Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Quilting Designs with Helen Squire
OK, I have to admit that I did not expect to get anything from this class going in. My guild, Friendship Quilters of San Diego usually schedules monthly workshops with our guest speakers on weekdays....when the rest of the planet, myself included, are working. So when I heard that the guild had booked a speaker workshop for a Sunday, I figured that since I am one of the biggest whiners about weekday workshops, I had better get to that workshop.
What a pleasant surprise. Helen Squire (of Ask Helen! fame) was a total hit with me. She has seen it all. For over 2 decades she responded to quilting questions as a columnist and went on to work for AQS and the American Quilter magazine. Besides being knowledgeable, she has some wonderful stories about quilting accidents that had me laughing out loud. Her CDs and books have hundreds of patterns and she showed us how to fold them to make new patterns. Great stuff.
We were encouraged to bring quilt tops to class so we could assess them. It was great to hear her experiences and view the quilts with a new set of eyes. "Look at the quilt and tell me what is most important?". It wasn't always the obvious answer.
An altogether educating and enjoyable class. Her newest book comes out during Houston Quilt Market next week and you can be sure that I will be buying Quilting UFOs with Helen.
My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.
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