Last Friday, my mom and I stumbled on a wonderful quilt shop. We spent 3 hours there last week, just browsing fabric and patterns and feeling like we could solve all the world's problems if we could just get to our sewing machines fast enough.
But the funny thing is, we're novices. In fact, my mom's sewing machine has only come out of the box because I used it one time. And I can't seem to finish any sewing project I start because I get stuck on some how-to detail.
Lucky for us, this quilt shop was going to be having an open house this weekend to kick-off their next round of classes. So, mom and I went back today to sign up (and to try, once again, to hold ourselves back from buying one of everything). I signed up for a 6-week beginners patchwork and quilting course, beginning rotary cutting, intro to machine quilting, intro to hand quilting (what can I say...I want it all), a class for making a Christmas tree skirt, and there are a few other courses I circled that I might just sign up for once I see how for I can get with these few. It's probably a lot to start with. But, I'm excited. For those of you who may not be familiar with this kind of thing (I certainly wasn't), every course mentioned, aside from the 6-week course, is just one evening or block of time on a Saturday. And, a few of these my mom and I will do together. Sweet.
So, stay tuned! I'm going to be learning lots of new skillz and I will dazzle you all with the fun things I learn. I'm hoping that at the very least, these classes give me more confidence with sewing, not just quilting, and that I learn skills that will allow me to be a more fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants crafter...because for right now, I'm pretty much tied to patterns and step-by-step, could-you-please-show-me-a-picture-of-what-you-mean instructions.
Oh, and, for those of you who might be in Utah (ARE any of you in Utah?!?) the quilt shop is called Quilt, Etc and is on 8700-ish South State St. You should go there. After 5 minutes browsing there, I swore off Joanne's as my fabric resource. Hallelujah. And, if any of you ARE in Utah and are interested in taking a course - sign up! Maybe I'll see you there!