I still haven't been able to really take off on my longarm yet because of a host of scheduling distractions and kids underfoot 24/7, but all that changes in two weeks when "I'm Busy Quilting, Go Ask Your Dad" officially begins! (I'm counting down the minutes at this point, but I'll spare you ; ) In the meantime, I'm amassing support tools. Color cards, thread samples, thread nets, extra needles and bobbins, and a tension gauge have all recently made their debut in my studio.
Not just storing up tools, but tips and techniques, as well. This weekend my parents very nicely offered to watch my kids while I attended classes at Bits 'N Pieces in Pelham NH. Debby Brown, who blogs at Quilty Pleasures, was there on behalf of Handi Quilter to teach TNT: Thread, Needles, Tension and Rule Your Quilt, both of which were very helpful. The first class made me wish I owned a couching foot, and the second class was a great intro to ruler work, which I'm constantly admiring and eager to learn!
Unfortunately, after spending a small fortune on new rulers and a fabric-purchase-turned-babysitter-bribe for my quilty mom, I pulled into the driveway with a smoking car thanks to a cracked gasket of some sort that blew transmission fluid all over the engine. (On my previous return trip from Bits 'N Pieces, I got ridiculously turned around by my GPS and just about doubled the 2 hour drive home, so I think that stretch of highway is forevermore "not my favorite.") This means there is no couching foot in my near future, and apparently also no quilting, as I fear I'll be spending the better part of my 2014 quilt stash cash, not to mention the better part of my day tomorrow, with the local auto mechanic.
What's your best/funniest/wildest travelling to a quilt class/show story? Have you attended any classes recently? What did you learn?
I planned to link up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash today, but that darn Molli slacked off with the linky in order to get some extra beauty rest before his big TV appearance tomorrow! So excited for him and all his recent quilty successes, though! : )