My posts may be short in the next two weeks. I’ll be traveling to Tucson for a 4-day stint and dang, my son lives there! So I will take an extra day to pinch his cheeks and otherwise embarrass him. That’s my job. I have a two day turnaround and I’m out to Cleveland for a taping on……Quilting Arts TV! It seems that everyone else I know has been on QATV so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity. I really do love to tell the world about free motion quilting.
Yes, I’ll be spending some time with Susan Brubaker Knapp as we record 3 episodes for the 2000 series of Quilting Arts TV. I know you’ll be shocked that I will be talking about….free motion quilting! I have never taped before so this is entirely new to me. The good news is that they will keep me from going on the set with, say, seeds in my teeth and, they will do my make up. I hear it’s a pretty fun experience and I’m sure I will have a blast! More details to come.
And I got to be a student this week! I was excited to be able to take Angelina McKenna’s very popular class at Meissner Sewing on how to make the Sew-Together Bag. I love that bag and my students always have them, done in the cutest fabrics too. I know you’ve seen this bag and you probably have several yourself.
I will tell you that when I am the student, it does not surprise me if I am inept in some way. And boy was I true to form! Right off the bat, first stitch, there was a problem-wrong stitch plate. My machine’s feet dogs were heaving up the plate because it was the wrong one! I use my BERNINA 153 as my class machine and I’m always teaching fmq. I never realized it was the wrong plate because my feed dogs are usually down. One stitch with the feed dogs up and it was obvious there was a problem, sigh.
Well I did follow the Supply List and brought what was on it plus a few extra BERNINA feet–because I could. I really love how I can go from free motion quilting to edgestitching, to walking foot, piecing foot and change stitch plates without a screw driver! So I was flipping feet back and forth the whole time. It’s nice to edgestitch with the proper foot giving me that even, straight line.
And there was another problem-I didn’t bring a zipper foot. As Angelina asked “You mean you came to a class where you know you’ve got to put in 4 zippers and you didn’t bring a zipper foot?” Um, yeah, that would be me. But that’s okay-I’m there to learn and have fun. And besides, it reminds me what it’s like to be a student again. An inept student.
I’m thinking I’m only an hour or so away from completing the bag. I hope to finish before I go to Tucson. But there is also a quilt to be finished before I leave for Tucson…
So it will be a busy but FUN two weeks for me! Did I tell you I get to go to Tucson and play with a bunch of fun quilters AND see my son? Did I tell you that I’m taping on QATV? Squeeeeee! I do love to teach and travel.
I’ll be linking to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.