Sunday, April 29, 2007

What's up!

I remember saying to someone how we rarely get teachers to come way up north in Up State New York. Well, would you believe that Sharlene Jorgenson will be in Altona for two day to teach the double wedding ring and Storm at Sea?

Until QNN, I didn't know who Sharlene was. Heck, I had never seen any of the quilting shows that most people talked about. I think I've mentioned before that I do not watch TV, or rarely. Geez, I haven't seen Thomas the Tank Engine at 7:30 a.m. on PBS in months! lol I digress....

Thursday morning I went to Maw and Paw quilt shop, a shop I only frequent when I know she'll have what I'm looking for or when I'm an extremely patient and good mood. It is not the cleanest place to shop and if that wasn't enough, you should see the clutter. I'm being polite here. Anyway, Marie, the owner, who is really a sweet person, tells me that Sharlene Jorgenson will be teaching two classes at the Altona Town Hall. She shows me the set of template for the double wedding ring and lets me know that she has none in stock but should get some by the date of the course, which is May 1.

Anyway, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to learn how to make the double wedding ring. At $35.00 for a full day class, how can I go wrong! If I enjoy Sharlene, who knows I might even sign up for the Storm at Sea!

What I found attractive about this teacher is that it says on her supply list to bring a small amount of fabric scraps. She feels that the students need to concentrate on the technique and the best way to do this is to learn with scraps. Works with me! Although I would love to make a double wedding, I did not want to invest a huge amount of time and fabric at the moment. We all know that I have many projects waiting to be finished. The last thing I need is starting such a huge project.

Friday evening was spent at Loose Threads for a "Girls night in." I brought my hand work basket again and worked on an applique square from a pattern by Robyn Pandolph called My Favorite Things - Cabin Fever Designs. I'm happy to report that I have one block left to do and it's onward to the piecing of the quilt! That will be one more project off that UFO list. I really should get back to the Wildberry Vine quilt but I'm in a starting something new mood, which also entails using up some of my stash!

Saturday I went for some quilting therapy with a friend. She brought me to a shop in Williston, VT. We then went on to the Bernina Dealer to check things out. I really don't know what was wrong with me, but I didn't buy a thing. We made a stop at Joann's and guess what I found? The templates for the class I'll be taking. I even got to use my 40% off coupon! Bonus!

So that about covers my weekend end. I've been in one of those quiet moods.

6 comments:

Connie said...

I love Robyn Pandolph's fabrics, the soft over-dyed and bleached colors. Thanks for the link to her site. I saw Sharlene Jorgenson once on Simply Quilts but don't remember the episode, just the name. Taking a class from her sounds like an exciting opportunity.

Leigh said...

Sounds like you've had a lovely week end. I've always planned to do a double wedding ring so I'll look forward to hearing about this.
Hope you're feeling well.
Hugs :-)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You really lucked out on the templates at a discount, what a womderful, happy circumstance. I did a double wedding ring 'table topper' 100 years ago... that was enough to satisfy my desire to learn the technique; I agree with you, I appreciate any instructor who will focus on technique and not require a huge investment in fabrics!

Darlene said...

Oh, I'll bet you have a lot of fun in Shar Jorgenson's class. Isn't it nice that she's planning to focus on technique and not the race to the finish. Refreshing, indeed. Enjoy!

swooze said...

Hope you enjoy the class! I haven't taken one in such a long time. I do want to see that applique quilt. I guess I will have to keep teasing you to work on it and how progress.

Pam said...

You won't believe this. The very first set of template that I ever bought - probably in 1998 or maybe even 1996 - was double wedding ring. I just love that quilt. Of course the templates are still in the shrink wrap - LOL. I just pulled them out to look at them. Quilting from the Heartland - Double wedding ring -- Sharlene Jorgenson!! Too funny. I will have to follow your progress. Maybe I will take mine out of the shrink wrap!

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