Today I started a new workshop for Breaking the Drought - a quilt originally commissioned by Janome to demonstrate the 6500 sewing machine. This quilt has travelled more than me and now I am teaching it as a workshop.
First we embellished the fabrics using a variety of embroidery, couching and applique techniques.
This was the first time many of the students had ventured beyond the basics of their machines and after intial hesitation the machines were whirring away happily. Many students were travelling well outside their comfort zones in terms of techniques and colours but they certainly seemd to enjoy themselves.
So many braids - which one to choose
Ahhh - is that what couching is!
Here are some pieces of the fabric groups at the end of the day
Next class we will piece the tops and start some free motion quilting. Should be fun!