Sometimes it seems that life just gets in the way of my stitching plans. Has that ever happened to you? You have your day, or week, or month planned with ample stitching time allotted, and BAM! Along comes a “time sucker.” So it was with me during the later part of October and November. My best laid plans were interrupted by life. I believe that I am now back on the straight and narrow finishing up Sarah’s Revival interspersed with a fun Christmas throw for next year.
Academy tasks are in full swing as several classes are full, with registration closing January 31st. PS – if you haven’t had a chance to register for this WONDERFUL event yet, or have a friend that would like to join you, now is the time to reserve your seats!
About 15 years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to love the dreaded “A” word (appliqué). I had been quilting for MANY years at that point, and had successfully avoided ANY patterns that introduced appliqué. I took a class from a wonderful teacher in California, but just didn’t “get it.” Then I treated myself to attend the Academy and took a class from Nancy Kerns. It was like a light bulb went off! She was able to break each task and movement down to “bite sized” pieces that made sense to me. Her Eagle block was the first appliqué block that I completed. And the rest, as they say, is history. We are SO fortunate that Nancy will be teaching at the Academy this year – her last year before retirement. I love both of her blocks, the Albion Sailing Ship and Baltimore Harbor View – both very traditional Baltimore blocks. I’m sure that anyone that takes these classes will come out with a thorough understanding of appliqué and two beautiful blocks well on their way to completion. Nancy’s calm and encouraging demeanor as well as her vast knowledge of appliqué is sure to empower the student to a successful appliqué journey. Why not register today for these classes?
I truly love to appliqué, and look forward to my time each evening to stitch, relax, and unwind. As I finish each appliqué top (I try to finish 3 a year), there is almost a sense of being lost, until I chose the next pattern and get started.
I have (2) more borders to add to this quilt, and then it is going into my floor frame for quilting.
I would like to blog about everyone’s “studios.” First, I guess the definition of a “studio,” for me, is anywhere that you can work and be inspired – from the dining room table, to a spare closet, to the guest bedroom, to your seat on a commuter train, to a full blown studio. Send me your pictures, with a brief description of the “space” and let’s enjoy each other’s work areas, and maybe get a few ideas. Here are some “teaser” pictures of mine – more to follow.