Monday, November 16, 2009

East Coast Quilter's Gathering Nashua, NH 2009

Home at last! Airlines were running on time, even early in most cases, and weather was great! Classes were even better than that. I loved this venue and hope to go back some day to the Quilter's Gathering. Most of the days I taught there, I forgot my little digital camera when I was teaching my workshops. Just too busy thinking about other things. But for the Internet class, I went back over my lunch hour and got it from my hotel room. This was the first time I actually taught the Internet pattern as a formal class, and I think that I was the one who learned the most from this experience. I learned that photos of workshop projects should be easier to find on my website and include a clickable link to view a larger photo of the project. Secondly, all workshop descriptions on my website should include a link to a pdf of the supply list. This particular project has an extensive fabric list that included 72 different hand-dyed fabrics. Any of you who work with hand-dyes know this represents a sizable investment in fabric. One group of sisters who took this class even hand-dyed their own fabrics for this project. Their results were beautiful! (But I bet they didn't spend much less money on dyeing supplies than buying hand-dyes outright!) What an experience, though. I really admired their adventuresome spirit for taking this on. Another challenge for this workshop group was tackling curved piecing by machine. I learned about a gadget called "The CurveMaster" by Martelli. Several of the participants owned this item, two confessed to preferring it to my way of stitching the curves outright without using it, and one of them demonstrated it for the class. I tried it, too, and was impressed. I will have to experiment further with it after mine arrives in the mail. Quilters always seem to be smiling! Color abounded at every workstation. Cutting strips and more strips.... The fruits of our labor.... The afternoon session was spent stitching strips together and getting all the part organized to create the 3-D effect that makes this quilt so interesting. Because there isn't enough time in a workshop to make all the blocks for the entire quilt, we combined the class's efforts on the design wall, and look at the result! I think scattering the colors across the quilt rather than placing them into color groupings imparts even more visual impact to the quilt's design than my original way of putting them together. After I saw what was happening on the design wall, I've decided I must make one of these quilts using commercial prints, paying special attention to value rather than color, just to see what will come of it. We were all intrigued by how nicely everybody's fabrics and colors played together with each other on the design wall! There were no bad choices or ugly fabrics in the lot of them.

2 comments:

  1. I love that quilt Elsie! Hope you're feeling good :)

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  2. Jan, just returned from my successful (this time!) cataract surgery. Am feeling good, and oh, so glad to have it over. Next, is epidural corticosteroid injections in the lumbar region of my back on Friday. One day soon, all my body parts will be back playing nicely with each other, I hope.

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