I've been very busy and distracted, so I haven't posted in a while.
Where to start????
I spent last weekend at a Quilt Retreat with several friends from my small quilting group. It was a much needed time to just sit and sew and relax and visit with friends. My batteries have been recharged and I am ready to get busy again! I pieced a table runner using a fun ruler called "Lil Twister" that I got from The Country Schoolhouse (http://www.country-schoolhouse.com/twister_tool.htm). I'll post a pic when I get it quilted - it was fun and turned out really well. Now I want the bigger tool because I bought some 10" squares that are scrumptious and would look great using this tool. During the retreat, I also put a border on a baby quilt and worked on an applique project -not a ton of work accomplished, but enough. The company of friends and the wonderful food made the weekend complete!
I have a friend's quilt on the Gammill right now - again I will post a pic later. It has embroidered butterflies on squares alternating with a purple print. I tried to echo quilt the butterflies, but it looked terrible, so I frogged the echo lines and am now micro stippling the squares. Much better. The purple squares are being quilted with a sort of meander with points. I'm using Glide thread which I am loving! I should finish it by this weekend. (I know - I'm slow, but I also have a regular day job, and loving husband and dog and chickens.....not to mention wonderful children and grandchildren.)
On Tuesday evenings, I do volunteer work at our local library. Besides checking out and shelving books, I also teach a quilting class. It is very informal - we usually have just a few people who show up each week.
We started with English paper piecing, and have worked on that for a while. I demonstrated a floating four patch block for one session, and gave each person a chance to make one herself. Next week I plan on having a session to talk about favorite sewing and quilting tools. Since we don't have a classroom in our small library, we just set up a table in the library. We get questions and comments from other patrons, which is a great way to promote quilting!