So, when I found out that Julie of Jaybird Quilts fame was teaching Dot Party at my new favorite shop, The Village Quilter, I signed up immediately!
I already had the pattern and bought the fancy circle ruler and really teeny 18mm rotary cutter like the pattern suggests. I'm always looking for a better way to cut out a circle, so was intrigued by the ruler. As soon as I got it I thought I'd try it out. Didn't go so well. There's got to be a trick, and I know Julie's going to show us what it is! So, this class is not only going to a blast I'm sure, but I'll learn something too.
I decided the fabric that I won from Sarah's Swell Cloth shop, Kumari Garden, would be perfect for this quilt. I'm pairing it with some light blue Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen...
By the way, I've been haunting places that sell the Quilter's Linen and scooping it up. It's not all that easy to find. This is my stash so far:
I'm signed up for one more class. On my first trip to The Village Quilter last Fall, I heard they were having a class on hand quilting with Didi Salvatierra. I've been wanting to take a hand quilting class for forever and just never got the chance. I was bummed that the class was the next week (and I think it was full anyway), but owner Susan promised Didi would be back. So, when she said Didi was coming back in the Fall, I couldn't wait to sign up (I may have been a bit of a pest about it too. Every time I saw Susan I'd bug her about when sign ups would be open - LOL!) I've done some hand quilting in the past, I just have never been very happy with my stitches. And, not that I'm going to be hand quilting much by any stretch, but I'd love to have a hand quilting project to work on from time to time. And, this is going to be it (and, yes, it may take
me the rest of my life, I realize that):
[of course, Lilly has to plunk her little self in the middle of every quilt I put on the floor - and sorry about the wrinkles]
This applique quilt was a block-of-the-month from the now defunct Country Quilt Shop, started in the late 90s. I finished the quilt at the end of last year. (No, I don't want to add up how many years that's been). It's called Pennsylvania Folk Art and it is just beautiful. I really think hand quilting would be worth it on this quilt.