Sunday, April 14, 2013
Yesterday I mentioned that I am off this week to a class taught by two of the Gee's Bend Quilters. One response I got was from a friend I have known since high school. When I replied to her, I practically wrote this blog post. I have edited it just a bit and embellished it some.
I have never been to a quilting class out of my home town. However, I have gone to this camp for art classes in the past. I am used to going to art classes where they tell you exactly what to bring. Typically it is a list that is at least a full page sometimes two and very specific. They tell you brand and colors of paint that you will need to have.
This class is a change for me. Here are the requirements for this class:
Bring your heart and mind and be ready for a good day's work! If you prefer to bring your own fabrics, please do. Mary Ann and China will have plenty for you if you do not. If you have a sewing machine and/or extension cord, please bring them. There will be a sewing machine for the class to take turns on. There will be a mixture of machine and hand stitching. A thimble and pair of scissors will also be helpful.
I am probably WAAAAY over-packed.
I have two bags of fabric, rotary cutter and mat, of course I am taking a sewing machine - and thinking I will take my Gidget table to put it on. I have an iron packed too. LOL.... I need to see if I have a thimble in my stuff. If not, I can stop at Hobby Lobby on my way to the camp.
Oh, the blue "American Heart Association" bag of fabric is for anyone in the class that wants it to use. Sharing is part of the fun of it, I think. Everything in the bag comes from my scraps I ironed them so they wouldn't look quite so bad. The ivory bag in the back is packed tight with fabric also. You can see the end of my cutting mat sticking out, but other than that it is fabric.
The trunk of my car will be very full once I get it all in there along with my suitcase, bedroll, pillow etc. And there are a few other supplies already in the trunk.
Now, you may think this is a lot to take. For art classes I have filled the trunk and the back seat with supplies and equipment. I feel like I am forgetting something important. But I am sure I have plenty.
This is called The Alabama Folk School. There will also be other classes going on. Some of them are Bluegrass music classes. Bluegrass comes from roots of Celtic and other music. So I am taking my penny whistle and hoping to get in on an evening jam session.
After I see how this goes, I may see if I can lobby to teach a quilting class there next year.