One of the things I was most looking forward to was the Emphasis class with Carolyn Friedlander. Honestly, when I registered for the class, I thought it was topical - about adding emphasis to a quilt. In actuality, it was a paper-piecing class making the pattern Emphasis, from Carolyn's book, Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design. I was eager enough to meet and learn from Carolyn that I took the class anyway, even though you know paper-piecing isn't necessarily my favorite. BUT, I learned several new techniques in the class that made the actual paper-piecing in the class easier, so I'm really pleased I took it, and am excited to finish the project I've started.
Rachel/Snippets of Sweetness, me, and Carolyn
My project so far - half of a "Stripe" table runner
Carolyn and all of our projects on the design wall
The other class I took was Basic Improv Quiltmaking with the Quilters of Gee's Bend. It was definitely an honor to be in class with them, and touching to have them begin class with a song and a prayer. After that, though, there was no instruction other than "start sewing." So we did. After working on my piece for a while, one of them caught me mulling over what to do next. I was told, "your heart will tell you."
Getting started - 1 shirt, some linen & voile scraps, and a stack of modern scraps
My project so far
The Quilters of Gee's Bend - China Pettway, Mary Ann Pettway,
Lucy Lee Witherspoon, Gloria Hobbins - and me
After making a Cargo Duffle specifically to take to QuiltCon, I couldn't resist joining in on the Noodlehead bag meet up, though I know there were way more Noodlehead bags there!
And another fun thing to do was to take the Test Your Kona IQ challenge! You got 2 1/2 minutes to try and identify 30 colors, and I came away with a score of 200 (out of 300). Not bad! Made me realize I really need to see all of those newest colors though.
Well that's enough for now. More to come . . .