Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My New BFF, Ricky Tims

I finished the Feathered Star! Y seams and all!

Why yes, that is me on stage with Ricky Tims. He, Libby Lehman and Alex Anderson held a seminar at Clayton State. He was asking me how he can improve his piecing skills, and called me up on stage to demonstrate.  LOL! What really happened was that on the first day of the seminar, he was talking about "Caveman Quilting" and how you do not have to have a perfect 1/4" seam allowance. Edith said, "You should cover your ears when he gets to that part." He didn't hear exactly what she said, but heard our murmuring, and like a good teacher, came right on down into the audience and we repeated the conversation to him. We joked about having to call the paramedics for the less than precise part. Later, he was making a point that we all only have so much time, and we shouldn't waste time on low value activities. So of course he calls Miss Perfect 1/4 inch seam allowance up on the stage to make his point. The lady standing there with me was to cut strips and I was to tear the fabric, which presumably is faster. But he set it up so that I finished first anyway. We all had a good laugh, he gave me a yard of fabric which I donated to the Guild for the auction next month. Just for the record, I do not like to tear fabric, because while it is on the straight of grain, the stress of tearing it distorts the edges of the fabric. His recommendation is that you press the fabric and the edges will be fine. I'm willing to try it...(she said skeptically and not at all set in her ways.)
He was very generous about signing books and taking photos:
We had a great time at the seminar and I learned a lot. I wanted to attend one of his retreats in Colorado this year, but couldn't make it fit into my schedule. I definitely will go next year. And I'm taking Libby Lehman's class at Asilomar in March. And Clayton State University is a beautiful campus.
I just threw a housewarming party for the people next door. Well, I called it a housewarming, the police called it arson.


Livin' Blue Quilter said...

I love your feathered star. It looks like you have mastered the "y" seams to me. I will be at Asilomar the week of 3/18, for our staff retreat. Unfortunately, there won't be any quilting classes going on...bummer.

lenasdaughter said...

No, sad to say, Y seams are not mastered. I sewed to the point in the Y and stopped. Then started over as a new seam. Done is better than perfect. I will be at Asilomar the week of the 26th! Dang! There isn't even a quilting show and tell the week of the 18th.

Margaret said...

I went searching for a photo of a Feathered Star, and found what I think is the very quilt I have been sent to quilt (purely by accident)! I think you are Jeanette... BTW, your quilt is beautifully pieced, and I can't wait to get going on the quilting in a couple weeks.

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lenasdaughter said...

OMG!!! Margaret! Are you kidding me? Isn't the internet amazing? I didn't even have the photo tagged! I'm so glad you did not throw your hands up in despair upon receiving the top! I'm excited you are quilting it! I know you are on Pinterest, and Judy Neimeyer is also, under Quiltworx if you want to see some more Feathered Stars. Thanks again! Stitches and Hugs!