Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Road to California - Day 2

The second day I spent learning machine quilting. The class was taught by Lois Smith - here is a bit about Lois on the Backroads to Road to California blog. We warmed up a bit with a small practice piece then started making a set of three panels on white sateen using the purple air erase markers to define where to sew..after we finished the three pieces, we put them together using a 'quilt as you go technique'...the class sample had a border, but I decided just to make mine have a facing and use it as a table runner.


Here is the class sample:



























And here are the three panels that I got finished...I have since put the facing on it so its not a UFO anymore!And the purple marker is almost gone...you can still see faint lines...


























After dinner at Olive Garden (I went wild and ordered a delicious steak..half of which I took home to DH!), one of my friends and I went to a needlefelting class and made this cute strawberry pincushion. This class was taught by 'Bird Brain Designs' - a bunch of delightfully funny ladies - and was one of the most fun classes I have attended! I really enjoyed needlefelting..so much so, that I now have the foam block, three single needles, a 4 needle tool, lots of wool roving and a cute tote bag from the Bird Brain ladies! I just need to make a cotton cover for the foam block to keep the roving from getting stuck in the foam..and I am all set to experiment with making balls, and critters and whatnot out of wool...I might have to buy me a sheep if I really get into this!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your stuff from Road is wonderful. Looks like you came away with lots of great projects, ideas and techniques. Your Tuscan landscape is perfect for our RR.............it has inspired me to get cracking and get my base designed and going!