Where I’ve Been

Sorry for the silence lately- things have been pretty busy.

I started off the new year with a personal challenge- to get better at free motion long arm quilting. Now I do computerized work & while that looks great & is super easy, I’ve seen the work of professional LA’s (long armer’s) who do freehand exclusively & I’m awed. Since the only way I’m going to get better is by practicing, I signed up for a New Year’s day online class given by Longarm University. The adventure if nothing else taught me a lot about my machine. The freehand work isn’t very good, so I’m not going to post it here, but at least I did a whole quilt & even J will say I got better as I progressed.

I also started teaching at Create. This place is amazing! There’s tons of tables & workspace to do whatever craft you want to! I’m currently teaching a Hopscotch Quilt class there:

The first evening went well & the students learned about beginning quilting as well as some color theory. We finish up our quilts February 1st.

Feb 8th & 22nd I’m teaching another quilting class- Yellow Brick Road. It’s another fat quarter friendly quilt that can be made in a variety of sizes. I’ve made a couple of these- a baby quilt for one of J’s friends and a Queen/King quilt for us.

I’m also leading Sit & Knit on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30. There’s already an 11 year-old coming who’s doing a great job!

Also on the subject of knitting here’s a sweater I made back in December:

February Lady in a wool/silk blend. It’s wonderful to wear! Definately one of my new favorite sweaters.

I’ve also started branching out & trying new things. This is a facecloth made out of t-shirt yarn. There will also be a class for this at Create! Thurs, 2/4.

And I’m going to be leading an ongoing beginning sewing class. Here’s a pic of the reusable grocery bag (scroll all the way to the bottom.)

Amid all of that there’s been taxes, snow, more knitting & quilting, hosting dinner parties, planning retreats for the Spring, planning Spring Create classes, working out (I’m at 70 push ups!) oh & that other job of mine.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll try to stay better about keeping everyone updated!

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