Nonetheless, I had a wonderful time, with two fun groups of students who provided a lot of hilarity and some nice results. It is not easy to teach Free-form in one day, and a couple of students who had never done this before were stymied early on by the thought of cuttiing without a ruler. BUT - they persevered as I coached them (as in, cutting without a ruler is the same as cutting with a ruler, except you don't use a ruler). I worked with one of the students and here is what she had at the end of the day: it was a real accomplishment!
A couple of other pieces from that class...
These three tops were finished by the end of the day and I'm sure the others will be finished soon. Amazing for a one-day workshop!
Backtracking a bit -- I flew into Greensboro and it was about a 2-½ hour drive to Wirtz, VA. The lovely Lucille Amos, who lives in Greensboro, gave me a ride and it was a pleasant (and amazingly short) couple of hours. Along the way, we spotted a farmstand selling just-picked strawberries and I had to stop. Our strawberry season in NJ is in June and is so short-lived that it is impossible to find them.
So, I purchased a gallon of berries, about half of which I consumed while we were at the Quilt event.
Five days later, when I was leaving for home, they were a bit iffy, after having frozen in the back of the fridge and defrosted en route home. Going through security with two quarts of strawberries was less of a challenge than I thought it would be. Happily, I was the only passenger at the Greensboro airport going through security and I simply announced to TSA person #1 that I had strawberries. She alerted TSA person #2 and it was not a problem. When I got home on Monday night, I made 1-½ quarts of strawberry ice cream. I don't even LIKE strawberry ice cream, but there you have it.
TODAY (Wednesday) It is 40-something degrees and has been raining for two days. The heat on in May? Yep. And this morning, I made a pot of soup, some of which I am eating as we speak.
I did spend the day in my studio, experimenting (for a change) and deciding that the idea I had in mind was too much trouble for the result. I abandoned it and started to work with the African and Indian fabrics I love so much. Schlepped a ton of fabric home so I could work on it tonight and tomorrow because I am leaving again on Friday. Unpacked, did laundry, and will re-pack, all without even taking my suitcase upstairs.
It will be a week's vacation in the outer banks with my friends from college. I can only hope that it will not be 40-something degrees. SO - if you don't hear from me for another week, you will know why.
I expect we will be sitting around, walking if it is nice weather, eating, drinking, reading, and knitting. I may bring some hand-work or even my sewing machine. We will see.
See you anon.