What a day yesterday was!!!!!!!!!!! It was the moment of truth. I am teaching a quilting inspiration class at Ruti's. It was supposed to be a class that provided the students with inspirations and ideas for quilting designs. It is involving into a free motion quilting class, but that is OK - since what good are the ideas if you can't do the free motion!
Well I have THREE classes on the same day and this was the first time they came back with their quilting show n tell. I was BLOWN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost all had attempted some form of the free motion designs we chatted about last month. And wow - the quality of the work was AMAZING!!!!! I see some fabulous machine quilters in the wings!
And we are ALL our own worse critic! Yes - we all make mistakes, yes our stitch consistency is NOT consistent, yes our lines are not straight. BUT the key to success in all this is to learn to be a magician. Disguise or hide the stitches so no one can see them. You know they are there - but remember - we must learn to NOT criticize ourselves and go with it!!!!! I cannot emphasize that enough. Instead of saying - "oh there are lots of mistakes" - we need to say "thank you - I had fun with that".
Let's just say that I was impressed by their enthusiasm and CAN DO attitude!!!! I did not take pictures of their samples, but I took pictures of some other work - have a look.
|Cathy made this reversible placemat for her grand daughter - side one has one of her favourite foods - PASTA
|Side two has her other favourite food - ICE CREAM.
|Cathy also took the leftovers from another project (Rosewood Cottage) and put them on tea towels that she is going to use for gifts for her aunts!
Yes - I think you want to be on Cathy's gift list!!!
|Tish also made this stitch out of stitches on her sewing machine. This is just a FRACTION of the stitches on her machine. She never even played with the width and length either!!!!!!!!!!! A VERY USEFUL exercise!!!!
|Celia brought in her Rosewood Cottage (this was last year's project at Ruti's). Absolutely stunning
|Hard to see in the picture but she made TWO sided binding!!!!!!!!
|Marian is working on this quilt for her son. I think she said she has to have it done by the end of this month. Hmmm - she better get working!!!!!!!!!!!
|Diane has only a small machine and no extension table available. So she played with what she has and did some fabulous stitching!!!! Look she also made a set of coasters!
|Zildi has started her quilting inspiration book. She did not want me to share the inside with you but I wanted to recognize that she has started this book and it is fabulous inside. But for OUR EYES only.
|Lois (who has been hand quilting for 40 years) made this very modern quilt. It is absolutely stunning. I believe she said she is going to hand quilt it!!!
|Marilyn has a brand new sewing machine and is learning to sew. She has prepared some simple table runners with scraps and will be doing more practice.
|Shoot - I have forgotten this lady's name! Anyway - she has this gorgeous Double Irish Chain quilt that she has to get quilted for Christmas. She went home with a couple of ideas!
|And she also made this fabulous owl quilt. It is made with SIX owl panels. Too bad they would not make more panels in this size and orientation!!! I just love it. And in case you LOVE that border fabric - too late - I bought all that was left.
Now that I look back at the list - there were a LOT of people missing yesterday. But what an inspiring class. There was so much enthusiasm, no much energy and excitement in the room and I was so happy (no I was THRILLED TO BITS) at how many just bit the bullet and did those practice samples and actually stitched on their runners. They were SPECTACULAR.
On that note - I have a crazy day today!
Have a great day!