Saturday, October 19, 2013

More Randomness

I wrapped up last week by teaching an all-day free motion quilting workshop, through The LifeLong Learning College, with these lovely women. Four of them are in the same Quilting Guild of The Villages chapter I am. They only protested a little when I asked them to hold up their practice sandwiches for this picture.

What you can't see in the above picture is this practice piece by Tina. What a great sense of humor!

No matter what she wrote there, I have a strong feeling she's going to take to fmqing, as will everyone in this group.

At the end of a fmq workshop, quilters share their quilt top(s) so we can talk about possible quilting designs. Karen's table runner was fair game for trying out several designs, using an acrylic sheet overlay and dry erase markers.

On Saturday, the weather was so beautiful that we decided to golf cart on all our errands. This lovely tunnel of live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss, was the prettiest section of the multimodal path.

At one point we stopped the cart to take this photo. This plum-colored grass is so pretty, I had my picture taken with it.

It's very rare that we eat at a restaurant, but on our way back home, we decided to stop at Lighthouse Point, a restaurant with outdoor seating on Lake Sumter. Look who meandered past during our lunch.

We'd heard of this fella, but in 16 months of living here hadn't yet had the pleasure of seeing him. This sight will keep me for a long time.

On the home front, I'm digging into my Riley Blake Challenge project. In an unusual occurrence for me, I actually had two ideas! I settled on the one that involves lots of small round pieces. They're machine-sewn, with plain white on the back, then turned inside out.

"That's totally tubular." (Meaning: Very cool. Rad.) I say, "That's totally circular!"  Ha!



Val Laird said...

Wish I could attend one of your FMQing classes! When are you coming to Australia again????

Susan said...

Those fluffy pink grasses are very popular her in Australian gardens. If I was a gardener I might know its name!

Oops-Lah said...

Your FMQ class ladies look like they enjoyed their class. Loved the "help me" stitching. Did you find any S.O.S. in there as well? Not that I'm an expert, but I always say to people that FMQ mostly practice. Maybe some people have more talent (like you) but I think everybody can get to a decent level if they give it a chance with lots of practice. Don't you agree? You look great by the way in the plum coloured grass with your colour coordinated top.

Carla said...

I love that she quilted " help me!". You look lovely Linda. The picture of health.

Karen said...

How lucky these ladies were to have you for a teacher. Great picture of you, I'd say Florida agrees with you. :)

Kerry said...

Looks like you all had a great day FMQing. Lucky ladies in your area to have you as a resource.
Is that an Alligator swimming past?
I hope they're not dangerous.

Elyte said...

Always busy and always something interesting happening over your way.

SeeLifeMarvels said...

BIG alligator! The entire time we lived in central FL, the only one I saw was the one captured by Fish & Wildlife. Very cool you saw one swimming.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I usually feel like your "help me" student when I free motion. At least at the beginning and then it always gets better. : )

Unknown said...

Hope you still are doing a classes when i get there next week. Great picture's!

Julia said...

Love the FMQed "help"
Great post Linda ,
That grass is call a "Pink Pampass Grass" so pretty.

Dar said...

Your FMQ class looked like fun. Tell Tina that I feel like that all the time when I start free motioning on anything. You look so pretty sitting there in the pampas grass with my favorite color t-shirt. It's obvious you are in a warm climate. I haven't dressed like that any day this summer.
I love hot days, but our weather has been a bit cool here.

Carla said...

I will go out on a limb here and say that you are, most likely, the best free-motion teacher around, Linda. They are all so lucky to have you!

Lynette said...

Haha!! Radical, man. ;D And I really chuckled at Tina's plea in her FMQ. What a great idea to have the acrylic play time in a group. Wish I could tap into multiple minds like that here at the house. ;D

Sue said...

Lucky ladies in your class. I love the acrylic sheet and the marker pen. What a great idea.
You are looking very well Linda, and those crocs look dangerous!! :-)


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