|The lodge is perched high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River.|
Tuesday I took the Scrappy Hidden Spools class taught by Bonnie Hunter. I was in heaven. Just getting to meet her was fantastic. We ended the day with a dinner and Bonnie presented on her famous scrap saving system and shared oodles of fabulous quilts. I admit I had not bought into sorting my scraps like she does, but I am now sold on the process after seeing how efficiently she can put quilts together using her scrap system. I plan to spent the weekend sorting and cutting scraps.
|Bonnie's quilts for the classes. (Scrappy houses is for Wednesday class)|
|Isn't this gorgeous. Bonnie has been doing the strip piecing for the sashes on Quilt-Cam.|
|Bonnie Hunter sharing about her quilt.|
|My favorite Bonnie scrappy house. This quilt has all red background.|
|My Hidden Spools Project-more to come.|
One of the nicest surprises of the Sewing Expo was the A Full Deck of Cards class, taught by Sheila Reinke. I picked this class because it said it was intermediate, so I thought it would be a challenge. I've never done this block before: it was a great opportunity to learn something entirely new. Another nice thing about this class is the class fee included the fabric. It was nice to just show up with your tools.
What a joy this class was. The ladies in the class where wonderful. Sheila is a gem. She is so patient
and never seemed to mind explaining things over and over. We learned some tricks with the quilt in a day ruler. That was wonderful and I can see how I will use that tool over and over. If you get the opportunity take a class from this lovely lady, don't pass it up.
|Sheila Reinke and samples of our project.|
I really had fun with the project. I finished everything but the last border in class. I realized I had made a mistake. One block was turned the wrong way. Sheila was go gracious is saying we could place our blocks anyway we wanted, but honestly I think they where supposed to be mirror images of each other. I am half way there. I was going to take it apart, but as my table mate Sharon said, if you don't tell anyone they won't know. I realized she is right. Since this is a small quilt I plan to quilt it myself. I will put it on the wall in my sewing area. It should be interesting. If it was a gift for someone I would have taken it apart to make it as perfect as possible. I am just going to enjoy this one flaws and all.
|busy ladies working on projects|
|My "A Deck of Cards" project.|
So what an experience. Three days off work to sew. It was heaven. Tomorrow it's back to work, for at least a few days. I do get to travel north next week and will be going to my Ohio Stars meeting in Port Clinton. Oh boy, I have really been Quilting Together. Come on and join us!