Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I Have Always Known

that quilters are the nicest people. This "universal truth" could not have been anymore evident than when I walked through these doors last night.

The sweet lady in the middle is Annelies (of shared Pam Kitty Morning fabric win from Strawberry Patches with me ). She teaches here at Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Quilt store. 
I looked up the store on Mapquest and it was only about 35 miles from where we are staying, so when Anne invited me to visit a class, (actually, I think I invited myself) I decided  to attend last night.

There were about 12 ladies besides me and Annelies. I am terrible at names, and I didn't get pictures of all of them, but  they all had smiles and were so sweet to me.

This lady has a three year old at home, and she was sewing cutting and ironing right up to the last minute. I complimented her on all she got done, and she said she likes to take advantage of every minute of class time. I totally understood that...with a toddler at home...

I called this lady the keeper of the goodies. She worked hard all night and had that sweet blue and yellow quilt top done by the end of the evening. She said it was her first quilt ever.
Oh, and from
 what I could gather about the "goodies", theres always plenty when this group gets together.

One lady, (Laurie, I think) had this finished quilt to show us.
I especially wanted a picture of this as my granddaughter Lexie is determined to be a surfer since she read the book and saw the movie of the young girl in Hawaii who lost her arm to a shark while surfing. Now wouldn't that just make you want to surf too.?

Anyway, It was a beautiful quilt.

Annelies says this group of ladies meet to bring whatever they are working on.  She went from table to table asking anyone if they needed help.  She threaded machines, helped rip out, helped tape a quilt to the table read to be basted, gave color and fabric advice and was so encouraging. It was easy to see why people come to her classes.
She was teaching last night, tonight, Thursday day and an all day Saturday class.

To be truthful, I was  a little jealous.  Seeing her interaction with her students made me miss teaching.  I guess just being in that setting, brought back lots of memories.
You see,  when I first started teaching, I taught Quilt in a Day Log Cabin quilt. Back in the day when we ripped (oh how that sounds crazy now) strips. Before the rotary cutter.  I took classes from Eleanor Burns at Quilt market and became certified to teach her quilts. She is the one that "forced" me to use a rotary cutter by making me come to the front of the class and demonstrate.
Now, I don't know how I ever quilted without one.

All in all, the evening was just the most fun.
Mr. SS really doesn't like me to be gone in the evenings, but even he admitted he could tell how much I enjoyed my evening with Annelies and her quilting class.

Watch out Strawberry Patches, I am going to your newsletter right now to see how many classes I can sign up for.  Now if I can just convince Mr. SS not to take any more out of town jobs (not likely) and not to mind me being gone in the evenings (even less likely).  But a girl can dream, can't she.

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!


Susy said...

So glad you had a chance to enjoy your other love (: Did you make anything? It makes me happy to think that there are groups of women out there a-quiltin'. xo

Annelies said...

What a sweet post...and it was such JOY to have you join the class. Yes I am one LUCKY girl, and it is a bit HARD to say the words " I am off to work".
More like a weekly party with my dear girlfriends!!!!! I can picture what a joy it would have been to have you for a teacher too. Maybe that path will open once again. And sorry sorry sorry, I forgot to bring my Dresden. I have to admit that on my Clare day, my head is always a bit in the clouds ( lack of sleep maybe????). Hugs and much love, XXXX

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Beverly,
What a wonderful time...I so want to join in on a quilt group, one day I will. I have learned to quilt just by reading the instructions. I could really use a class.
So you know I have been quilting now for one year and now I am ready to try my hand at applique' by sewing a owl unto a baby quilt I just made for my niece. I am a bit nerves about it, but I am ready to give it a try.
Sill loving the jean purse!!
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Creations By Cindy said...

Looks like the fun! And the goodies look yummy! My kind of group! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Nancy B said...

Great post! Hi, Beverly. Wouldn't I love to take another class from you at SP! Maybe we can sign up for the same class. That would be fun. Hugs.

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

That class sounds like you. I know you had a great time. I'm sure you were a blessing to others that were there too. Don't get too use to being away from those of us that are home "holding the fort down". lol Miss you.

Black Bedroom said...

I like this post, and loved that certain regards for organizing. You are amazing! Thanks!

luvtoquilt said...

Thanks for the heads up on this quilt shop! Next time I visit my daughter in Vista, I will take a side trip. I'd love to meet Annalies!