My birthday was on Saturday, the 12th. I'm 37 now! Yikes! Time just flies by with little ones around, I swear.
In addition to a fabulous birthday lunch with my boys at our favorite local restaurant, I got to take an all-day class on Sunday to learn about hand quilting at The Quilting Loft. Woo hoo!
Our instructor, Laurie Shifrin, took time to teach us her methods for both lap quilting and hoop quilting. And the all-day format meant that we got lots of great practice at both. I really appreciated her attention to ergonomics and comfort when quilting, too. Laurie was a great teacher.
We didn't work on a "project"-- rather, we created a practice piece. She asked us to choose contrasting thread so we could really see what we're doing. Of course, I chose green. And boy, you can definitely see what I'm doing, in all of it's uneven and funky-looking glory.
I have taken a couple of hand quilting classes in the past, but I never felt like I "got" it before. This time, I'm feelin' it! I've still got a lot to learn, but am really excited to get going and do some hand quilting. Now I really need to finish my Jane quilt!