On the second day of class I greeted Kim with an evil eye and proclaimed her not my friend. I was tired and felt a bit defeated because the leaves from the night before looked horrid (my points were not really points). She had a good laugh on my behalf.
I was to leave it all behind me and start with a fresh attitude on this beauty.
Again, the pictures don't do this quilt justice..
Kim has a fantastic eye for color
And she incorporates the patchwork into her quilts like very few can do.
Lovely, Lovely, Lovely...
After breakfast and a pep talk from Kim, I cracked open the book (pattern is Gathering Gardens from her new book Simple Charms) and saw that the patern called for 60 berries!!! 60! I let out a squeak in class that incorporated everyone's feeling on the subject. At the end of the next two days we were making berry puns left and right...
We did some pre-sewing at home for this one.
Funny thing is, that even though there were so many berries. There were not as many leaves.
And the color really gave you something more to think about besides the little darn circles.
By the end of the second day, I had the basic structure of this one in place.
Enough laid out that I could actually start the sewing process.
Kim showed us how to see the layers in the piece and build up the applique.
Can you see the stitches? I think I'm getting it!
I had soo much fun. The others in the class were a great group of gals. They could laugh and tease as experts. Kim was such a good teacher, she squeezed in some tips on quilting using Big Stitch method as well as her unique wool applique method. I say unique because I had never seen it before. She gave us a run down of her thought process when choosing colors and, above all, that hands on help that allowed us all to walk away thinking we know what we are doing. So worth the wait!