Here are many pics. I apologize for the shakiness of some. My heart must have been pounding too hard to hold the camera still. . .
Jay McCarroll in the straw hat. Have I mentioned how much I love him? And this class did nothing to sway me. He was awesome - even when I totally dorked out and hugged him at first glance. (A good friend - and my wedding planner - said that I looked almost as excited in this picture as I did the day I got married. I'm not sure what that says. . .)
Anna Maria Horner. And she is just as sweet as you imagine she would be. Those quilts? FANTASTIC. That lady has skillz. This class expanded my brain so that I could go to this class -
Denyse Schmidt. Be still my heart.
In 2007 I saw a book at Barnes & Noble and fell in love. It was Denyse Schmidt Quilts. I didn't own a sewing machine but bought the book because one day I wanted to learn to sew and I wanted to make quilts like the ones in that book. I poured over it. I made other people look at it. And two years later I got my machine and learned to sew. It wasn't solely because of Denyse but she was a catalyst.
I couldn't believe my luck that I actually made it into this class. I was terrified. How do you sew in front of someone like her? It was the best class I took. Not to take anything away from Jay or Anna Maria but this one was mind-bending. I learned to let go - which is a hard thing for a control freak like me. And it felt good. And she pulled my blocks off of that big old wall and used them as examples of what was beautiful. And my heart sang. And. And. And. I could go on and on forever, but I think you get the point.
HI TAMMY FROM MARMALADE!!
Bolt by Rebecca Roach.
Double Edged Love by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
Ron F-in' Swanson. Love that guy. . .
I came home exhausted but totally reenergized. I have so much to show you that we're working on. I'm excited for things to come.