Fine Finishes is one of my favorite classes to teach. It included PERFECT mitered bindings, facings, piping and couched yarn edges, plus other techniques depending on the student’s speed. So far, every single student has been able to get a perfect miter and corner–in part because I show them WHY they get rounded or dog-ear corners instead. Then, I’ll have them do a couple INcorrectly on purpose so they can write notes right on the sample to remind them later what to do. WOOT! I really am going to write a book, I promise! Someone find me an extra month or two, OK? Anyway, my teaching week began late on Sunday when I arrived in Houston, went over to the awesome IQF Teacher’s room, and sorted and organized the things I had shipped ahead to be ready for each day. On Monday–the last day of Quilt Market (for the trade only), I had a nearly-full class which was awesome. On the left I had about seven ladies from Brazil, and one was kind enough to translate for the others whose English wasn’t as strong as hers: thank you Leticia! Great results all around!
Janome-America has been SO GOOD to me for over 8 years now, including me in the artist and teacher program. Because I’m familiar with Janome machines, I always ask to teach in a Janome classroom. For Monday’s class we got the 3160, a smaller Janome that is a great travel-to-class/retreat machine as well as a good machine for at home. It’s not heavy like my beloved 6600/7700s but has almost as many features. The students did great on them! Thanks to Janome for sponsoring various machine classrooms at IQF!
Susan Brubaker Knapp and I met online and became friends…. we both have two kids about the same age, work as teachers and authors, and love machine quilting! When we realized we were going to be in Houston together, dinner was a must! Susan knows Kelly Jackson of I Have A Notion (here), so we gathered up a group and went to Ninfa’s. Believe it or not, we were NOT tipsy in this photo, just totally relaxed and happy and having fun! I was on the phone calling the hotel shuttle (Thank you to Embassy Suites…and now that I have secured my reservation for next year, I can tell you how SUPERLATIVE the service was at the hotel!).
I roomed this year with the wonderful Mary Ellen Kranz, who is a part-time resident here in Maine and a dear friend of one of the local quilt guild (Coastal Quilters) members. I am SO glad she talked me into using her reservation at Embassy Suites instead of mine. The hotel was fabulous. The suite was fabulous. Mary Ellen was fabulous! On the way out of the hotel the last evening, I said I hoped to be able to snag a reservation there for next year. They took our email addresses and, glory be!, sent us a heads-up email saying when reservations would “go live” since hotels usually sell out within a couple hours of taking reservations. So I was ready and have my reservation. NICE…and typical of the great service they offered. Can you tell I was really pleased? WELL worth the small extra cost per person to stay there.
I’ll be back with more!