Brenda and her daughter Bonnie are quilt designers and teachers that live south of me about an hour and one half in a little town called Fountain Green. Their company is Pie Plate Patterns and I've seen their patterns/quilts before and knew of their wonderful quilts. So I was really happy to meet Brenda in my "Going to Market" class and get to know her a little before taking the "Slice and Dice" class from her. Brenda and Bonnie are putting a retreat together for next month. I wish I could be there. You can read about it here.
Here are the first blocks from the "Slice and Dice" pattern/class. This is the project I said had so many pieces! But wouldn't you know it. I cut it out wrong. Even though my quilt is going to be slightly different from the pattern (because I missed a part when I was prepping - doh!) I was able to learn the process and be able to still use all my tiny pieces to make the quilt. I've been itching to sew this but I want to get my baskets done first. I am keeping my 2 blocks out on the sewing table to keep me motivated. I just love them.
I purchased one of Brenda's books during class and was lucky enough to win their new Spring book during one of our meetings. Yayy for me. I love the tulip quilt.
Shelbie was also lucky enough to win a door prize, too. She got this cute big mug filled with die cut hearts. If she doesn't use them quickly she just may find I've stolen them.
One of my other classes was this wool bag by Paula and Sherry - my local friends. I wish this was my bag (above) but I barely got mine started. I listened to the instructions and watched as others began working on their bag. I also cut out my wool leaves. But I decided not to start another project that I knew I wouldn't be able to complete while there. So I packed up my kit and brought it home. I'm promising myself I WILL make it soon. I haven't worked much with wool and I definitely want to make this cute bag.
I'm catching up slowly to home and work responsibilities and making progress with my basket quilt. So more on that this week.