Grrr....I came all the way to NC Quilt Symposium and all I made was this lousy teapot!
I'm having such a great time and meeting so many wonderful people. I just wish I had a bigger brain to remember everyone's name and infinite time to take classes with every teacher!
Yesterday I had a class with Robbi Joy Eklow, an absolutely terrific quilter who taught her method of fabric fusing.
First I fused up the little cup, then we all got to pick a pattern and work on it during the rest of class. The whole teapot design has a vase and bigger cup, but knowing how I work, I'll probably never finish it.
To be perfectly honest, I'm not the best workshop taker. I just don't focus on finishing the actual project, but more on learning the technique.
It just never works well for me to focus on finishing a project because I'm just not as comfortable in a workshop. I don't have all the tools and gadgets that make my studio my wonderful haven of creativity.
So I learned a few years ago to stop trying to produce a whole awesome project, but to instead master the technique and then go home, rest, relax, and play with the technique when I have every tool and supply and fabric I could possibly need.
That's just my two cents about workshop taking, so I've had a terrific time. Today I had another class with Robbi, and since it was on much of the same technique, I skipped out and went to a cooking demonstration (this symposium is being held at a culinary school so they had 2 extra cooking classes just for fun!)
The demonstration was on foccia bread and pizza making and the pizza the instructor made smelled heavenly and tasted even better. Come to think of it, I should have snapped a photo, but I didn't think of it in time and ate my slices too quick!
So that's it for this day of classes and fun. I just got back from picking up my quilts and yes, they did do very well! Release Your Light was awarded Best in Show and Winter Wonderland won Best Machine Quilting. Not bad!
But there were many, many gorgeous quilts in the show and now I feel brimming with creativity and passion to go home and do nothing but quilt for the next month straight.
Which, come to think of it, I'm planning to do just that!
The rest of June will be devoted to finishing Shadow Self and several other projects, filming loads of new quilting videos, and starting a few new projects, maybe even ANOTHER new goddess!
Now I'm off to another event and tomorrow I'll be home and reunited with my machine by 2:00pm. I swear I'm going through free motion quilting withdrawal!
Let's go quilt!