… was the title of Saturday’s class as well as a fair summation of Chris’s state of mind over the last few weeks. However, all is positive once more as the computer is back with all files restored (I very nearly kissed the lad who achieved it, but thought better of it – Chris) and (fingers crossed) virus-free. This is a Good Thing as Barbara was awol on holiday on Saturday leaving Chris with the worksheet and samples and the essential tea and biccies bag. It was a full class but they all played nicely. And ‘play’ was the word of the day as, after a very quick demo of the basic idea, everyone was turned loose to have a go, see what they could do and where they could take it.
Two basic patterns were provided – a large one for layer cakes and a small one for charm squares. As you will see from the following photos a wide variety of designs emerged from just those two as different colour schemes gave different perspectives – from the subdued and autumnal to riotous rainbows, and colour schemes to match the sewing bag (entirely accidental apparently). Different threads and stitches on the machines were played with to stitch everything in place, some blurring the edges of the applique and others emphasising them. Some designed their own shapes and others experimented with splitting the shapes and mixing things up even more. By the end of the day there were at least three bags and four cushions well on the way to finished.
As an added extra, lunchtime saw a quick show and tell from previous classes – Anthea and Barbara had completed their table runners from the Drunkard’s Square class and Mairie and Maggi both had finishes from Freestyle Piecing which was only a fortnight ago!
And so another year of Chris and Barbara Workshops comes to an end. Where did the year go? But we have a new programme of workshops for next year – have a look on the website – and now that the IT Department is up and running again we can get down to designing and writing worksheets.
How can you run an empire without technology? Chris has been finding out the hard way these past three weeks – no laptop, no desktop, no internet at C&B Towers. The entire IT department has had to close while solutions are found for the unbelievable effects of a new cyber supervirus. Over at the Rural Office there’s internet and iPads but no laptop for important things like Electric Quilt and all the Microsoft Word files. When all this is over the IT budget for the next five years will have been wiped out – so far the tally is one new laptop, six visits to the IT fixers and two further items returned to factory settings, which means lots of backing up and re-installing which takes longer than you’d like. There may be more to come, but let’s just say that this has been one heck of a persistent piece of malware.
So, any delays in our timings for class preparation, blog, Meadowside Designs etc are not the result of our habitual procrastination – the empire is being kept on track (just) courtesy of the local library and an iPad, plus a lot of caffeine. And we are both getting a lot of sewing done, which is a Good Thing. Here’s a quick shot of Barbara’s “almost finished” stack (Chris is still buried under mounds of quilt at her machine) -