I'm so thankful that last year I just jumped in with both feet and began needleturn appliqué with Mary. Her teaching style fit me to a "T".
Now a year is past, and I have tried to follow her motto, "Applique Every Day". I'm a calmer, more balanced person when I do squeeze in time to appliqué everyday, even if I can only put in a few stitches.
Painting with fabric in this year has refreshed my artistic taste buds.
This weekend, I reunited with needle and fabric. It had been over a month since I had spent any quality time with any of my Block of the Month Quilt Projects.
Would you believe, I had temporarily lost my "feel" ...rhythm ...tempo ...for applique?
It's the same way with my sculpture. If I am prevented from creating something new on a regular basis, the process of "getting my groove back" for sculpture is like discovering the joy of the art form...again...and again...and again.
I learned so much from Mary Sorensen, and I hope to take another class from her just to follow up on what I learned in those two blissful days in July, 2006.
But wait, I already have Mary's patterns for her Baltimore Album Baskets. (fourth photo) And I just discovered she has now published period-inspired wreath and pictorial patterns in that Baltimore Album Tribute section!
That whole Baltimore Tribute Quilt is divine! I've gotta do that one as well!
How do you do it, Mary? When do you sleep?
The last photo in this post is my current Quilt Treasure Hunt. One of the participants in Mary's needleturn applique class had made this gorgeous quilt from one of Mary's patterns published in a quilt magazine "a few years back".
Can you help me find the magazine in which this quilt pattern appeared? I don't even know the name of the quilt magazine.
I'm also looking for Mary's Beauty Everlasting quilt pattern. Was it published in a magazine also?
Hopefully one of my classmates can help me identify the lovely lady standing by the quilt she made (with which she won awards). She is a member of the MQA, but she lives in another state.
I carried my current applique block around with me all day, along with that cute little organizer tote for all my sewing supplies. Alas, my chubby little fingers were too tired from sculpting something new in porcelain today to allow me to sculpt in fabric tonight!
It is a wonderful problem to have, and I AM very, very thankful!
---Once again I have prattled away about Mary Sorensen, and I STILL have not talked about her special needles and stem tool! I would find it hard to exist without these two items!
---Nor have I talked about Mary's SEVEN quilts that were stolen outside of a quilt show! It sounds naive, but I never dreamed there were targeted thefts of quilts! There are whole websites dedicated to posting photos of stolen quilts. The recovery stories are fantastic!