Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fabric & Thread Lace Scarf

I've been spending some relaxing time just stitching lately.  I've been stitching thread lace scarves. Here are a few pictures of some of the scarves I've stitched.  They are an easy 2 hours of stitching.  Most recently I've spent a couple of hours happily stitching while watching episodes of NCIS....

The first one is strictly thread couched over heavy thread.

The second one is Fabric and thread.

This third one is a fabric and thread lace scarf that I've just finished stitching.  I just need to rinse out the water soluble stabilizer.

I'll be teaching both these scarves as classes at the WonderFil Threaducation Centre in August.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Handi Quilter Academy 2015

I didn't register this year for the Handi Quilter Academy in Salt Lake City....but I did get to go.  I went with WonderFil Specialty Threads and had such fun!  

Our booth under construction
The only downside of the trip was that I stepped off a speed bump (don't ask) and turned my ankle as I was leaving Calgary.  I then "dragged" my suitcase through two airports and a hotel with a very sore ankle.  I was quite worried about how I was going to function during the week.  My suitcase was filled with all our display quilts and was quite heavy.  It wasn't until I was setting up the booth that I realized why it hurt so much to walk and "drag" my suitcase along!  Guess I need to get a new suitcase before my next trip.
One of these wheels is not like the other!
I had some great times chatting with quilters from all over North America as well as putting some faces to names that I see in the groups I am in on Facebook. We talked about where we're from, what machine(s) we have and what classes we were registered for..and I helped to educated them about WonderFil threads.

One day at lunch every registrant received a lovely box of thread from WonderFil.  Andrew had an opportunity to share a little bit about the spools of thread in their boxes.
Aren't these the cutest boxes?
I slipped into a ProStitcher class the first afternoon and in 10 minutes got my biggest stumbling block cleared up!  I've already practiced and feeling so much more confident.  I learned that you have to do something 21 times before it becomes a habit...I have a lot of sewing to do!

I was able to slip into more classes during the week and sit at the back and observe and learn!  
Applique and Couching on a longarm.
Got hugs with a few old and newer friends
Debby Brown showing off her new thread FabuLux
We went on a tour of the new Handi Quilter headquarters and were allowed to walk around the offices and go into any office and look at the quilts on the walls. I saw a lot of inspirational quilts.  My favourite was the Lone Star that hung just at the front door.

The flights home were wonderful.  I had plenty of room and got a short nap on both flights.  I couldn't resist taking pictures of flying above and through the clouds!