Sunday, June 19, 2016

Full on summer

We have had the best weather these last few days - bright blue skies, warm, breezy, not too hot (unless you're in the direct sun).  I have had to water flowers outside, but things are growing well.  Paul washed the house Friday while I vacuumed the basement, in anticipation of Mom and Jenny's visit.  They're arriving Tuesday for a week, and on Fri/Sat. Jermine and Christine arrive from Curacao and Nederland.  They'll be staying at Maplecroft.  We hope they'll enjoy being able to walk downtown and seeing our old house.

Yesterday I taught the second applique class which went very well.  One quilter had done more homework than assigned and had her floral block almost all prepped over the last two weeks.   The other had had some family emergencies so hadn't prepped much.  She cut some things out with her die cutter but they weren't quite what was needed.  That was OK since it gave us an opportunity to review freezer paper applique, making templates, etc.  I focused the session on vines, leaves, and circles, and we had a very nice time sewing together.   It was hard to get them to leave - always a good sign.

I had brought a few sample items, including two quilts.  Thinking back, one could have started with the heart-shaped applique but the other really needed the melon shape.  At the end, I showed my Hawaiian applique UFO and then demonstrated reverse applique.  Since both require needleturn, the two ladies said that would be on their bucket list after they feel more confident.  They both asked me to keep them informed about future Calico County Quilters meetings since they enjoyed the sewing time together.  A final bonus was the check I received for the two classes - really unnecessary except that it will most likely be spent at the quilt shop anyway!

Today we're off to the Vermont History Expo where I'll be volunteering in the bookstore for the morning.  There are always interesting exhibits and friends from around the state to check in with.

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