I am back from a wonderful week of catching up with good friends, sewing with some very talented instructors and doing some excellent shopping. It is wonderful to get away--a rare event for me--but even better to come home and start playing with the new ideas and materials I acquired on the trip.
I learned some terrific new machine applique techniques from Kim Diehl, a designer I have admired for years. She does not teach all that often, so I was thrilled to sign up for two classes with her. The photo above is my first effort using her methods, done in class.
Here is Kim, being introduced to the class. She was very sweet and fun, but also a good teacher. I have several of her books and have made one of her quilts, but having her right there in front of me was such an amazing learning experience. I am really looking forward to doing a lot more of her projects, both applique and piecework.
Here are some of the small quilts she brought with her to show to the class. Fatquartershop.com is offering a Block of the Month Club featuring Kim's projects. It is called Simple What Nots Club, and consists of six months of kits to make her mini quilts. If you are a fan of her work, you might love making these little quilts.