I’m A Student!

Today in Ruth McDowell’s class, I cut and sewed and managed to piece about a 7″ x 7″ square unit. I took a couple of photos but, alas, the camera is not with me! I will upload (soon/tomorrow) some photos showing you all a progression of what I accomplish in my 5 days of class.

I’m finding that years of applique have left me well-suited to the kind of piecing that Ruth does. (Click here to go to Ruth’s site for more about her.) 
I’m used to working with lots of different, small pieces of fabric. I am also used to not making a quilt top in a day. Good thing because the pieces I drew inside my pattern are small. If I have this thing together before I pack up on Friday it will be a miracle.
But I’m learning a lot. Ruth is an excellent teacher. It’s nice to play!

Nepenthe @ Big Sur, CA

I spent yesterday with Caryl Bryer Fallert on the California coast. We drove down Highway 1 from Asilomar to a restaurant/gift shop called Nepenthe in Big Sur. Caryl had been there before in the late 60s. She says she thinks it hasn’t changed much. 

The view from the restaurant is amazing! We ate outside and enjoyed both the view and the weather—and the food! Then we went to the gift shop (it’s called Phoenix). I had way too much luck finding all sorts of things. I’m going to have to quit shopping soon.
The owner is a painter and he adorned the restrooms with the most amazing paintings. That’s me posing in the ladies room. A very helpful man working in the store is the one who made sure we visited the “paintings”. He even made sure the men’s room was empty and then let us look in there. Should have taken a picture of it too but wasn’t thinking.

Happy Easter to you all. I start my class with Ruth McDowell today. I think I’m ready. I guess I’ll find out soon if I really am ready.

My class at Empty Spools

This week at Empty Spools is winding down… we’ve had 4 1/2 days of class. We have one more 1/2 day tomorrow when we’ll talk about quilting and any other topics that come up. 

It’s been great! Everyone has done a wonderful job. We worked on color, on constructing a more “organic” background, and on applique techniques. That’s us in the photo: from left to right in rows, starting in the back, that’s Karen, Gail, Christy, Bran, Linda, Janey, me, Kay, Tanya, and Trudy.
One reason that I really like multi-day classes is because I get a chance to get to know the people in my class. Everyone has a story and I enjoy your stories. 

Empty Spools

I’m teaching at the Empty Spools seminar March 16-21. What a great place to go—both for teachers and students! I get to be both this year. I’m staying on for another week to take a 5-day class from Ruth McDowell after I teach for a week. I’m very excited!

Empty Spools is held at an historic conference center called Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA, on the Monterey peninsula. Carmel is just minutes away. I’m from the land-locked prairie so I particularly enjoy any time spent at Asilomar.
If you’ve never heard of Empty Spools, I encourage you to check it out. Students take one 5-day class from one teacher. It’s amazing what you can learn under these conditions. And the site is spectacular! It may be cold and rainy (I hope not but it is March after all) but I know it will be invigorating.