Katy kindly did my name badge, which I haven't photographed yet, but I will. Imagine, if you will, a needlework version of this:
... although not quite as big and my glasses are a bit less Timmy Mallett than that. She also gave me a groovy little bag stuffed with goodies - including a petit fours (like a charm pack but teeny 2 1/2" squares) of Juggling Summer by Zen Chic fresh from Quilt Market in Kansas City (soooooo jealous!):
Katy's class was Frame Purses, a class that I was scared of, because I couldn't for the life of me see how on earth I would be attaching a fabric pouch to a metal frame. Then I found out about this:
U-Handbag for this image of Gutermann HT2 seriously strong & whiffy fabric glue. This is yet another technique that I am so glad that I did in a class. If I had been following instructions on a page I am not sure whether I would have come out with a completed project, but when you have Ms Katy reassuring you "really ram the fabric up with your scissors, you can be more aggressive than that" - then this is what you can end up with:
I am so pleased with my purse! It is a nice chunky one - the frame is 6" x 3" so it is much bigger than it might look here. Check out this post on Katy's blog for a nice picture of all the purses in our class:
...mine conspicuous in its absence because I was too slow - I was still covered in glue at this point.
I then raced back down to the main room to see if I could catch the end of Lucie Summers' Portholes class but it was all but over. Gutted. Everyone raved about the "ah-ha!" moment in the technique and I can't guess what it is. However I am hoping to go to the London Modern Quilt Guild's next meeting and Amy has kindly offered to give me a quick tutorial.
For those who haven't seen Lucie's award-winning Portholes quilt, here it is:
which I believe won best quilt at the Festival of Quilts 2010 (correct me if I'm wrong!). It certainly deserved to!