I was very excited to be asked to join them for a little quilting tutorial. Now, these women know their crafts and are well acquainted with the needle. Don't be fooled. They brought with them hand pieced hexagon shoulder bags, hand pieced (possibly EPP) tea cozies and a gorgeous hand pieced cushion cover to show their "fundamental" efforts in stitching. Are you serious? Amazing.
The idea was to make a place mat such that they had a small project to get their bearings, but still learn all of the sills you need in quilting. In preparation, I started in using the Pink Penguin tutorial at home to make a few samplers showing them each step in the process.
Can you see them? From the left counter clockwise there is one to layer, one that is quilted, one basted, one with the front binding on and a finished one (center). I think that covers it.
During the class, though, we modified the pattern to suit the individual taste of the stitcher and the scale of the fabric they brought with them. Instead we made a place mat with one large single panel down either side of the central square...and it looked great. I think seeing the samples gave them a better idea of how to go about making their quilt. I have no doubt they will be amazing.
Now, this is one amazingly talented group of women. Do you want to see what the chairwoman (Hi, Karen!) gave me as a thank you gift? It's going to knock your socks off....
FLUFFY SHEEP QUILTING CUPCAKES!!! Can you see the amazing-ness of them? The top row has the pin wheels and little sheep from the FSQ logo and the bottom row is filled with embellishments, a quilt and gorgeous fabric. I wish you could see the detail...there's actual stitching on the quilt, ladies! What is totally amazing is that Karen did her research and saw that I was a peanut butter junkie, so these are chocolate cakes filled with chocolate ganash and topped with peanut butter icing. Amazing.
Needless to say, they now look like this.
Karen, thank you. ICA ladies, thank you for a great night out. I had a great time stitching with you!