Sarah Ann Smith - author of ThreadWork Unraveled. She is the invited speaker at our Guild meeting this month and is giving two workshops over the weekend. Saturday was Tame Fiddly, Fussy Threads for Machine Quilting and Sunday/Monday is Quilting Design (which unfortunately because it is a 1.5 day class, I'm not able to attend).
I also learned a new cutting technique. Using an 18 mm rotary cutter with the end tucked in my right palm, with my left index finger resting on the cutter above the blade to act as a break, it is possible to smoothly cut the stencils. Clearly a picture would make more sense here, but that will have to wait a bit.
Thread breaks can also be a function of using the wrong size needle with the chosen thread. We reviewed the types of needs - Quilting, Ballpoint, Universal, Sharp, Topstitch etc. Blown up on a large screen it is much easier to see the difference in the size of the eye.
Driving to class, just past the "point of no return" in terms of being able to turn back and get forgotten items from class, I realized that I didn't pack extra bobbin (inspiring me for future classes to make up a class kit with sewing basics), so I wound our bobbin threads in small amounts onto my one bobbin and tried to use them up - thus the extensive testing on my sample square. I also tried out some leaf motifs. Finally, I had to bite the bullet and push past my fear of not being perfect and start stitching.
I will outline and embellish the green leaves with blue thread and then add some leaves with the variegated thread and probably background quilt a bit with black. Bobbin thread is polyester as that plays better in the sandbox with the glitter and metallic threads.