Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Super Crazy Awesome Quilting Fun with Friends and an Amazing Teacher Weekend
This weekend I had three CFFs over for a quilting workshop lead by the crafting guru, a.k.a. my mom. Our project: the Seaside Table Runner by Jaybird Quilts. Thankfully before we got too far, we realized the pattern was more tricky than it first appears. (I'll post photos later of the runner each of us made - all with a very different look from our diverse fabric choices.)
But before we got to the quilting, there was much present opening for our belated Christmas celebration. And what wonderful goodies I received! For them I made this retro clutch using a couple fabrics from Rashida Coleman-Hale's koi collection with a fuchsia lining for a surprise splash of colour. The koi fabric seemed the perfect choice because I picked it up on a crafty excursion to Chicago with one of my CFFs.
The rest of the swag was stuff they could use on the quilting weekend. I made the cutest little thread catchers from a pattern I found on All People Quilt.
Then I stuffed them with a super-handy awl, clips and quilting safety pins.
Of course what would any gathering be without lots of good food. We enjoyed Smitten Kitchen's New York Breakfast Casserole with kale salad and smoked salmon for lunch and chicken wild rice soup for dinner on Saturday, then Sunday's breakfast was tea biscuits, yogurt and blueberries and this Thai chicken soup for lunch. I didn't get the best photo, but after smelling its delicious aroma all morning, I was eager to tuck in to my bowl of curry goodness.
From top to bottom, it was a wonderful weekend with wonderful friends, and learning many great tricks from our very patient teacher. My only complaint is that it went by too fast.