Positive negative …

… 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.

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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!

Anthea Drunkard's square

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Maggi freestyle

Mairie freestyle

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.

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