A week ago I was in the middle of teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I had the pleasure of being invited to teach an all day Triangle Transparency workshop on Wednesday, an all day Wayward Transparency workshop on Thursday, an all day workshop on Exploring Design Constraints through Mini Mini Quilts on Friday, and a half way workshop on Transparency Quilt Design on Saturday. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by when hanging out with quilters!
One of the ideas I like to try and reinforce through my workshops is that we are all creative. Getting to see when new skills or concepts click and become potential new tools for quilters to take home to use in their work excites me.
Seeing a rainbow of colors used in the same pattern in a class is also a lot of fun for everyone in the class.
At the beginning of both the Triangle Transparency and Wayward Transparency classes, I spent some time talking about fabric selection and tools that we all have at our fingertips today to help us select fabric.
The Vermont Quilt Festival is a bit spread out so I knew that many quilters might be stuck in morning traffic trying to make it to class on time, so it was a balance trying to decide when to officially start class each day. I had a few people unable to attend due to getting sick (boo!), but generally everyone was really prompt and ready to go each morning.
My Friday workshop was very small, with only 5 quilters, so everyone was able to spread out and share fabric and tools. Even those who came in with trepidation thinking that they didn’t know how to be creative without a pattern left with more ideas than they could stitch up in a day!
I have received more wonderful emails from quilters that took my workshops than ever before, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s feedback, enthusiasm for trying new skills, and the extra time they spent to write me. Teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival in combination with releasing the Sparkler Block this week were my last few industry commitments for a while, allowing me the pleasure of getting back to traveling in Wabi-Sabi Overland with no deadlines (whether self imposed or not).