Monday, May 4, 2009

the retreat was a success

the reason i was not posting anything was because i was trying to complete everything before the retreat and not tell you that i was one of the instructor for the retreat. i taught the thread play class, it went well and i was scared sh@tless.
the classes that i took, i kept messing up. i was doing everything wrong. in the picture piecing class i had to color code a floral picture to correspond with my fabric and i was coloring the picture and color coding with the color of the pencils and not the fabric. and their were a lot of tiny pieces. i had to start all over. in the needlepoint class, i was stitching the word love and the L was in the right place the O was up to high, the V was to low and looked like a U and the E, i don't know if it was trying to be a E or a fancy C. i should have wrote the word on the fabric and not try to do it free hand. i gave up and decided to to work on an unfinished vest that i found while i was looking for ugly fabric to auction off at the retreat. i kept changing color threads to top stitch the vest, so i just put that to the side. but after i did my class, i was able to come back and correct some of the things that i had done wrong in the other classes that i had taken.
my class went very well. there were a couple of people who were more advance than others and then their were some that i had to go slow with. my brake down of how to show the class how to do something, i was told i did very well explaining. there was one student who took my handout and follow the instruction by herself without waiting and only asked me one question. she completed the practice sheet in less than a hour and the class was four hours. she didn't do the final project, but she asked if she could leave because she had something else to do and she said that she has the basic and that if she had any problems she could ask me later. she said the class was great. by her completing the handout it showed that the handout was easy to understand. which i was afraid that someone might not understand what i was trying to explain. so i am glad about that because other students stated the same thing to me.
also at the retreat we showed our story quilt that we had a year to work on. i did two story quilts. one was about slavery and the other story quilt was about my childhood. all of the story quilts were great. some of the story's were very personal, some sad, some happy, some about people they admire, and some political. one of the story quilt was a jacket.

here are some pictures of the two story quilts that i did.

i will come back later to tell you more about the retreat and what i have been working on.


Karoda said...

girrlll, i just finished reading a book on slave routes throug Ghana and just started another book about the slave trade so your one quilt is resonating with me...i'm reviewing them at my book blog, My Eyes Have Seen the Coming of the Word...the link can be found in the side bar at Seamless Skin.

Sometimes I wish I could be on a permanent quilt retreat hehehehe...glad it went well!

yetunde said...

i order the book on audible "the slave ship" i know i am going to like it.

Grace said...

Cool beans that you got to teach at a retreat. Were you nervous? I have always taught classes at a quilt shop (not any more) and have been asked to teach a retreat workshop in September on making journals. Boy am I nervous.

Somehow (and only in my head mind you) it would seem different that teaching in a classroom. Guess I can hightail it out of a classroom lickety split but I'm kinda stuck at a retreat if things don't go well. I know, I know...too much drama going on!

Love the story quilts...very expressive.

yetunde said...

girl, my stomach doing flips. but half way through, i knew i had this, it went well.

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