My best friend has been doing a lot of sewing lately and was saying that she wanted to learn some quilt technique. So I gave her a gift certificate for a class at a really wonderful quilt shop near by. We have been excited about going together for weeks. This weekend was the class. It ran 10am to 3:30 pm both days. The instructor is a highly respected designer and is a truly great teacher. We learned some great techniques and tips. The best tip I got all weekend was to not just "stitch in the ditch" with a straight stitch. Instead, use those decorative stitches on your sewing machine, playing with the stitch length and width. My Brother machine has 75 stitches to explore. While my large table runner isn't by any means perfect, the decorative stitch gives it some visual interest. I still have to put the binding on. I am thinking that is a next weekend project and will share when I have it completed.
The second cool tip I got was for this cool needle threader by Clover. You put the sharp needle in the top in the number 1 spot, then lay thread cross the unit in that groove in the middle, then press that lever and voila! The needle is threaded. It is a must have!
I have to say I am exhausted. I was so tired when I got home yesterday afternoon. I was ready to go to bed at 7:30 pm. You are so focused through these classes that you are exhausted. It is so fun and I am so glad we went.
I came home to dinner in the oven and the house cleaned, and was greeted by puppy kisses. I feel so blessed today!