October 15, 2014 We just never know what life is going to throw at us. Our situation can change in a brief moment. This was brought home to me about 5 weeks ago when Jerry and I were walking our dog down by the river. There is a lovely, paved path that meanders for miles beside our beloved Boone River. Daisy, our dog, loves to walk there. One Thursday morning as we were walking, another dog and his owner were coming down the path towards us. Daisy is an overly friendly lab. She took off to greet the other dog and I forgot to let go of the leash. She pulled me down and along for a short distance. It was enough. I skinned my chin on the pavement and broke my right shoulder. In addition I shredded (my term not the doctor's) the muscles in my upper right arm. Bummer!!! I couldn't tell you last month as it had just happened and I couldn't type. Even using my left hand was problematic. I was fortunate, however. I actually scrapped my chin rather than landing on it so my teeth were spared. (Thank goodness.) I cracked the ball of my right shoulder. It was a long crack but it didn't separate sparing me any surgery to screw the two halves together. I only had to wear a sling. Now five weeks later, I don't have to wear the sling when I'm at home. I can use my right hand to eat and to type. I just have to be careful not to lift any weight with my right arm. Nor am I to lift it above my head. I have my final x-ray on Dec. 2 and fully expect to move on to therapy.
Two New Classes
I managed to teach two workshops during this time. The first was just 10 days after my accident. "Where there's a will there's a way." I mention these workshops because I am pleased to announce the addition of two new workshops. Both new workshops are technique classes rather than project classes. That is we don't work on a project in class rather we practice appliqué elements in one class and appliqué techniques in the second class.
Beginner's Applique Class:This class is geared to the "raw" beginner. We start with the materials and tools that we need to appliqué. We learn to back baste using the Quick Prep Stitch. Next we learn a couple of knots that all appliquers need to know. The appliqué stitch is practiced on an outer curve. Then we do an inner curve, outer point and inner point.. Each of these elements is practiced on a sampler that we can keep with the handouts for this class. The student will be able to reference back to this sampler as needed in the future.
I taught this class in Missouri Valley, Iowa just 10 days after my accident. ("Where there's a will there's a way.") Here is what one of the students said about the class.
"You are a wonderful teacher and your instructions are very simple to understand. You keep it simple so it is easy to follow. You had a lot of little tips I was not aware of in the past, so I look forward to trying them and building my skills!!! Again thank you for a wonderful class and look forward to hearing from you and possibly taking another class someday!" Linda
Another student wrote:
"Good Morning Connie. Gee where do I start? First of all, I hope you survived Tuesday with all of us crazy ladies. You are so very delightful and entertaining along with most informative! I so enjoyed your class and instructions. Yours was by far the BEST class I have ever attended. You are so very clear and concise in your directions. You made the entire day fun and a great learning experience." Lori
Appliquie Technique Class:This class is geared to the more experienced appliquer. We very briefly cover back basting techniques then move on to the following:
Lining applique patches
Padding applique patches
Stitching split leaves
Stitching skinny stems
Making perfect, soft berries
Working with dark background fabrics
In most cases the student will actually make a sample that they will be able to use as a reference as needed in the future.
Feather Princesses of Tampa, Florida Over the years, I have received a number of e-mails from the Feather Princesses of Tampa, Florida inviting me to come to their club if I'm ever in the area. Due to some e-mail problems I no longer can find those e-mails. I will be in your area in January, 2016. If you are a member of the Feather Princeses, I would love to have you contact me at email@example.com .
Clover Gold Black Needles
I rarely recommend products but I'm about to make an exception. When we were on our trip to Alaska this past summer I met Cindy Scraba of Cindy's Threadworks. (Click on this link to go to her website. ) Cindy asked me if I had used the Clover Gold Black Needles and if I would recommend them to appliquers. I had to admit that I hadn't tried them but I promised to do so. Wow!!! I love these needles. They pierce the fabric smoothly and cleanly. They are very easy to thread. I'm particularly fond of the size 12 needles. They are just a little longer than I'm used to but it hasn't taken me long to adjust. They are a little more pricy than the needles I have been using but I feel that they are well worth it.
Wanted: Clubs for trunk shows andworkshops
Florida, January 7-February 15, 2016
Ontario, Canada, August 7-September, 2016
If your club would be interested in having me present a trunk show/workshop please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. I know it seems like 2016 is a long way off but my husband and I have found that we need a lot of time to plan our trips. I would love to come to your area. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested.
Our winner is Celine Chabot of Quebec, Canada
This month I received 3 photos of blocks made from the first two patterns of my current free BOM. I want to give a big thank you to both of the gals who sent in photos. Through their efforts I can give you a colorful, fun newsletter. Celine Chabot's name was drawn from the hat. Celine will be receiving a free pattern. Send me a photo and maybe your name will be drawn next month.
Yvonne Morman of Princeton, Illinois
Celine Chabot of Quebec, Canada
Celine Chabot of Quebec, Canada
I would love to have you send me a photo of your blocks made from this month's pattern. All photos of block #3 -Red Rose and Blue Butterfly - will be eligible for the next drawing. Don't worry about cropping them. I'll clean them up and make them square. Just e-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Free BOM: Linda's Flutters and Flowers
Who doesn't love roses? I'm pretty sure our blue butterfly likes roses.
Free patterns and free 2-volume "Quick Prep Applique" DVD set
No matter how you make your blocks or decorate them, I would love to see all of them. Won't you take a photo of your finished block and send it to me at email@example.com? For everyone who sends me a photo, I will put your name into two hats. I will draw from the first hat for a free pattern each month. I'll then throw away the names from that hat and start fresh for the next month. I will put your name in the second hat each time you send me a photo. That means if you send 9 photos (one of each block) your name would be in the second hat 9 times. At the end of the BOM, I'll draw one name out of the second hat. That winner will receive my 2-volume DVD set on Quick Prep Applique. Already own the DVD's? I'll let you substitute a pattern of your choice. Once you have won a free pattern, I will still publish your photos but I won't put your name in the first hat again, only the second hat. That way we will pass the "wins" around. Winners of the monthly drawings will still be eligible to win the DVD set. I would love to fill up this newsletter with photos of your interpretation of this block. I need your help to do that.
Fabric requirements for blocks 1 1/4 yards background fabric - Cut 9 - 12 1/2" squares OR 9 - 12 1/2" squares of different background fabrics Lots of scraps for the actual applique patches
Scraps are great for this quilt. I'm making it entirely from fabric from my stash and my scrap bag. If you do the same, you can start today.