Thursday, August 26, 2010
Close to Nowhere
My boon friend and traveling companion Jane and I headed out to Jackson, Tenn., last Friday for an all day class with Kaye England.
Kaye is a superstar in the quilt world, even though you probably don’t recognize her name.
Genell, from our quilt guild in Oxford, discovered the class at Sew Many Ideas, a quilt store in Jackson, and she, along with a couple of her friends, met us there.
It was such a good day! Kaye talked and taught us all about precision piecing.
Yes, she had some rulers for sale, but you didn’t have to buy them for the class -- and yes, we all bought some! But they’re great rulers! And proceeds went to Kaye’s “part” of breast cancer research -- a subject near and dear to her, after her mom died of breast cancer.
Being a fabriholic, it was almost impossible not to buy fabric at the store. But Kaye kept us busy most of the day and by 5 p.m., we were mostly too tired to shop for fabric. (And that’s tired for a quilter!)
The following Saturday, Genell, who lives in Sardis, was teaching her own quilting class at our guild.
She’s a world class paper piecer and our class was on the “New York Beauty” quilt pattern, which has lots of points -- which are almost impossible if you’re not paper piecing.
Since I’d only recently discovered paper piecing, I was really excited about the class.
Margie Jones, of Holly Springs, also a member of the guild in Oxford, had a program several months ago on paper piecing. She highly recommended these “add-a-quarter” rulers. Yes, I bought some! But she explained the paper piecing so well (she is a world class quilter!) that I thought “I can do that!”
And you know what? After a Thursday morning session at the “Loose Threads” sewing day where Margie came and walked me (very patiently I might add) through the ins and outs of paper piecing, I was ready for Genell’s class!
Margie and Mimi Alef, an award-winning world class quilter from our guild, were at Genell’s class Saturday, to help us out and prop Genell up -- she’d never taught a quilting class before.
It was the best day! And I spent all day Sunday making New York Beauty blocks! I might actually finish a lap quilt!
• If you remember Jason Maddox, former news reporter for The South Reporter -- Genell is his aunt. Jason and Sally are happily married and he’s working at The Panolian in Batesville.
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