It was beautiful weather in Paducah, KY last week for my two classes at the National Quilt Museum, warm, autumnal, perfect. Above, my first class, posing in the museum's main gallery with two of my quilts as backdrop. Yes, there were onlookers watching us with either questioning looks or big grins, because this group was fun, talented, and really succeeded with their quilting. It was such a pleasure working with them.
They had the wonderful opportunity to view the quilts in the collection plus several exhibits, shop, eat at charming downtown restaurants, have lunch at Bryerpatch Studio with Caryl Bryer Fallert, and generally enjoy all that the museum and Paducah offer. What a terrific time we all had.
We certainly had an array of beautiful shades of denim!
I've scheduled this same class there for next Oct. 18-20, 2012 for experienced beginners and beyond. I think this is a wonderful class and we get a lot accomplished in the three days spent together. Because local shops close early we take a longer lunch break for either viewing the galleries (free to class members), shopping in the store on site, or eating out, shopping at the local quilt stores. Contact Rebecca Glasby at the museum for information from their website.
I had a second class after a day catching up, recording a video interview for my part in an upcoming exhibit at the museum, doing some re-shuffling of samples, and oiling my machine.
The second class was for experienced quilters and former students who worked on techniques and designs I suggested and also did some independent work with advice from me. They were definitely troublemakers, as you can see in the photos below.
Joan and Susan came complete with accessories, and made me smile every time I noticed their bat headbands gently bouncing as they worked or talked, while moving their heads. Susan is filling the bucket with chocolate bars, which we needed and ate! The handle had flashing lights....
Doing some quilting as a demo for interested students.
Class #2, below.
Thanks to all for making my time at the museum fly by, your talent and humor and hard work were terrific. I hope new students will sign up for next year's class where we'll explore free motion machine quilting on a home machine, take you to a higher level of expertise, and become friends and kindred spirits in quilting. I know I'll see many of you again at quilting events.
Keep quilting - your work definitely gets better every day,