Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Prep Time

   This Saturday (2 days from now), I am taking this class:
    It meets for three consecutive Saturday afternoons, for three hours each time.
I've been wanting to take a quilt class that I was interested in that fit into my schedule (evenings are not good with young kids and a husband that often works late).  I've always wanted to do paper-piecing, and it wasn't something I wanted to try from a book or a tutorial.  Lucky for me, this opportunity presented itself.
    It looks pretty complicated to me with all those pointy stars and curves-- which I have so well avoided up to this point.  [I did try doing a Star of Bethlehem once and realized when I tried to assemble the parts that NOTHING matched up-- I am not exaggerating-- I learned the hard way that diamonds are forever not for beginners.]  But I have been assured that this class is appropriate for someone who is an advanced beginner.
    I organized a few of the supplies on the list.  This will be my first time using Microtex needles.  [I've selected cotton quilting fabrics, but I think most people use Batiks for this kind of thing].  The class is being taught by Jackie of Canton Village Quiltworks.
   I also ordered most of my fabrics (on sale!) from Jackie's on-line shop and they arrived today.  
   Here they are, in all of their beautiful array:
   The fabrics towards the back are intended to be the darker, nighttime sky fabrics, and those in the front will be points for the stars (some light stars on dark; some dark on light).  I need a total of four dark/nighttime sky fabrics and more for the stars, but I will "shop" for those amongst my existing stash.  At the moment, my stepson is sleeping in our guest bedroom, which is where I keep my stash, so the fabric selection will have to continue later.

   In a follow-up to the origami cranes that I posted yesterday, I forgot to share these buttons I found at the local knitting shop
   Not sure yet where I'll use them, but I'm sure that I will find a special place.
The sunlight is streaming in the windows again today, so I'll close with a shot of the chakra cranes [before I pack them up to gift] hanging on our front door with the light hitting some of the crystals.

Hope you have a peaceful day!


Archie the wonder dog said...

Have a great time at the workshop! Are you taking a postcard or something to fold the paper over? Although if it wasn't on the requirement list you may not need your fabric choices!

Sarah said...

WOW! What a project! Bet you're very excited about the class. Beautiful fabrics by the way. Hope you have a really good time on your Saturdays of freedom!

Cindy said...

Your cranes look awesome there sparkling in the sun!
What a great class your taking - I'd love to try something like that and can't wait to see how it goes for you. You have beautiful fabrics. Great start :)

QuiltinMama said...

I hope you have an awesome time at your workshop...I love paper piecing so I'm hoping you'll be converted to it too! Have fun!!

Linda Coleman said...

beautiful fabrics, love Judy's patterns and can't wait to see how you get on. Enjoy

Steph :) said...

That quilt, and about 4 others by Judy Neidermeyer (sp)are on my quilting bucket list. I have been working on some of her more simple patterns and really enjoy them. Everything turns out so close to perfect. Enjoy yourself, your fabric choices are wonderful.

Jackie said...

I can't wait to see you tomorrow! You are going to love the technique. I will get you through those curves and spikes with ease. I love the way that you laid out the fabrics you purchased, they look great, even better in the quilt. I love those little crane buttons!