I am just like a proud mama. I love, love, love when students in my classes send me photos of things they’ve done. Maybe I should say, “like a proud papa.” I didn’t do the work. Hey, now, don’t get after me for that. Any woman who has ever given birth will agree that it’s true. But any man who has lived with a pregnant woman might disagree. My husband would. But I digress. I am proud and here’s why.
You all know I have bragged on Phyllis Arnett before, lots of times. She and I first met at MQX two years ago. She has quilted some things for me and done a beautiful job. Truth is, she does a better job than my quilts really deserve, but she gives them life. I also enjoy Phyllis’s wit, her sarcasm, and her…let’s just say her outlook on life! She is also one of my very best cheerleaders, encouraging me to do things I think I can’t. What’s not to love, huh?
You might know that I taught a couple of classes at this year’s MQX: Dealing with the Past, and The Road to Appraiserhood. In Dealing with the Past, we talked about how to make sure things are ready to be put on a longarm frame, from repairs to cleaning to how to quilt. Phyllis brought a top to talk about while we were there: a 1940s Grandmother’s Flower Garden that was just a little (or a lot) the worse for wear. Yesterday, she sent me photos of it all repaired and quilted. I wanted to share her work with you. She took what she learned and ran with it. I think she more than did that top justice.
The photo above was taken, obviously, when the quilt went on the frame. Phyllis had already done extensive repair and strengthening work to get it ready. You can’t see those thin and shredding fabrics anymore at all. I wish I had taken a photo of the top when she brought it to class. You’ll have to take my word for it that it was just kind of sad.
Phyllis chose to quilt this one with continuous curves, point to point, on each of the hexagons. We had talked about this in class and I, for one, thought it was going to be a tremendous amount of work. I was looking at an unrepaired top too, remember. I was seeing some serious tedium in Phyllis’s future. Those hexagons are pretty small and it was in rough shape. There was no way the owner was going to be able to use it though, and she had brought it to Phyllis to finish. And just look at it now. Phyllis did herself proud. I think it’s safe to say that the owner is going to be able to enjoy this family piece for a long, long time.
Can you see why I am so proud of Phyllis? She took what she learned and put it into practice, and did a terrific job of it.
What do you think? Don’t you agree that it’s wonderful?
**If you’re interested in having me come teach Dealing with the Past or any of my other classes at your guild, or do appraisals at your show, check out my lecture and workshop pages and give me a holler!**