Last week, I made a trek up to Northern California to take a five day workshop from Cindy Needham. Cindy does an entirely different style of quilting than what I do -- I make big soft quilts to wrap oneself in; Cindy makes incredible show quilts. I had taken two days of her instruction at the High Desert Quilt Guild in Ridgecrest CA last year and was eager to learn more about her style.
To do the feathers, I just hand drew the spine, stitched it, then filled in with the feathers freehand. I expected this to be difficult as far as spacing and such. Either it's not that hard or it was beginner's luck!
I want to get the first piece bound and the second piece finished and bound so I can take them with me to Chicago on Sunday. Cheryl Hoffman, Brother's VP of Education, and I will be playing with the DreamWeaver next week and making some videos for Brother's website -- I always love hamming it up for the camera, so this should be a lot of fun!
I really appreciated Cindy's teaching style; she would lecture each morning and then turn us loose to practice what she had taught us. She's always circulating around the room, ready to help if you have a question or are at a sticking point in your work. A thread suggestion here, a design suggestion there, and we all came out with really nice work at the end of the week.
Cindy has a number of retreats in McCloud CA (I'm less inclined to do those because it's a 12 hour drive from home rather than the 6 to Rancho Cordova) and in Rancho Cordova CA. If you would like to experience Cindy's magic for yourself, you can read all about it at www.cindyneedham.com. I've already signed up for the April 11-14, 2013, "linen ladies" workshop, so now I'm on the prowl for a couple of beautiful pieces of vintage linen to take with me!
Definitely an enjoyable week that vastly improved my machine quilting skills -- I have to say that it was worth every penny and every minute and firmly bonded me with this new machine....
Brother has provided me with the DreamWeaverTM XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.