Monday, April 2, 2012

Hand-quilting Class...

Quote for the Day:
"My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and 
I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can."   
~Cary Grant

Saturday was my first time teaching a hand-quilting class at Classic Quilt Shop in Clarksburg.   I had 4 students (the classroom will only accommodate a maximum of 6 students).  I had a great time and I'm hoping the ladies did, too!  :)

Only 1 of the 4 students was an actual new hand-quilter...the other three wanted advice and help learning certain techniques to help them in their quilting.  I'm hoping that I was able to help!  :)

This is Barbara...she was the only "newbie" to hand quilting.  She found she couldn't use a thimble, so here she is just using her bare fingers to quilt.  She did GREAT!

Next was Mary...she wanted to learn how to quilt away from herself using Ted's Thumb Thimble, which is what I use.  I let her use mine and she practiced with it for 2+ hours!  She did well and is going to buy one of the Ted's thimbles for herself to use at home.

Next was Diana...she HAD the Ted's Thumb Thimble, but hadn't figured out how to use it.  I showed her how to use it and away she went with it!  She worked the entire time with just the thumb thimble, like Mary did, and walked away from the class pleased with her ability to use it by the end of the class!  :)

And last, but not even close to be 'least', we had Susan who, instead of bringing a preprinted piece of fabric to practice on, brought an original marked piece of fabric.  Her last name begins with "H", hence the letter in the middle!  :)  She, too, was a proficient hand-quilter, but wanted to learn more about preparing and using a hoop instead of a frame.

We talked and laughed and visited and had a good time!  I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and agreed to teach this class.  If the interest arises again, I will teach it again, too.

Last Friday, the Elegant Lady rose bush that we had ordered from Jackson & Perkins arrived in the mail and today while Andy was home for lunch, he planted it over her grave site in the back yard.  Her grave is along the chain link fence that separates our yard from the neighbor's yard.

When we had to put Lady to sleep in March, the vet's office gave this package to us...

...and inside was this...

Very sweet and thoughtful!  We would like to find a larger rock, approximately 12" X 12" to attach it to, paint her name on, and place under the rose bush.  We will be keeping our eyes open to see what we can find...

On Sunday, Andy & I went with friends to see the movie "The Hunger Games".  I had never read the book, but my friend had.  I had only seen the previews and knew a little about the premise of the story.  All I can say is that it was EXCELLENT!!!  I will also tell you that it definitely left itself open for sequels.  :(   In fact, when the movie seemed to be at a the end but it also seemed like there was going to be sudden plot twist, I turned to my friend and said "it ain't over, yet"...and I had no sooner said the words then the credits started to roll, obviously leaving an opening for a sequel.  

Anyway, if you get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it!  :)


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful news about your new quilting class. I have never heard of the "thumb thimble" and am excited about looking for one too. I have used a leather thimble on my thimble finger and on my thumb. Works great too! Thanks again for the info. :)