Bright and early, I got my stuff loaded into my car and drove to the home of my friend Panda, and she loaded her stuff into the car and we drove together to the show. SHE talked me into going to this class. It was not a class I would have considered otherwise...it was described with paper piecing, and fusible web, and nylon thread, and oh blech, that just did not sound like MY cup of tee...and good grief, what did I need another Christmas wall hanging for! I had even thrown the brochure with the list of classes into the trash by the time she'd
And you know what? IT WAS. We had such a great time. The class was small, only nine of us. It was the instructors first time teaching this class...and she did a terrific job! Very nice, personable and helpful young woman. The teacher was Tina Curran (yes, I'm using a real name and she said it was ok). Here she is holding her quilt that we were learning. And you can see more of her work at her web site.
|Tina Curran with "O Christmas Tree"|
I only took a couple of photos at class so here are two of the ladies who were there.
|This is "M". She likewise was very nice, and I'm afraid I've already forgotten where she said she was from, but it seems it was closer than "P" though I could be wrong. She was at the table behind us, so we didn't get to talk as much with her.|
The class was from 9 - 5, and it sure doesn't seem like we got much done, time passed very quickly, but then, paper piecing does take a bit longer, and it's a method I've only done once before many years ago and was not overly fond of it. With that project, it came with pre-printed tissue paper sheets. For this class, she printed her patterns on standard printer paper and newsprint. We had the option of choosing either one. After the tissue-paper project, I really felt I did not enjoy paper-piecing. Using the stiffer paper, I found it to be much more enjoyable, although I'm still not crazy about how much time it takes - I'm a slow piecer anyway.
These are three blocks I managed to get done during the class.
|This is the boy. There will be six.|
|This is the star block, there will be four, one for each corner.|
|This is the girl block. There will be six.|
I'll show some of the photos I took at the show of the quilts on display sometime during the week, probably spread over a few days.