I got my quilting fix yesterday!
WOW! I had spent more than a week without the hum of machines and flying fabric scraps. I think It was a complete record for me.
Yesterday dawned clear and COLD up in Idaho Falls, but we were warm within, and I was pleased to spend the day with the members or the Snake River Valley Quilters and friends for a Texas Tumbleweed workshop from my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders!
SO MUCH FUN!!
I haven’t taught a workshop since the October cruise. I think that is the longest “non-teaching” stretch I have had in a long while as well, and it felt SO GOOD to be back amongst those who understand my need of saving every last piece, of cutting and stitching and and pressing and being with like-minded folk who understand my need without question.
We sewed and sewed and laughed and laughed and my heart was so happy to be here!
Ladder blocks came together by lunch time!
Stars were on the after-lunch agenda!
I even got to pet the feather-weight!
It’s been an amazing year, and this being my last venue of 2016, I’ve been in reflection mode. During one of my guild visits I think we experienced the LARGEST number of vintage machines in a workshop, where over half the machine population beat out their computerized contemporaries in number.
This time? ONE FEATHERWEIGHT in class! Only ONE!! This little pretty white baby just hummed along, and I was so happy to see her here.
Ingenious Tip of the Day!
Insulated mugs with screw on lids are PERFECT for cone thread! Just feed the thread end up through the straw hole, and away you go. This also keeps it from unravelling in your travel bag as you go back and forth to class. I’ve seen the coffee mug or quart jar equivalent, but this was AWESOME. Also – unbreakable!
And twos become fours!
Laughing too hard! OOPS!
The more you laugh with your neighbors, the greater the chance that something like this will happen! One of these things is not like the others! LOL!
And then there are whole tops!
Okay, someone got an early start, but we were so happy to have this example so we could see one all laid out:
You’ll find the rest of our photos in the slide show below. It’s been a while since I have done one of these as well!
Thank you ladies for such an awesome day!
SO MUCH FUN
We will do it all again today with Pineapple Blossom from the free patterns tab up on deck. It’s the LAST DAY of this Mountain West Adventure. Tomorrow I fly home.
In other news:
If you visited YESTERDAY’S POST for Pat Sloan’s ‘Teach Me to Machine Quilt’ Mega Fun Blog Tour, these are TODAY’S sites you need to visit:
- American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine www.allpeoplequilt.com/blog
- Mathew Boudreaux misterdomestic.net/ and instagram.com/misterdomestic/
- Moda – Carrie Nelson blog.modafabrics.com/
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage 4 patch / 9 patch quilt found in Idaho Falls yesterday.
My niece Addie is in Middle School. It was her room I took over while I stayed in Utah this past week. She is an amazing young lady, and this quote was in a frame on a table in her room. I I learn so much from how grown-up my young nieces are. I love it when our young people show the better example.
Oh, and on a bonus note – I arrived in Idaho Falls WITHOUT my charger cord. I texted my sister to just mail it to me – I had forgotten that she and her family were headed up here last night for my brother-in-law’s grandmother’s memorial service this afternoon. She’s staying only 6 minutes from where I am. So after they checked in last evening, she came over for a visit and I got to hug her AGAIN. And as I am typing this I am teary eyed. This wonderful sister of mine is 16 years my junior. It’s taken until NOW for us to really build the relationship that I have always wanted. I love her so much, and I attribute how wonderful my nieces and nephew are to the wonderful parents that she and Mark are. Condolences to the Harker family on their loss. Grandma Harker was in her late 90s, and she had a long and fruitful life, but it is still hard to say goodbye.
And I just looked at the clock, and I’m running late – so without further words, off I go!
Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!