I recently had a gal from Arizona contact me about teaching her how to do trapunto and freehand quilting. Yes, Arizona! She’s flying in to the Quad Cities area to visit her sister the last week of June and will be driving down for a 2-day class. I’ll forward her information on lodging nearby (Coyote Cabins and the Shelbyville Historic Inn). How cool is that!
She’ll be bringing a quilt top and has some specific patterns in mind, but we’ll be collaborating on the design itself. She wants to learn trapunto too, and we’ll use that technique on some cornerstone blocks in her quilt. She has some experience with all-over meandering, but none on freeform quilting or ruler work.
I’m excited and nervous (omg, I’ll need to make sure my bathroom is spic and span!!) about doing this. While I teach a software course and am one of less than 40 in the nation to have achieved an instructor certification from Autodesk in that program, teaching a quilting class is somewhat different! If I keep doing these types of “quilting retreats”, I think Ed’s going to have to build on to the house!