Monday, September 23, 2013

My Designs Workshop..."E.S.I."

This past week found me snugged up at the Hyatt in Rancho Cordova teaching my last extended designs workshop of the year.  What a wonderful way to wrap up the year!  When I had my last Linen Ladies Workshop it was nicknamed "OCD"...Obsessive Cindy Disorder.  Elizabeth was one of my students this week and nicknamed this workshop "ESI"...Every Stinking Inch.

During the week my students learn how to use all the different types of threads in their machines and become very aware of the impact that thread choices make on their quilted designs.  They each make two sacrificial samples where they learn to fill in shapes with different designs, how to create sunshine and shadow, dimension and movement.

These lessons help to build their confidence and they are then turned loose on designing and quilting their special class samplers.

All I can say is WOW...they created some amazing pieces this week and I'm fairly confident that each of them left with something they are VERY proud of!

On the last day we have a special show and tell where each of them shares what they worked on and the Admiration Society gives them a huge round of applause!

A big thank you to my students for a fabulous week!!! Congratulations on your beautiful work!

Hugs, Cindy :)


Karen said...

Wow - amazing what an excellent teacher can teach her students in such a short period of time! Beautiful work.

Leeanne said...

Great work! Or should I say 'Play'!!

Kathleen said...

I'll be there for the next one! Kate

Anonymous said...

Awesome teacher/awesome students!!! Inspiring for all of us!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Quilt Crazy said...

Cindy you are a great teacher. And I loved the workshop! Thank you so much.

Martha said...

Wow is right!!! Some amazing quilting!!!!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

It was wonderful!!! We are trying to talk our friend Diane into coming to it next year and Debbie, Janice and I can come as alumni. :)

Plain Ol' Vanilla said...


Thank you for sharing. These samples spur me on! I have am enrolled in your Craftsy class and watch it over and over. I have learned so much!! I can't wait to work on my own samples of background work. Oh..just so you know...I took to heart your insistence on "ESS" and went back to stitch in the ditch ESS of a quilt I finished (or so I thought) last year. It looks much improved!


Elizabeth said...

Cindy, thank you, thank you for five wonderful days of sewing our hearts out! I feel I made a huge breakthrough and gained so much confidences in my designe capabilities. (And I'm pretty pleased with my feather's growth too!)
You are a truly wonderful teacher who can speak gently to each of our learning needs. Thank you so much!

Karen said...

What a talented group of linen ladies! Makes me feel a little like a slacker.... In its own time, mine will come.

challenge coins said...

Wow is right!!! Some amazing quilting!!!!