Friday, June 3, 2011
I got home late Wednesday evening after spending five glorious days at Asilomar with Diane Gaudynski...a dream come true. This was her last class at Asilomar as she is retiring so it was bittersweet. It was a fun group filled with a lot of very talented quilters.
I've had many people ask why I was taking her class as I already know how to quilt...this was only my second "real" machine quilting class. I've learned a lot of what I already know by observing, reading, soaking up my students work and I wanted her to dial me in. She's the only teacher I know that does the precision heirloom quilting that I love and I wanted her to teach me how to do it right...and she did. I don't want to copy what she does...I want her to embellish what I do and I am very excited to see where her inspirations and instructions will take my quilting.
I allowed myself to play...no stress, no worries...just play. As she taught each technique I fooled around with it on a small piece that measured about 10x12" using the same neutral shades of Radiance that I used in a matching larger piece. Once I got the foolin' around piece done I was actually pleased with how it turned out and plan to keep it. I allowed myself to play on my larger piece too and plan to use it for a teaching sample in my classroom demo-ing some of my backgrounds, new ways of doing feathers, miniature work, etc. I am no longer so dependent on my stencil lines...I have been given permission from the "Divine Diane" to mark my guidelines and just go for it...enjoy it...and love it...and I am!