What a treat to be able to make it to Road to California Quilt Show this year. I was on a roll going every January with my good friend, Linda until last year's broken wrist episode. But we are back on the plan again.
This year I took 2 classes. Both had a sewing machine available. We used Baby Locks and they were great but I was not enticed to give up my Berninas to buy a new one. My Eleanor Burns class had a kit to use. Everything was measured and cut and ready to go for $68. If you didn't like her color choices, you were stuck but she offered two different color-ways.
First up was the Hole in The Wall with Eleanor Burns. I've done a couple of El's QinADay patterns so I was basically familiar with her technique. It worked up fast and I managed to complete 9 15" blocks in class. Since I was feeling enthused, I finished up the last 3 blocks in my hotel room. Today I finished sewing it all together with the sashing strips so it is ready for a backing. It finished up at about 56" X 72".
Next up was a class on Modern Improvised Log-Cabin blocks. It was taught by Jackie Gehring. It was a really fun class that got me out of my box. I decided to give a try to several different block styles using the same fabrics. With some additional sewing back in the hotel room, I got 7 blocks done. I'm still thinking about what to do with them. The original idea is to use a grid and place them in a pleasing manner. Then you finish out the blocks with sashing and put the quilt top together. I really like the fabric colors in these blocks but I'm not sure I'd like a modern quilt. We'll see. The ideas need to percolate.