So class was super fun! I got to Alden Lane early, like everyone else, to set up! Look at our cute place settings. Everyone had their own table, and it was set up so three tables were in a group, you still got to be close enough to talk to people and still had tons of space to work.
I had all my cutting done in advance, so I was ready to go! Some of these photos are from my phone, I think I'm cool when I'm there, taking a lot of photos on my camera, then I download and it's a dismal handful.
Laura Nownes is simply adorable. She's a great teacher as well and I really enjoyed her class. Super fun time sewing with friends in a great environment not to mention great instructions on applique, cutting and piecing.
Alex came armed with lots of her own line of Superior Masterpiece Thread in case any of us were actually ready to applique our handles. Which, uh, turns out we were not.
This is the quilt we were making. It's Laura's Going to Market pattern. I love the colors, so cheerful. I've seen this quilt made up in a ton of different fabrics and they all look good. I really like the option of the mixed backgrounds.. well you already know that about me.
Totally a coincidence, Laura had a little bag full of sewing supplies made from Pam Kitty Love. Her friend makes them, and it's totally cute. Love the bias trim. I don't know that she even realized it was from my collection just a happy coincidence! I didn't steal it but I wanted to.
Lucky me, I was totally spoiled at class, Alex prepped and glued down all my handles so I could do invisible machine applique later. And the handles she didn't prep, Laura prepped. I do have to do 2 handles at home because I miss cut 2 background pieces. And get a load of my lower block there, mixed up backgrounds. I thought I could leave it but I think I'll switch it out. I really super love the larger yellow dot on white from Holly's Sweet Things collection, so I need to order another yard of that, I've used my supply up with this quilt.
Here's my 3 friends (from the left) Deb, Deanna and Debbie. They, like several others in the class, were kicking off their retreat with Alex with this class. These girls are the super-friends I often sew with!
Debbie is making her quilt using Pam Kitty Love and this was her first completed block. I like how cute the gingham hand looks.
The weather was perfect, and we had a nice alfresco box lunch from Sweet and Savory Café and Bakery under the oaks. It was really a wonderful experience sitting outside and enjoying some fresh air, chatting with friends. Alden Lane couldn't be a nicer venue for this. The classroom is spacious and clean, lots of nice natural light plus good lighting inside. Drinks, petite scones, fresh fruit greeted us, and after lunch there was a candy selection and beverages plus fruit and midway through the afternoon there was a fancy popsicle break. Seriously, wouldn't even just a sew in be fun there?
Hilarity break here, two nursery workers drove the fancy cows over on these carts, I wish I had a photo of them, it was like a lazy cow herding. Well maybe you had to be there. If you're local or within an hour or so drive, Alden Lane is wonderful this time of year. They have a great fall line up of events, click here for information. You'll fall in love with it. (fall, get it?)
Ok, that about wraps up my Tuesday for you. Wednesday it was back to business around here so the break was nice. It's market season, so there's plenty to do. If I'm not back here tomorrow, be sure and have a wonderful weekend. And thank you all so much for your comments on my post yesterday. You guys are great. xop