Monday, June 7, 2021

One Great Weekend

 I have wanted to take a class from quilter Heidi Parkes for years. But either she was teaching when I was working or she was teaching far away. She's based in Milwaukee, so I was looking for a local opportunity.

And I got one this past weekend. Heidi did a two-day workshop in Cedarburg, an adorable little town north of Milwaukee -- less than 2 hours from my house.

First, Heidi is an amazing teacher. As you can see, her quilts are very freeform and unique.

I love discovering indie coffee shops when I travel -- and Cedarburg has two. Sunday morning I had a lovely latte while I furiously embroidered so I'd be ready for the day. The coffee cup embroidery is from a photo of a latte in Riga. I don't call myself Caffeine Girl for nothing.

Heidi's class was quite challenging, and I really struggled. She pointed out that I chose a difficult palette. I haven't sewn any of the blocks together, so I may have to make some major changes.

It was the friendliest group I've ever taken a class with. Everyone shared supplies and tools. There were no cliques. We are going to try to get together in the fall to hang out in Cedarburg and show our finished quilts.

It felt like the beginning of retirement, even though I have 5 more work days.


xx

15 comments:

  1. What a wonderful surprise for you to go to the class--looks like a wonderful time. Your work is good and it will come together--just add more! lol

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  2. That sounds like the perfect weekend! How wonderful to get all that inspiration from everyone around you. It's what I miss most about not getting out to any fiber festivals. I didn't realize until this year how much they recharge my batteries. I am running on empty right now.

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  3. What fun! Back in the day...decades ago...I took a number of cross stitch and hardanger classes. I miss that a lot. I'm so glad you could find this class close by. and now...just 4 days...YAY!!!

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  4. I love the colors you are using with all the handwork — crochet and embroidery. I think your project will be gorgeous when you finish it. It’s fun to take classes that challenge our skills.

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  5. Perfect timing for that class! (I've actuallly been to Cedarburg but not for a long time.) Love your quilt blocks, especially the coffee ones. The flexibility of retirement can't be beat!

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  6. That sounds wonderful. I think you are really going to enjoy retirement. You are going to wonder how you ever found time to work. LOL

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  7. That sounds like it would have been a fun class to take - I'm glad things worked out for you to be able to go.

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  8. how exciting to have a dream come true!!!

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  9. What a great class experience! I just love Heidi Parkes, and how COOL that you were able to join an actual, LIVE, in-person class with her. That's just so awesome. . .

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  10. That sounds like so much fun! I love Cedarburg; haven't been there for years.

    What makes your palette difficult? I think it's delightful. The upper left block in the photo shows how well those colors work together. Maybe it's just a question of finding the right balance and arrangement.

    Happy last few days of work!

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  11. My SIL lives in Cedarburg and I just love it so much. So glad you were able to celebrate retirement in style with a wonderful class. So happy you had a wonderful time.

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  12. How wonderful! I have quilts on my mind so much these days. Taking a class, stretching my skills, sounds like a great retirement plan.

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  13. That means you must be done now! Happy retirement! The quilt class looks lovely and your embroidery is perfect.

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  14. The quilting class looks like it was fun. How nice that the class members had a spirit of cooperation. Your quilt looks great to me. Local coffee shops are very fun.

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  15. FIVE more days. Im so excited for you and for Kim, in Oregon! I am thrilled that the quilting class was worth everyone of your hard earned pennies and people were delightful

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