In addition to my accomplishments in the last post I have been doing some teaching. It feels good to have full classes
and excited students. My Twister class went very well. I
learned a few things that will make the next class go smoother.
My next class I will do the same wreath pattern but with flag fabric. I saw one done on Pinterest but the pattern was a little different. I didn't realize that until mine was almost done. No matter, I am going to make it work.
Here it is with a border preview. I am going with the flag fabric. I am also thinking of doing the waste border before this final border but I need to finish constructing the center and than make the waste border before I decide. The tan border does nothing for the center. I saw the same wreath pattern done in Halloween fabric but I think for a fall class I will do the Witch's Hat I did a couple of years ago. The wreath pattern is a nice size because the center is done when class is done. The teacher needs some variety.
You can see that Witch's hat here.
My other class that was full was a Beginner's EQ7 Class. Another bunch of excited ladies but they were on brain overload by the time I finished with the 3 hour class. They are so excited about learning more about EQ7 they want my Beyond the Basics Class in May.
I teach at a LQS, A Quilter's Oasis.
On February 7th I went to the AQS Quilt Show that was in Phoenix. I went with my lovely friend Lorene, we meet through our blogs and when we realized we were both local we meet and became friends. We had a lovely time. It was a nice show but I get a little overwhelmed with the masterful art quilt and the fancy quilting. The truth is I will never be that kind of quilter. I just wished in shows they had another category for professional quilters but not the super professional quilters if you know what I mean.
There were some fun vendors and I picked up a few new tools. I have plenty of fabric and I am trying to buy for projects only and I don't need any more books or patterns. Well I did buy one pattern.
The first tool is called The Strip Stick. It helps press those seams that are close together. I used it on my new pattern and I was very pleased with it. Short narrow strips, 1" wide. Here it is in action.
Here I pressed the seams open but you can do them closed also. Here is the back of the project I used it on. It worked very well for this. I used it on a bigger project, the center of the flag twister but I wasn't as comfortable with it in that size project. I am sure I need a little practice with it. This product is reasonably priced compared to others I have seen. I purchased the middle size.
I also purchased their Seams Sew Fast - Quilt Strip Piecing Guide. It didn't work well with the 4" x 1" strips I was working with but I will try it when I do wider strips. I like the concept. The other tool I haven't used yet but I will review it when I use it.
So the pattern kit I purchased is called Baby Steps from
The Red Button Company. They have some really cute patterns, and many are kits. There was a generous amount of fabric, I have left over sashing and squares. And the tiny buttons are just so cute!
So here it is. I have started the embroidery.
Those squares are 1/2" square. I haven't worked with anything this small in a while. I did the mini Square strips about a week after the show. This week I constructed the rest and started the embroidery. I had to brush up on my embroidery stitches. I am only doing the chain stitch and a daisy stitch. It is so cute. I can see this done in 30's fabric. I have enjoyed doing the handwork at night while watching TV with Mr. B.
Well I think that makes up to date. I hope all is well with you and yours.
Yesterday the 13th we celebrated our 22nd Wedding Anniversary!
And let me tell you the adventure continues. There will be
some big news later this year but I will keep it under raps
for a little longer. We had a quite celebration of left overs and balloons and flowers.
I love the Maxine balloon.
is a woman's reward for putting up with men.
Mr. B. knows I love my chocolate.
Sweet and Simple!
Happy Stitching, Scrapbooking and just plan old living!