This past weekend, I had the most amazing time lecturing and teaching at My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe in Logan, Utah. Being from the hot Las Vegas desert, it was also quite a treat to be there in the snowy winter where everything was blanketed in a pristine covering of white.
The Shoppe is large and beautiful, both inside and out!
I gave a trunk show of my current work on Friday night and then held two separate half day machine quilting classes on Saturday. It’s always so fulfilling when nervous students turn into confident quilters by the end of the day!
A display of my quilts following the evening lecture.
During the day, owner Kris Thurgood shot a couple of videos to share on the shop’s Facebook page. You can click the links below to view them. If you haven’t yet taken a class with me, this will give you a little flavor of a typical class. Think of it as a mini class freebie. 🙂
Whenever I teach, I like to remind students that it’s okay to be “perfectly imperfect” with their quilting. After all, the beauty of “hand-crafted” quilting as I like to call it, is that you can see the hand of the maker in your work so you’ll know that it was made by a person, rather than by a computer. Once I give permission that it’s okay to make mistakes, the students usually relax and are able to make much prettier stitches.
My favorite tip that I like to share is that the easiest way to hide imperfect stitches is with more imperfect stitches. That’s why I prefer to quilt my quilts so densely – to hide any mistakes!!
It was such a fantastic weekend, and it reminds me why I do what I do. I thank my lucky stars each day that I get to have the best job in the world!
If you like what you see, be sure and check out my Craftsy class: The Quilter’s Path for more machine quilting instruction via video! Click the image below for a quick 1 minute preview: