|The Bloomin Inn|
Bradie and Matt of the Sparrow Quilt Company put together longarm classes in a retreat setting - IN ALBERTA - and I couldn't resist signing on!
The classrooms were rarely empty - I must have taken this at noon when everyone bolted for the dining room!
Anyway, this was Dusty's space for the duration.
We were divided into two groups - my group worked with Dusty first. We did four sessions over the course of two days before switching and doing the same with Sue.
I can't remember Dusty's session names, but they were things like "Bread N Butter Quilting", "Good Feathers Gone Bad", "Filigree Feathers" and the like. This is a little taste of my work on Day One.
|Day one at the frame|
Feathers got fancier as the day went on.
|Trying new shapes|
And then we got into ruler work and templates - and that was pretty fun, too!
|Using Dusty's tools|
Here's Dusty showing his process at the white board. He would also draw on fabric for people to trace, which explains the marker tucked over his ear.
It was also a great mental exercise to watch him quilt. I liked to see how he would handle awkward areas with grace, and how he filled up the space.
Show and Tell!
We enjoyed a trunk show one evening. The quilts were passed around, and we were welcome to take photos. There's nothing better than a close look at the quilting!
|Cute, right??? I believe this is Sue's work.|
|And, I believe this is Dusty's super cool work.|
Another of Sue's whole cloth quilts, below. Even though Sue hates this quilt (there's a back story), it's an award winner for good reason. The stitching is beautiful.
|Sue's thread work|
Below is a close up of some of Dusty's thread work.
He made a quilt for the Sparrows depicting an angel and a devil (both sparrows, of course!). Bradie says that CLEARLY this guy represents Matt, which means she must be the angel. I will (wisely) leave it to them to sort that out on their own! Ha!
|Dusty's thread work|
Four sessions on various topics whizzed by with Sue, too. We used stencils in inventive ways and learned to stretch, tweak, flip, combine, and change designs to fit every space on a quilt.
|Sue at the white board|
Sue's designs were less familiar, so they took extra thought on my part. And scribbling. Lots of scribbling!
|Once I had a shape figured out, tracing it over and over helped train my brain!|
Once I started getting the hang of things, the shapes were really fun to stitch! (Remember, we were learning on the fly - tidiness was the last thing on my mind!)
We also learned how Sue uses rulers in her work, and played with even more variations (size, shapes, fillers, spines, and so on).
|Dressing up geometric "bones"|
While I can't show you everything we learned in our classes, I can show you how we all felt by the end of day four.
|Catchin' some zzzz's|
The following photos hint at the artful displays of collectibles at the retreat center. Every nook and cranny was bursting with bits of history.
In the dining room:
On the way in the door of "the barn" where the classrooms and some of the bedrooms are housed:
One corner in Sue's classroom (the view in every direction had more, More, MORE!)
Out on the deck:
I don't even remember where this was taken!
Entry to the house:
It's fascinating - but I sure am glad I don't have to dust!!!
Home, Sweet Home
Now I'm home and excited to make good use of the things I've learned!
Try, Learn, & Grow!