|Gus doing his tree frog imitation at the Flight |
on Ice tournament in Newark, DE.
The Sharks brought home Silver Medals,
a great way to end their season!
And on the weekends he didn't play... let me just say we are gluttons for punishment. March 9th - not a hockey weekend - instead we drove 12 hours each way to hear Trans Siberian Orchestra in concert - this is the last year they are planning to tour Beethoven's Last Night, which is my favorite of their CDs, so it was a great excuse to visit family and celebrate Sean's 1st birthday.
|Ronny Munro singing as Mephistopheles|
The energy in BLN is different from that in the Winter Tour (which we've seen 5 times now), but equally great. There were less than 1,500 people at the show in Tallahassee, so the line to meet the band afterwards was shorter, and the band seemed more relaxed. We had a great time chatting. I think there is a TSO inspired quilt somewhere in my future.
Two weeks ago, the Durham Orange Quilt Guild brought Melody Crust in as our speaker. During the days prior to our guild meeting, Melody gave three classes. I was able to attend two of them - Simple Surfaces and Its a Fine Line. I would love to have taken her binding class on Monday as well, but I do have to go to work...
I took Simple Surfaces in hopes of demystifying some of the techniques for adding embellishment to quilt tops. The morning was spent learning to apply foil and playing with different stencils and techniques. I got the best coverage using fusible web. The most interesting using a toothbrush to apply the glue and probably need to be more patient about letting the glue dry before applying the foil to get better coverage using straight glue. The hairdryers got a lot of work that day. The afternoon was spent with paint sticks - not remembering which colors I purchased a few years back when a quilt store went out of business, and not knowing where they were to send Mike on the hunt to tell me what they were, I chose the primary colors set... and then had fun blending. I was quite surprised by the results in the end - and while I don't think this will be a go-to technique for me, it is nice to have hands on experience playing with in my arsenal.
On Sunday we brought in quilt tops to share and brain storm quilt designs. Because of the smaller class size, we were each able to discuss three quilt tops. I brought in the Irish Chain, Gus's Dragon quilt and the Dr. Seuss Log Cabin. In deciding how to quilt each top, there are several basic questions to explore:
- Machine or Hand quilting (machine)
- Skill of Quilter (rank beginner here)
- Purpose of Quilt (gift, baby, competition, keep)
- Time constraints
The kit we purchased was a clear mylar sheet and a wet erase marker so that we can audition quilt designs easily. Before pulling out our quilts, Melody passed out fabric swatches and asked us to develop quilting ideas for those fabrics. Definitely challenging, and a good way to start thinking outside the box.