A couple of days ago my daughter in law posted Eli's 3 month photo on instagram and remarked that these three months had been the craziest they had ever experienced. I agree. It seems that my new normal has been responding to crisis on an almost weekly basis as three different members of my family have been in and out of the hospital. In the midst of all that came an oasis of calm when I took a weekend for myself to attend Quilting with your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gehring.
If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Jacquie, please do. She is a superb teacher very clear and calm and with an easy manner that makes you feel like she is your friend.
We learned a lot of technical stuff in the workshop, and for me this was a lot easier to learn in real life than in a video or in a book. We learned how to mark our walking foot feet to help us in stopping and turning and yes going evenly along those curves in the spiral.
We practiced designs using minimal marking (two lines are marked in the sample above) and we learned to sew from point to point without a line. This skill which teaches you to look where you want to go not at your foot is one which will help me not only with my quilting but with my piecing. I've always had trouble sewing on a line. Sewing on the line is where we ended our sampling with this design which is made entirely of straight lines which are marked.
Jacquie brought along many sample of her work which was a great way to show us how the designs we were learning would look in a quilt. Jacquie's work is really inspirational and I left the workshop with a desire to look at where my quilting is going and where I would like it to go. My time is so limited now that I feel I need to be more selective with what I work on. I'd like to focus more on specific skills and creative design.
Jacquie was really good at helping us to recognize our skill level, to work within that skill level but also to break out bravely and learn new things.
I went to the workshop with Deb, who I met at the Toronto Modern Guild. I couldn't have chosen a better person to go with. She was a great room mate and it was fun getting to know her a little better on this trip. Maybe there will be future quilting adventures for us. I'm sharing this post with Beth at Main Crush Monday. Happy Labour Day everyone.