A Weekend in Leamington, Ontario
The giant tomato greets visitors to Leamington in front of the municipal buildings. Everybody loves a ladies night out at their local quilt shop and I was pleased to have been the featured speaker this November at a A Stitch In Time quilt shop in the Tomato capital of the world – Leamington, Ontario. The following day I taught a bag sewing class for Homeward Bound.
My Lecture, Developing the Designer in You
Fourty-three exuberant attendees piled into the shop that Friday evening for an hour and a half presentation by yours truly. People came from near and far, with some having traveled quite a distance to be part of the evening and to take the class the following day. The evening started off with a vast spread of delicious appetizers made by stellar cook and owner of the store, Mary Beth Sharpe. Then it was time for the show! Over 60 quilts, bags, table runners and other articles I have created were part of my lecture called Developing the Designer in You.
Dina Gignac brought in two Everything Goes Bags to show off. Here she is with her Canadian-themed one.
Shopping was brisk afterwards as Mary Beth was offering an enticing discount for this special night. There were lots of laughs, good times and smiles. Recipes and bags made in the past were shared too!
The Homeward Bound Class
Saturday found nine eager sewists in the class ready to take on the Homeward Bound Bag. This beautiful bag has a zippered top, a hidden front pocket, bag feet and all kinds of lovely detail. By lunch time the outer bag was just about finished!
I like to make a bag along with the class so the gals can see exactly how it’s done in real time. For this class I brought along my sister-in-law Kathy Wodrich to work with me on the demo bag. I would show a bit of the technique, and then let Kathy finish the step while I assisted the students. She’s never made a bag before and had never used my Baby-Lock Unity sewing machine and was doing a lovely job.
By the end of class the gals were just about at end of the project and knew how to finish off the last bits when they got home. With a variety of pattern and color used, everybody now has a one of a kind bag to enjoy in 2018! Thanks to Mary Beth, the gals in the class and to Kathy for helping out – your gals rock!