Sunday, October 14, 2007

Class at PIQF

Whoa, what a busy weekend!! I think I need a week to rest from my weekend! Thursday was spent at PIQF, Friday was chore day, you know the days where the laundry, car, bills and all of that boring stuff needs to be taken care of. It rained HARD all day too! I've also been pet sitting in Benicia, it's not hard work, but it's not the norm, so it takes a little more effort. Saturday morning I was signed up for a class at PIQF. I've never taken at class at a show before! I've said that if I went back to Asilomar I would take a class by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly to learn how to machine applique. Well Sue was teaching a raw edge applique class and I couldn't resist. Chances of me going back to Asilomar are slim, so I thought I'd better take advantage of it.
Sue is a great teacher, she covers everything and has so much patience, yet allows everyone to move at their own pace. She uses a camera to teach so that everyone can watch her work on the screen as she doing it. It's an awesome tool. It was wonderful to see her quilts. Such beautiful machine work. She works very closely with her sister and most quilts are done in tandem. I was going to show you a couple of pictures, but blogger is being difficult, quit after the first picture!
The 75th Anniversary Bernina's were furnished for the class. If you are a Bernina lover, I'm sorry, but I wasn't a happy camper. I wasn't familiar with using the knee lift. The last time I used my knee for sewing it was when I learned how to sew on my Mother's old Singer in the cabinet. Talk about flash backs! I was also having trouble with it skipping stitches, and that darn needle up/down feature on the foot pedal was too sensitive and messed me up constantly. Even with all of the problems and unsewing, I managed to get one little bird block done. I can't wait to sit down at my Pfaff and give it a go. Now that I see how it is done, I will be machine appliquing my pumpkins.
During lunch break my friend Debbie and I met up with Deb and Holly and I was able to lure them to the Bonnie Blue Booth. I got some major notches in my meg belt. We had to hurry back to class but there was plenty of time to shop after. I got some supplies that I found useful in the class, easy thread needles & tweezers. I found a couple more patterns and that was it. Today I was off to a baby shower and back home to clean up the messes I left while passing through all weekend. Back to work tomorrow, but I do have another 3 day weekend this coming week, just 4 more days!!


Vicky said...

Your class sounds awesome, even with the machine misbehaving. And lucky you for getting to see Deb, Holly and Debbie! I hope you gave them a hug for me! You sharpened up your megging skills, huh? We'll see how good you are next month!!! ILY

PamKittyMorning said...

Glad your class was good. Bummer about the machine. I cannot sew without the knee lift anymore, particularly for that kind of work. Those foot pedals though, they are a pain. I like my old one better.
Glad you had some good shopping and sewing days.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Sounds like you enjoyed your class!
I think I need a day or two to rest after reading your schedule though LOL... you have been really busy :O)...

Nan said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your class, despite the problems with the machine. I have a knee life on my quilting machine, but I never use it - I can't seem to get the hang of it!
I can't wait to see your quilt from class finished - it sounds wonderful!

Thimbleanna said...

Whew! You've been busy! And as a reward, haven't I been reading that you're winning blog draws all over the place??? Congratulations!