Life, Teaching

Teaching and Time Off Recap

I had a family trip to Tennessee planned for last week, and with the help of my mom and the support of Kathy, the owner of Spring Creek Quilts, I was also able to teach a morning and afternoon class of Wayward Transparency last Thursday.

Morning Wayward Transparency Class

Morning Wayward Transparency Class

I really enjoyed getting to spend time teaching about transparency and the Wayward Transparency pattern, and I know that holding classes in the week makes it more difficult for many people to attend. People drove from Nashville, Knoxville, Signal Mountain (near Chattanooga), and Atlanta to attend! Thank you so very much.

Afternoon Wayward Transparency Class

Afternoon Wayward Transparency Class

The quilt top behind us in the group photographs was pieced by my mother, who is also on the far right in the photo above. There was another student in the morning class who was not able to attend due to having the flu (I hope she is feeling better!), and a student in the afternoon class who had to leave a bit early before we took the group photograph.

Wayward Transparency Block Sizes

Wayward Transparency Block Sizes

Because the Wayward Transparency pattern comes in 3 different sizes in 2 different layouts, students had a wide range of options available to select. In the afternoon class one block of each size was pieced, and it was a delight for me to see them grouped together! I will be teaching at the Valley Modern Quilt Guild at the end of June, and I would be thrilled to discuss teaching opportunities with you and your guild.

Yvonne and her nieces

Yvonne and her nieces

After teaching, I had a wonderful visit with family, including my two active nieces. It was great to visit with my parents, brother and his family, and even extended family (cousins and adopted grandparents). The wifi was not working in the cabin we stayed in together, so the unexpected break from being online gave me even more time to visit and catch up with family, too.

Blowing Dandelion Seeds

Blowing Dandelion Seeds

I was able to spend quality time building legos, coloring, blowing dandelion seeds, counting rocks, cooking, riding roller coasters, visiting an aquarium, sitting around and chatting, and cooking meals. And it was a treat to get time to snuggle with my nieces who seemed happy enough to have me love on them.

Weighted Quilt in Use

Weighted Quilt in Use

I am also happy to report that the weighted quilt seems to be working very well, too!

I left my cell phone and iPad at my parent’s house, so I will be a bit slower to get back up to speed now that I have returned home than I had planned. Oops!

24 thoughts on “Teaching and Time Off Recap

  1. Family fun, and classes, the block with multi colours is fantastic. And wonderful to see your Mum there too.

  2. Looks like the best of both worlds, combining teaching and family time! Enjoy!

  3. sue7oaks says:

    It sounds like you had a great time all round! The class projects look great!

  4. Libby in TN says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I hope you will come back soon!

  5. Sometimes those smaller class sizes are nice. It looked like you had a great time and the blocks are lovely. You and your mom have similar smiles. Such fun to see the weighted blanket getting good use, and fun to see you spending time with your family. Welcome home!

  6. kaholly says:

    Glad you had a nice get away. Your niece looks so peaceful under her new quilt!

  7. kaholly says:

    I’m so envious!

  8. Jess says:

    Awwww, every picture made me smile! What lucky nieces you have. That quilt will be so loved! Glad you had a nice break. We all need them!

  9. Beth LaMotte says:

    I so enjoyed your pics! Your nieces are just adorable. I am totally in awe of all the color combos of the quilt design. I have to say Wayward Transparency is one of my favorite patterns. So glad you had a good visit!

  10. Liz W. says:

    I’m loving these transparency quilt colors, especially the yellow / blue / green one. Your nieces are so cute, and it’s so great to spend time with family offline, the internet can be such a curse sometimes!

  11. Nadine W. says:

    What a great getaway! Family times are wonderful. Your “students” did fantastic jobs and should have super cool quilts to proudly display. Great pattern! TN holds a special place in my heart as I was born in the east near Oak Ridge. Thanks for sharing such great photos of your special time.

  12. I love the different colour interpretations your students came up with! And after all that teaching, I bet it was super nice to spend some time with loved ones!! Great way to balance it all out!

  13. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Yvonne; I am so glad that you had this wonderful opportunity to teach while you were visiting. All of the quilters look so happy with their blocks that begin their journeys to the end of the marvelous Transparency Quilt. I just felt so happy while reading and seeing your pictures of you and your family. I am glad that you shared this. Sorry about the items you forgot, I do things like that all the time. Have a fantastic day!

  14. Patty says:

    Your nieces are so sweet! I’m glad you were able to spend wonderful time with family.

  15. aquilterstable says:

    Good for you – both for teaching and time away. It’s nice to see the weighted quilt serving its purpose too…

  16. Tracie says:

    Fun! Visiting family is the best way to unwind. Thanks for sharing the photo of your niece with the weighted blanket; I might give it a go.

  17. The quilt blocks looks fabulous and the pictures of you and your family are beautiful. Snuggles and play time with the littlest family members are always wonderful 🙂

  18. Elizabeth E. says:

    So glad you had a great time in Tennessee, and that your classes went so well. I enjoyed seeing a photo of the weighted quilt in use with that sleeping baby. I had to suppress a smile when you said you left your devices at your mom’s–only because it meant that you had really relaxed, but I do know how much hassle that can be. Hope you are reunited with them soon!

  19. Kaja says:

    It sounds like a lovely visit, Yvonne: a bit of teaching (your students produced some cool blocks) and some family time. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

  20. Kate says:

    Very fun class projects. Looks like you had a wonderful visit. Enjoy being unplugged from the world for just a few more days.

  21. izzyjean06 says:

    Sounds like you had a great time! Disconnecting once in a while is so good!

  22. Looks like a wonderful class! I really like seeing all of the block sizes together.

  23. It sounds like the classes were a great success. So glad you were able to get a break and spend lots of time with family.

  24. Sue Rostron says:

    Particularly love the photo of your little niece sound asleep under her blanket. A friend at work who has been struggling with imsomnia just brought an adult sized weighted blanket filled with glass pellets and she and her husband are finding it really helpful in getting to sleep.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)