Wednesday, 29 May 2013

End of a Class

This evening marks the end of the Beginner's Quilting Class that I've been teaching for the last 6-weeks.  The ladies taking the class have all been excellent, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know them a bit.  I hope to run a similar class again in the fall, probably with a slightly different pattern so that if anyone who took the class this spring wants to take it again, maybe with a friend, they aren't making the exact same project and can still learn something new.

It has been a very hectic few weeks, and at times my organizational skills have not been what they should be--or even anywhere near where they usually are!  However, it is still full-steam ahead for the SS Desirae.  Balanced Needles Knitting and Quilting will be at the Caswell Arts Festival "Art in the Park" on June 9, and there are a few projects that need to be finished up before so they will be ready before the day of the sale.  One of which is finding someone to watch the wee munchkin for the day as R is studying up for final exams he's writing during the week after.  Any takers?  He's really cute, and loves to play in the dirt :)

We've also been planning out our yard.  It is currently a dirt farm, which is great for the above mentioned munchkin but not so great for relaxing outside.  We seem to get so few months (or weeks) of summer, but if there is one thing people from Saskatchewan like to do it's enjoy the outdoors!  I'm not much of a gardener, but I'd like to put together a rock/perennial garden space.  I've got a few things growing in pots on the front porch, and should probably take the time to get them into the ground sooner rather than later.  If not into the ground, then at least transplant some of them into bigger pots.  The landscaper who came by last evening recommended not putting the garden in this year if we're putting new turf in as it will likely be flooded with the amount of watering that new grass needs to get established.  Anyone have any experience with this?  Good advice, bad advice??  The garden space is around the fire hydrant on the front corner of our lot, which is also where the lawn should theoretically "drain" to.

I think that's everything I have time to share right now... I really should be working in my studio, but it is so nice out!  I'm off for now.


Friday, 24 May 2013

Happy Friday

We're helping some friends move this afternoon, so a big shout out THANK YOU! To my mom for picking up the kiddo at the end of the day today.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Mistakes Made...Tutorial in the Works!

In a world full of great online tutorials on paper piecing, I couldn't find one that fit well with the Lemoyne Star that is part of the quilt class I'm currently teaching.  So I thought I'd just do written instructions on paper piecing and demo the method to the class.

Mistake Number 1:  I didn't follow my own cutting instructions for the pattern, and therefore was giving a set of confusing "corrections" to the handout as I was doing the demo.

Lesson:  RTFQx2!  (Read the full question twice)  Or in this case, read the cutting instructions, read them again, then cut the fabric, organize the work space and then start to sew.  Better yet, do the step-by-step demo pieces the night/weekend before so you're not on the spot!

Mistake Number 2:  Once we sorted out that the only actual error in the pattern instructions was indeed my beautifully hand-written fabric key had two of the fabrics switched, I promptly sewed my first two pieces together "backwards" (meanign that once they were flipped the seam was on the opposite side of the shape than intended).  Fortunately, I am great at frog stitching (rrrrip-it, rrrip-it...).

Lesson:  Build at least one demo block according to the instructions BEFORE photocopying and teaching the method.  This one has been a hard lesson to learn as almost every week there have been some "modifications," aka corrections, that have needed to be done to the fabric cutting instructions.  GRRR...

On the plus side, I smartened up and started to take pictures of the steps for the block while the students were working on theirs.  I'm putting together my own little tutorial, and should have it posted by the end of the month :)

Until next time,

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

This Week's Inspiration

I have been reading Carrie Green and the rest of the Female Entrepreneur Association and was truly inspired by the quote of the month for May (sorry, uncropped screen shot):

May is a month of change for me.  Which also means a work in progress.

I'm transitioning from teaching at the business college to being a Financial Advisor with Sun Life.  The career change decision came after a lot of thought and prayer for what would be best for our family.  I am moving into a role that allows the total control and flexibility I've dreamed of having for a while and should allow me to be more involved with Ian during the week.

Tomorrow night also marks the half-way point for the "Intro to Quilting" class I'm teaching, which is going very well.  I spoke a bit last week about the upcoming saskatoonquilts 2013 quilt show in October, and encouraged everyone to enter their finished quilts.  I think most of the class is at least considering my "challenge" to them. 

This weekend is the SQG Spring Retreat, and I'm looking forward to taking Saturday to finish up some projects on my "free days."  There were not enough registrants for the "Bargello for Everyone" class I was offering to teach, but that's okay too because it has been a very busy few weeks and I think I need this as a true retreat.

Until next time,