I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Tuesday to learn how to machine quilt. The course was called 'Beyond Stippling' and was taught by Elaine Quehl, an Ottawa area fibre artist. She did a trunkshow of her work at our Guild Meeting on Monday evening. Amazing stuff! You can see some of it here! Then she stayed in Toronto overnight to teach us how to machine quilt the next day.
Since I have no way to get around at the moment, a quilting friend (quilting friends are so great, aren't they?) offered to drive me. So I spent Monday night at my DD's house. It was fun. Kind of like a sleep-over! Then yesterday morning my friend picked me up, wheelchair, sewing machine and all, and we went to the workshop. It was a lot of fun and the time went by so quickly I couldn't believe it! Here is some of the quilting I did. Before this I was only doing simple meandering stippling stuff, but now I feel as if I could handle much more difficult designs!
It is actually like drawing. We were told to practice everyday with pencil and paper to make machine quilting easier. That sounds good to me. I love to doodle! Everyone loved the class and Elaine! She had laryngitis, but kept on teaching anyway. What a trouper!
My friend drove me back to my DD's house after the workshop and I had dinner there. Homemade pizza! Yum! My DH came for dinner and then took me home last night. I know I was only away from home for one night, but it felt like a mini vacation. It has rejuvenated me. Now I'm off to my sewing room to see what I can do with what I was taught yesterday. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I feel much more confident of my skills.