Friday I had my workshop with Becky Goldsmith "Little Bitty Ensy Teensy" It was a very good workshop. Lots of little tidbits of information that were very helpful with improving my applique stitch. My stitch was much longer than it should be. I found that I can get a smaller stitch with an Applique needle instead of a Straw needle. Becky was a wonderful teacher, enthusiastic and fun. I like the "Piece O' Cake" method with making the templates with photocopies and laminate and needle turn applique. Very accurate and easy to do. I think it will be very helpful for the applique on my DJ quilt.
This was the result of the one day class ( I also did a very tiny bit of a branch but it was not good - LOL)
The next day I had a class with Judy Morningstar - a Canadian teacher from Manitoba. "Creative Curves" She was also a very good teacher. Great sense of humor. It was a great class.
This is Judy with her curvy log cabin quilt. I just love this quilt. And the interesting thing here is that all the fabric she used was solid black fabric. Some of the fabric had been put in bleach and each black fabric came out slightly different colours from the bleach -- orange, green, purples etc. That is so amazing. She had tons of samples of what could be done just by sewing curvy fabric. And it was quite easy to sew the curves - after a little practice.
A bunch of sample blocks.
I made a few samples myself.
This is one of my samples just to show that I was able to master sewing curves. I also made a log cabin curvy block and a curvy four patch.
Jim and I have decided to take a little road trip next week to the Oregon Coast. We were thinking of staying around Lincoln City -- taking the dog --- and I am looking for ideas of good quilt shops in Oregon - along the coast. I have a few on my list so far. There seems to be a number of quilt shops in the area but if anyone out there has a favourite quilt shop on the Oregon Coast - I would love to know. I am quite excited about it - because we will be gone for over 7 days. I can bring back up to $750.00 duty free, Oregon does not have sales tax -- and the Canadian dollar is at par or close!!! How much shopping can I do......look out American Express!! Can you feel the excitement????