Sunday, September 27, 2020

Celebration Show and Tell


When anything gets done - it's time for a celebration! I'm slowly working myself out of the mountain of deadlines that I let accumulate. It's not so much the quantity, it's the lack of time management! I'll survive through it, but I'll be glad when this coming week is over. 

Yesterday we had our two classes for the ongoing classes at The Hobby Horse. Of course, it was held via Zoom so no travel was required. I'm not sure how I would work in travel time at the moment. There's no time for travel. I did lose the internet a couple of times yesterday. I didn't call Bell, I was just too tired at the end of the day. But - I'll be calling today. 

I'm teaching FIVE of these ongoing classes. Yep - whose idea was that? Mine of course, and I love every minute of it. I have FIVE more scheduled for the coming year. And a lot of the past quilts from these classes are bogged down in my UFOs. BUT - the good news is that I'm almost up-to-date with the homework for ALL five of the current quilts. How is that? 

But I'm madly working on those UFOs for the UFO club and so there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. What's important in all this is that the number of UFOs being finished is greater than the number that is added. OK - so NONE are being added. I need to start and finish a project and I've been sticking to that pretty well. 

Today, I'm going to share the show and tell from the Celebration class. What's even better is that the written homework has already been sent out, as well as the written homework for Aviatrix Medallion which was on Friday. I have two more to get ready (hopefully today). Then a little bit of sewing and I'll be caught up again! I also updated the class list for the fall and the ongoing classes for next year. I hope to get that posted to my blog by tomorrow. I still have a few writing assignments that are waiting and those will happen this afternoon. I'm getting things done - it just seems like there is so much! BUT - no panic is allowed. Just take one thing at a time. Breathe  - breathe  -- breathe.

And yet, I can't be too worried about it - I did go for a long walk with both girls last night and I did sit in the backyard to read for a while. I mean - it's summer - we have to enjoy the good weather while we can! 

OK -- what's really frustrating about this silly internet connection? It never used to go down. And you can't blame overcapacity on the bandwidth. It just went down. It's not even 7 AM on a Sunday morning. You can't tell me that everyone is up and using it. There is SOMETHING WRONG. GRRRRR! What's "hilarious" about this is that I don't have to do anything to get the connection back. All that's necessary is to wait three minutes and it's back up. Now, why is that? And I know that it goes down because I stream the radio on the darn thing or I'm on the computer or on a Zoom call. Sometimes, it's just a blip and sometimes, it goes completely down. 

Now onto the Show and Tell. Some people are further along than others. I'm showing something from everyone in the class regardless of where they are. 

The first one belongs to Judy. A lot of lights in this quilt. I can't wait to see what happens when it gets larger as the coloring is quite different from the others. 


Diane is using some darker colors and so far I like it. The outer border might be a wee bit dark, but if something lighter gets put behind the dark, it should be fine. 


Grace is working on some bright and funky colors. I love that mottled green/orange/yellow batik that she used. 


This is Susan's quilt and WOW. That pink/green color combination rocks! I can't wait to see this one finished! 


Wendy colored those "flowers" at the corners of the center to match the flowers in her busy print. It looks amazing!!!


Kathi LOVES these colors - notice that the quilt matches her bedspread! I love that she took the pink and placed it on both sides of that dark border. A whole different look just by changing one color!


This is Marilyn's COVID quilt. She didn't buy any fabrics but used what she had. And she has the center stitched together. It's an interesting mix of color and I think it's going to look great when it's done. See how that orange along the edges pulls out the star in the center?


Valerie has chosen BRILLIANT jewel tones for her quilt. I love how that dark border is making everything pop, inside, and outside that frame. 


Cindy is making a very masculine quilt. I just love looking at all the variations to see how the color placements and values can make the same quilt look so different. 


This is Lynne's version of the quilt. Very soft and pretty but the color combination works. We all agreed that this one looks the most like a real tile floor in some European castle!


Catherine is working with batiks and look at how those flowers pop. They remind me of cacti flowers for some reason! But it works. 


Nancy is doing greens. What I love is that she's used a solid black for those large patches and it doesn't overwhelm the quilt. She also used a busy print for the echo behind the flowers. Totally changes the look!


Patti is creating a much darker version of the quilt. It looks great though and she's contemplating changing that center block to something a bit darker as the yellow does tend to take center stage. 


 Linda is doing renovations on her sewing room so she's a bit behind. But this grey/black/white and red color combination is going to look amazing. 


This quilt is Mary's. Wow-what a totally different look from the others. It's so soft and very feminine. 


This is my version of the quilt with the blocks for this month's homework in place. There are only eight blocks left to go. 


Here's the thing about these quilts - you learn so much! I learn from the students and they learn from me. It just doesn't get any better than that. And where else would you get to see so many colorways at one time? And where would you get advice while working on your quilt? Oh yes - not only do we do have our show and tell, but we offer advice (if asked or not!) and it's a great way to stay in touch with each other!

I also love the Zoom format (I know - you know that I like Zoom), but here's the thing. If we were doing this in class, we would NOT be seeing the entire quilts. We would be seeing the blocks for that month. Personally, I'm loving seeing the quilts as they are made. It's still going to be a WOW factor when we do the final Show and Tell in November. 

Everyone has done a great job so far and I can't wait until November!!!

If you want to be part of these exciting classes and have your Show and Tell on the blog, I'll be posting the list of the next FIVE ongoing classes. I have a wee bit of proofing to do and it should be ready to post tomorrow. Yes -- ALL of them will be held on ZOOM so that means that ANYONE, ANYWHERE can be a participant! How exciting is that? 

On that note, I'd better get moving. It's UFO club today and I see that not everyone has sent pictures of their homework for the show and tell. My guess is that they're madly working on it right now!!! Like I should be!

Have a great day!!!



  1. Have you tried rebooting the router?

    1. Barbara -- you do NOT know how many times that has happened. Doesn't change a thing!