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Podcast 225 — Classes and Workshops
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I was asked by several listeners to talk about how to be a good workshop attendee and get the most from the class/workshop. In the podcast, I cover:
* Pay attention to the materials list
* Make sure your machine is in good working order and bring the manual.
* Arrive early and get set up. Allow the teacher to do the same.
* Be attentive and ask questions. Take notes too.
* Don’t chat with friends during instruction and don’t work ahead.
* Don’t leave early – you don’t know what you’re going to miss.
One thing I missed — If you need help, don’t ask your friend or table mate. Ask the teacher — she can tell you quicker and better than your friend who is trying to work on their project. The friend may be doing it wrong, then you’re both wrong. It’s not an intrusion of the teacher’s time, and they won’t think you’re asking a stupid question (remember: there are NO stupid questions). The teacher WANTS to help you get it right. And even though your friend may want to help you, you are taking time away from their project. You know what I mean if you are always the friends who helps : )
This week’s quote:
Being humble means recognizing that we are not on the earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others. Gordon B. Hinckley
These last couple of weeks have been a real challenge with being sick off and on, traveling and teaching and having BigGuy get sick too. I want to share my trip to Southern California with you, though.
What is Meet the Teachers?
For those of you not familiar with this, quilt guilds form a Council and then offer information to all of the guilds. There is a Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds, SCCQG, and once a year in April, they hold Meet the Teachers. Fifty national teachers were in attendance. We each have a booth to show our samples, give out brochures and write contracts for upcoming guild visits, and have three minutes to talk about our lectures and workshops in front of the Guild Program Chairs. It’s a fun and exciting day. Believe it or not, we are signing contracts for teaching in 2016-2017 already. And, there are three councils in California alone: SCCQG, NCQC (Northern California Quilt Council), and Quilt Guilds of the North Quarter.
If you want to see my brochure, click here. You can download the PDF version and share it with your local guild or quilt shop ; )
Here’s me at my booth, in front of a quilt I hope you remember: West of Baltimore. It was featured in the Keepsake Quilting catalog for 2 1/2 years and has traveled around the world.
My table-mate, Mary Tabar:
Directly behind was my long-time friend, Tracey Brookshier and Mike McNamara.
Dixie McBride was also there — I’ve been a big fan of hers for umpteen years. She was presenting at the time.
There were vendors there, and I just had to make a donation ; )
I found this cool electric seam ripper! Now I can be a professional Seam Ripper for all of my students. **read why below**
My very talented friend, Arlene — who did a Q&A during her presentation: Why are you wearing the belt? Her reply: It stops the Girls. Arlene is a Civil War historian and collects quilts from the era, teaching how to create them.
and then, I was this booth across from me, and the more I looked at these amazing quilts, the more intimidated I got:
This is Rita Verroca. She’s a C&T author and will have a new book out soon. She is so nice — I look forward to spending some time with her in the future.
At the end of the day, I took poor BigGuy out to dinner, who by this time had caught my cold and was miserable. We went to our favorite restaurant in Irvine, — Houston’s. They are a part of the Hillstone group of restaurants, and they even have a Houston’s in Houston. If you go for Market or Festival, it’s a treat to go there. This, is heaven on a plate:
I don’t know why, but I always get a cheeseburger. Pretty simple, right? The bun is made fresh, the meat is ground in-house ribeye and it is yummy. Almost better than the burger is the Coleslaw on the plate, which is savory, not sweet and isn’t overpowered by sauce.
So, this happened two days after I got home — not one but two broken toes, courtesy of an office chair…
Sorry it’s blurry — but then again, maybe that’s a good thing!
Lastly, I found this book in my hostess’s bookcase — I can’t resist looking at books about quilting.
This book was printed on 1984, just before the rotary cutter found it’s way into our quilt shops and homes. Take a close look. No, it’s not the drying rack that I want you to see — although that is a good tool for keeping cut strips separate…
It’s THIS that I want you to see:
…if you are thinking that she’s using a paper cutter to cut strips, you would be right. That was an innovative solution to replace drawing pencil lines and cutting each strip with SCISSORS. That’s what we used to do “back in the day”, as my kids would say. But — those strips, cut in at east two layers of fabric would shift under the blade and would never be straight or accurate.
Thank heaven for Mr. Yoshio Okada:
If you’ve ever thought that the rotary cutter resembles a pizza cutter, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. OLFA Corporation is a part of the World Kitchen group, which also has other companies like Pyrex, CorningWare, Chicago Cutlery and OXO as a part of their stable of products. Get it?
**About the Seam Ripper:
Those of you who have taken a class from me, know that I have three rules of the class/workshop:
1. This is YOUR class, it is not my class. I want you to get out of the class what you need to help you be a better quilter. I am the facilitator, you are the student.
2. This is YOUR quilt, it is not my quilt. I will show you how to make a quilt the way that I do it, but you don’t have to make your quilt to please me — you make it to please yourself. You don’t have to make your quilt exactly like mine. I will give suggestions, which you can take or leave. After all, you will be taking your quilt home with you, I won’t.
3.You should have a seam ripper in your notions kit, as it is on the materials list. You, however, may not use it — only I can use your seam ripper. If you sew something wrong, I will pick out the stitches for you while you continue to work. It is a waste of you time to pick out stitches — that’s what I’m here for.
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