Wow, what a week in my studio. It was full of both frustrations and accomplishments. So I thought the picture above, which is something resulting from one of my playful edits in one of my digital art software programs seems about right. LOL
So anyway, this week I realized I am only a few weeks away from my first quilted art workshop at G Street Fabrics in Rockville Maryland. April 12th! Yikes! It’s almost here and I’m not ready! Well, I know what I’m going to teach, because I have given this class once before, and I have the kits figured out…but I frantically found the bag I had left over from the last class to see if I have enough pieces to make any kits at all for the class. I put together five finished ones ready for use, three that are partially finished, and I need ten altogether. Yes, it’s just a little class of not more than eight students and not less than three. Sew I make ten kits..eight for the students, one for me to use in demonstration, and one for oopsies.
A frantic text to my friend Mei-Ling, who is the Bernina dealer there and with whom I am running the class, solved the problem of missing pieces. She has the thread. She has the needles. I shopped my stash and found I have the fabric. I can print off the handouts. SO all I need now is time. Well, in truth, I can do all the things I have left to do for workshop 1 in one day. I’ll tackle that early next week. And then I must put together kits for 2, 3, and 4, but they are less difficult and take less time.
There is also the Easter banner my friend Anita and I are making for the church. It seemed to be progressing very slowly for a while, and I was feeling a little frustrated, but yesterday we got the main top or front together and it is looking fabulous. We just need to stitch down the embroideries, which are large sets of lilies I edited from an old design and stitched out in the hoop. There are two sets and each set took about five hours to stitch out, but they look really good. There were some odd skips of stitching and missed outlines, probably resulting from the wrong setting on pull compensation and other editing errors on my part, but I took them to the machine and free motion stitched the repairs and corrections…so they look great. We have them glue-basted on to the banner and all we have to do is zig zag them on with monopoly. The cross, the lamb, and the little applqued banner at the top are all on. And yes, I will be taking pictures and posting them here for you to see.
So I have been trying to solve the problems related to making instructional videos for posting on YouTube and to give a little taste of some of the things in my Bernina V8 book, Twelve Skill-Building Projects for Bernina V8. I also want to develop a series of videos on quilting using both my Bernina Q20 sitdown longarm and my Bernina domestic machines.
So I had first to learn to use the software…that was and is a challenge. But I have succeeded in making several test videos now. Then I couldn’t get the software to connect to my microphone, but today, I finally figured out where to find the setting on my computer to allow this to happen. Eureka!
The first voiced video showing how to take a simple design and turn it into a really pretty wreath design on Bernina V8 is really quite funny, I am thinking I will leave in all my mistakes and backups and fixes along the way because it shows how to overcome things and is much more amusing too. In the end I managed to crash my computer and will have to take it up again and edit the pieces together. Gosh I wonder how hard it is to add additional RAM (random access memory), which is what I need to not crash the computer. I thought I had plenty in my current machine, but when it gets into making videos coupled with advanced software like Bernina, it isn’t quite enough. Oh sigh.
Anyway, when I finish this first demo I will put a link here so you can find it if you are interested. Even if you don’t have Bernina software you may find it funny enough to watch it.
Sew now I’m going to work on the sample for my fourth workshop, which is on ruler work with a sitdown machine.
I am so looking forward to getting the workshops prepared, the Easter banner done, and getting back to making quilts.
Sew happy everyone! Stay tuned for future videos. Also, would you like a podcast about once every couple of weeks? I think it would probably be just me talking to you, but once in a while might include a guest? Let me know.