Today I left for a wool applique workshop with Sue Spargo. If felt so peaceful to drive out west on the Massachusetts turnpike- there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the leaves were still on the trees. They leaves had passed to a muted brownish/tan/yellow that seemed to show how close we are to winter coming- a cozy warm glowish feeling. It will be interesting to see if the foliage looks a lot different in a week.
I am so excited for this class, but feeling very overwhelmed. I feel somewhat prepared, but wish that I had brought my sewing machine. One of the techniques is to piece your wool pieces together to make a more textured background. The supplies list was a little bit vague, so I wasn't quite sure what to bring. Thankfully, the instructor has brought quite a lot of supplies, so I can pick up a few things that I don't have. What we are going to be working on during this week is a panel from the Folk-Tails book. My mind is already racing with the idea of making several panels into a larger quilt. I really love the original Folk-Tails quilt, but I'm realizing that I could branch off and challenge myself into constructing my own design instead of always feeling a little frozen and copying exactly as the original design is. That was my tendency with the start of this class, but I think that it is going to be emphasized that we use a lot of our own creativity. I hope that it is an educational and productive week!