QuiltUniversity.com offers online sewing and quilting classes. I was drawn to a few of the appliqué classes and signed up for one with instructor Susan Brittingham called Flower Power. There are 5 classes with a new one opening each Friday.
In this class, we are going to examine a number of ways to use appliqué and embroidery to capture and recreate images of flowers and add them to our quilts. We will look at a variety of techniques, including the spontaneous free-form collage method, quick and easy fusible appliqué, and the complexity of freezer paper and upside down appliqué. We will add embellishments and details with embroidery and dimensional surface design.
I picked a single lotus flower as my class project and will share my progress.
Potholder Pass 2
Thanks to a friend, I was sent to the website for the New England Modern Quilt Guild. Amy, a member in the guild, is organizing a fun potholder swap with other quilters. I missed the first round, but I’m signed up and sewing for Round 2. There are over 50 people signed up from all different countries!
The rules are simple:
1. Potholders should be a minimum of 6″, preferably 7-8″.
2. Use hot pad insulation – at least one layer.
3. Try to accommodate your recipient’s color requests.
4. Send a set of 2 potholders – identical or coordinating.
Partner assignments and sewing begins March 1st, and potholders need to be shipped by April 1st.
I’m very excited and will update you on my progress!
When the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit first came out, I was one of the geeks that grabbed one. My foot shape doesn’t work well with Nike shoes, so I bought a shoe lace snap-on for holding the sensor. Plugged it into my iPod nano and started tracking my runs. And when I sync my nano to my computer, it automatically uploads my workout information to the Nike+ Running website.
On January 22, I happened to upload the 200,000,000 mile on the site … and the Nike+ team wanted to celebrate the milestone. So I answered some questions and wound up on their blog :)
My first pottery class finished up in December and I was able to pick up all my finished glazed pieces right before the holidays started. Since I shared my excitement during the class, I figured I should share some of the final photos.
Not to worry – I signed up for another 8 week class and have been spinning out lovely vases with larger chunks of clay. And I will make NO MORE BOWLS!
My new candy bowl!