Saturday, April 9, 2016
My Wonderful MQX Classes!
The first class I took this week at MQX Quilt Festival was Custom/Advanced Quilting on the HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen Sit Down machine. Jane Hauprich was our instructor. She was fabulous! She is so talented! You can find her blog here. She taught us many patterns but I love that she likes to combine a few different patterns. This really makes it more individual. The possibilities are endless!
I found this photo on the MQX page on Facebook. That's me on the right with the brown jacket over the chair. There were 10 machines total in the classroom. We got lots of individual attention. We got to talk to each other as well. I met a fellow quilter who co-owns a quilt shop in New York City! How great is that?! This was a truly enjoyable class!
My second class was with Sue Heinz. What a fun teacher! She's so enthusiastic! She has so many ideas that I don't think she can speak fast enough to keep up! She gave us so many handouts. We drew for almost 4 hours! I bought side threading needles from her as well as a stencil to make lines and grids for quilting. So much information! You can find her products at Kismet Quilting.
Here's one of the designs she was teaching us. It looks complicated but she broke it down and made it look much easier. I can draw it but not sure I can quilt it!!
My last class was Intro to Ruler Work with Bonnie Dwyer. I have used rulers in the past but have never felt comfortable with them. I loved Bonnie's style of teaching. She gave us basic instructions and then we just played! She had rulers for us to use. She would walk around and help us if needed. I made this piece using a straight edge ruler in a 4 inch square. Such fun! I would never have even attempted this without taking this class. It's not perfect but I felt so much better moving that ruler around while sewing. You can read all about Bonnie Dwyer here.
That's the summary of my classes. I still have all my class notes in a huge tote bag. I have so much to put away. I keep putting it off since that means MQX is really over for another year! I look forward to this quilt show every year and never disappoints!
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