I am "sew" happy this time of year...
I have an ongoing large quilting project but I squeeze in other projects in between (I shouldn't be doing that but I just can't help myself).
Last Friday afternoon I gave myself a treat and signed up for a sewing class at Mad About Patchwork, (just outside of Ottawa, Ontario) my new favourite fabric shop. The shop is so pretty: pretty fabric, pretty projects, pretty all over the place.
The project for the afternoon was a bag, seen on the cover of this beautiful book by Krista Hennebury, Poppyprint. This wasn't the first time I have come across her book - she has a beautiful blog that I follow which has highlighted her book a few times. The projects in her book are collection of patterns focused on being retreat-friendly ie. something beautiful that can be made in a relatively short period of time.
Now I have her book to add to my growing collection of eye-candy sewing/quilting books. I can just sit and read them over and over again.
Back to my project.
The class for the afternoon was small - just two students but this was the first time my teacher had taught a class so it was good for her to have a small number and it's always good for students to have their teacher's full attention. It was nice to be able to chat while sewing; the project wasn't overly difficult but I love a reason to socialize with other quilters and just being in that beautiful environment, instead of being surrounded by all the jobs I have at home. It was a great afternoon.
1. I love taking classes. I find that I am increasingly confident when sewing - I surprise myself with what I actually know.
2. As a result I may not need to take any classes but I LOVE TAKING CLASSES mostly because I can be with others that sew. I like to talk "shop".
3. I always learn something new - nothing wrong with that!
4. This shop has a nice vibe for creating something beautiful.
5. I honestly didn't read the instructions in the book. My teacher guided us along. Despite that, I will make at least one more of these bags and a few of the other projects on my own.
6. I was there for over 3 hours BUT I know this bag could be made in much less time.
7 I can't wait to go back and take another class from Katy or anyone else at Mad About Patchwork.