Road to California Wrap Up 2016

What can I say?

I’ve been away with not a lot of internet and even less time… but I’ll write about that another day.

It’s time to return to Road to California and my adventures there.

Friday was busy! Class started on time at 8 AM. I still can’t believe that I was ready to leave the hotel room at 7.20 each morning. Being able to walk to the convention center without a coat on certainly helped.

Blue tape works for hanging up your quilts, but it’s not exactly beautiful. It didn’t seem to stop people stitching. The full class enrolled for Walking Foot Quilting – Beyond the Ditch worked hard.

IMG_5041I’d like to think this beautiful spiral was a result of my instruction but I’m thinking that this wasn’t its maker’s first try.IMG_5045These three ladies had come to check out the class earlier in the week. They had lovely matching t-shirts. We had fun together!IMG_5052Class over, there was just time to go back to the hotel for a quick snack and to repack my bags before it was time to head out again for the Roundabout, “a fun little evening event”, where 250 guests were expected.

I set up my table for my Super Spiral demo featuring square and round spirals using the walking foot. IMG_5057And then everyone came in…IMG_5062Ten, ten minute demos later, with hardly a break between each, I was a little croaky but it was so much fun! Welcome new group, intro, demo, finish off, welcome new group, intro, demo, finish off…. We were very weary walking back to our hotel.

Morning came around again very quickly.

Saturday was time for Steps to Successful Free Motion Quilting. Another full class! Our BERNINA helper Tamara demonstrated how to set up the machines.

IMG_5067No pictures of quilting but we did have smiling students.IMG_5069Mother and daughter happy at the end of class!IMG_5075The proof of the pudding will be finished quilts?

Just one more day to go…

The Wrapped in Scraps Table Runner takes two skeins of clothesline and lots of 1″ fabric strips…

IMG_5096Yes, I said table runner but some people made a bowl… Here’s Julie at her sewing machine. You can read what she thought of the class on her blog, Key Elements.
IMG_5095 Sheila sewed along too!IMG_5098 It was a small class, the only one that hadn’t sold out, and a few people that had enrolled were no shows but we were certainly a happy bunch. Even Tamara joined in!IMG_5101 And just like that we were done! Five days of classes taught. All that preparation, all those students…

Time for a last picture with Tamara and our wonderful sewing machines.
Thank you Road to California!

One Comment

  1. Karen said:

    That Roundabout sounds like speed dating (not that this 67 year old married woman would know–thank goodness!)–but a whole lot more fun 🙂 If I’d been there (Maine is pretty far away) I would have been all over BOTH your classes! And I’ve always wanted to make a fabric bowl–too cool!

    January 29, 2016

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