I finally finished the applique on my house quilt and got the borders on just before heading to Paducah. I will have to say that appliqueing on a large project is not my idea of a good time...
So back to Paducah.... On Wednesday night I attended Edyta's "Reasons for Quilts" lecture. She is an amazing speaker and it was an incredible presentation! She brought tons of quilts - many I had not seen before - and did such a nice job sharing the meaning behind each one.
On Thursday afternoon I participated in Edyta's spool quilt workshop. Her preparation for class and her generosity is amazing. She provided each of us with two pieces of fabric to cut into 24 strips that we then exchanged with each other in order to ensure that everything worked well together and was good quality. Much better than taking whatever people brought from their stash! We only completed one spool in the class which was fine - the Janome machine I was using was giving me fits so I would much rather work on them at home.
Friday I had an all-day workshop on Stars in Quilts. It was great! Edyta started with a lecture detailing 15 different types of stars and how to make them and use them in quilts. She reviewed her technique for piecing 8-pointed stars by machine. I plan to practice that with my Prairie Peony blocks as soon as I get a chance.
After the presentation, Edyta started us on Dresden Stars. I had no idea we would be making these in class - I have been wanting to do that pattern forever! Here's Edyta's version:
Edyta is such a thorough instructor! She makes everything seem so easy, from choosing fabrics to sewing complicated pieces.
The other highlight of my week down south was my visit(s) to the Primitive Gatherings booth. Yes, I went more than once. Almost every day. I couldn't help myself! Lisa gave us a sneak preview of the Summer BOW. She somehow manages to top herself every year - it is beautiful! I can't wait for it to start. She also had a project at the booth that completely sucked me in....little bowties. I couldn't resist! I bought a bunch of charm packs (the $5 pattern was free if you bought >$200 in fabric - makes perfect sense to everyone, right?!?!) and couldn't wait to get home to start. I managed to spend a little time in the sewing room yesterday and knocked out 42 bow ties. They are so much fun!
I was so impressed with my progress....that is, until I took a second look at the pattern and saw that is says "you will need 3,024 bow ties for the quilt". WHAT????? That's over 18,000 pieces and this thing isn't even bed-sized! This is going to take a while....