Not only has Barbara fallen spectacularly behind with her own blog, but we have suffered the same fate – too much going on and time seeming to be in short supply, the only thing that’s more or less up to date is the Mystery Monday posting and our Mystery Monday page.
But there are all sorts of exciting events to report on. In no particular order here goes. ..
Chris has just come back from a short break in Florence (see earlier post) and has also just about recovered from an earlier heart-stopping week of computer virus/gremlins/complete non-function which brought the Chris & Barbara empire (who are you kidding? -Chris) to a virtual standstill. Not an experience either of us wishes to repeat, but we have found a great IT “fixit” place as a result, so it’s not all bad.
Our evening class sessions are now halfway through – we’ve done some basic hand piecing with and without papers, machine piecing, hand applique and there’s settings, basics of machine quilting and quilt-as-you-go still to come. We’re playing around with the technology and using the camcorder and projector for some of the demos and it seems to be working well, although there were a couple of suggestions that we could serve ice creams in the interval! Here’s a taster of some of the “homework” –
While Chris was stomping around Florence Barbara was in charge of the Notebooks workshop at the Station – great results from everyone and lots of fun fiddling with fabric and Prairie Points.
Our Grow Your Own workshop earlier this month was a full house and lots of super quilt tops well under way by the end of the day.
On alternate Thursdays Chris is teaching a beginner’s class for Pollyanna Patchwork which is going really well – a few pics may eventually show up here if she remembers to take her camera along to the next session.
Just before the Grand Expedition to Leeds Florence we had an all-time first outing to give a talk as a duo for Sandbach Sew & So’s. We can highly recommend visiting this group – terrific homemade cakes and a most helpful roadie made for a lovely easy evening.
We also got our 2011 dates mailed out in good time and all our classes are already more than half full, so we had to have a committe meeting today to divide up the preparation and work out who’s doing what and when. Somehow, in amongst all the scribbling of lists and mad suggestions, we’ve also managed to make the plans for our next batch of evening classes and now we’re both raring to get to the sewing machines and do the samples.
Barbara is packing her bag to go to Houston at stupid o’clock on Thursday morning, leaving Chris in sole control of the Chris & Barbara empire for a couple of weeks. Barbara is charged with bringing back sufficient fabric and general quilting goodies as reward for all the extra running around and responsibility incurred, and may even manage a short blog post (miracles do occasionally happen). Stay tuned!