Oh my god - take a workshop with Al Cote and lunch prepared by his wife Debbie!!!!! Yes - if you want a FUN FUN FUN day - you MUST MUST MUST take a workshop from Al Cote. When I saw Al at our guild meeting last month, I recognized his face, but not who he was. AHA - he used to own the quilt shop in Niagara Falls. I think it was called Back Porch Quilts or something to that effect. Anyway - they sold the shop - that's a whole story in itself and now they do trunks shows, retreats, workshops, etc.
Some of us were not able to take the quilted rug workshop when it was held through the guild so we booked our own date and six of us were off to spend a day with Al and Debbie.
First - I want to move to his neighbourhood. It is gorgeous, the house is stunning and perfectly located. Oh yes - I'm packing up!!!! The commute to work would kill me so I better wait until I retire. HA - that's so funny, I'm practically rolling on the floor.
My new philosophy about workshops - I used to want everything to be perfect and barely got anything done. That attitude is now out the door. Nope - I don't care if my fabrics aren't perfect - I don't care if my stitching isn't the best - I am there to learn the basic technique. Then if I am interested - I can go home and perfect the technique - choose different colors or whatever. Maybe that is also partly why I had so much fun. Normally in a workshop - I get very little done.
I'm not going into details here - nope - you have to take the class yourself. Why would I spoil your fun????
Here is Maria - making the first cut!!!!! AH...............................
|Maria - making the first cut|
|My dragon rug!!!!!|
|Cutting is done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
I know -- that big green blob sticks out - I may do something on that. No time to think about that at the moment. I think most of us finished the cutting in class. Then the quilting and we are pretty much finished.
Claudette cheated and used a gorgeous print on top. You would think that the print is like that - nope - she has added background, purple leaves and some nice little white highlights!!!!!! Oh yes - this one is stunning.
|Claudette's flower garden in the tropics|
|Maria's neat stitching and cutting|
Vivenda went for a total abstract and I love this. The colors, particularily of that multi color batik add some very interesting pops of color. And that hot pink on top - wow!!!!!!
|Vivenda's hot abstract|
|Sacha's art deco|
|Jan's Christmas rug|
Well - there you have it - if every you get a chance to take a class from Al - just sign up. Don't even ask what he is teaching - you are guaranteed to have a riot. I'm going to book him again for our guild next year. Want to sign up now??????
On that note - it's going to be a nutso day and I had better get started or I'll be late.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!