I have set a time for the first new class, formally called Practicing Your Penmanship, but could also be referred to as Free Motion Quilting for the Totally Terrified. Tuesday, May 16, from 1pm to 5 p.m.
A link to the class description is here
I am pretty excited about this class, since I really believe that the approach it takes will make the idea and practice of free motion quilting accessible to people who think that "they can't draw".
I have been spending hours with various sketchbooks and marking tools, learning and expanding on the ideas that will be explored in this class. Next to my drawings, I am keeping a running commentary on the process--- observations, how to present the content, tips, what skills are being developed and all that sort of stuff.
So, to the potential people who might take this class, I can promise you that your mind will be whirring and you'll have tons of stuff to practice, whether on paper, or stitching on the longarm or on your domestic machine.
I hope that after teaching the class once I will get some feedback and continue to make it effective, then schedule more classes starting in July. High hopes!
A new longarm class
One of the things I have been doing over the past couple of weeks is developing a couple of new longarm classes. the first one I am working on will be called Practicing your Penmanship.
I have noticed that many people feel very insecure about their free motion abilities, yet that is the type of quilting that most people find most rewarding. so this class will be the first step in developing some long arm techniques to have at your fingertips, using skills you didn't even know you already had. it really is based on some penmanship ideas, and who didn't love penmanship when they were a child at school.
i'm working out the content of the class using big sketchbook of newsprint, since I'm away from my long arm machine for a couple of weeks. I myself am finding a lot more confidence in some of these basic movements and I'm pretty excited to be back in May to work these ideas out on the machine.
I'm hoping that I will have a couple of guinea pigs to try the class out on in May as well.
there is a lot of material that can be covered in the class, between the sketchbook and the actual machine work, so I'm just a bit unsure about how long to schedule a class for.
I decided that the best way to get familiar with the new blog was to just write more entries!
I also discovered how to fix the problem of the blog having no sidebar, which had been baffling me. So, now there is a sidebar that makes it possible to search the archives and categories, and for a reader to add the blog to their rss feed!
It also helped to get re-acquainted with using my laptop computer. It is so easy to use my ipad for almost everything, but sometimes it doesn't have all the functions that a real computer has.
This is a photo of in the studio where I have been taking photos of quilts!
I am using a system of "command hooks" stuck on the wall that hold the metal dowel.
There are clips that attach to the top edge of the quilt, and hook onto the rings on the dowel. Very slick. The wall gets some good lighting, until the sun creeps in later in the afternoon to cast shadows.
I took photos of a huge stack of quilts, which I am now trying to decide what to do with.
Some of them I am adding to the website to try to sell.
Some of them I will end up giving away,
and some of them I will probably take home to keep!
Hope that your Easter Sunday is lovely!
It is sort of hard to develop a new routine sometimes. I am finding it tricky to get used to this new blog format. I wrote a blog when I had Periwinkle, and after 713 posts, I had become very used to the system it used. Now, it is like I am starting from scratch again.
I was thinking about how one does things on a computer or tablet as opposed to doing something with physical items. For instance, when we got new fabric delivered at the store, we unpacked it, cut and folded fat quarters, labelled them and put everything on a shelf for display. When I write a blog entry, it is sort of the same, but at a remove. I need to open the program and find my place. I open a new page to write on to, and think of what I want to say. then, I type words, and place them on the page. to add a photo, I need to go to where it is stored and retrieve it, sometimes editing it to make it show more of what I want to communicate. Sometimes I can't find the photo I want to use, or it is on a different device so I have to figure out how to move it over to the device I am using. Putting together the blog post is sort of like putting a display together. I think we have been told so often that doing things on a computer are so quick and easy, that it comes as a surprise to find out that it actually takes a fair bit of time to compile something using words and images.
Right now I am out of Saskatoon for a month, so Nancy, Wendy and Sandy are taking over the studio while I am away. I am going into longarm withdrawal.
While I am here in Savannah, I have a goal! Over the past few weeks, I took many photos of the quilts I had had at the shop. Most of them had been shop samples for kits and fabrics. My goal is to sift through and decide what to do with. them. I think that some I will donate or give away, and some I will put up for sale. It is sort of a long shot to sell a quilt though.