While I drove, I had a lot of quiet time, something I don't always get at home with a rowdy husband and two energetic boys. Along the drive, I pondered my quilting life, where my love of hand-made projects came from (my mother), the quilts I've made and plan to make in the future, and even how to make my mom's own crafty projects endure long into the future, even though she passed away a little over a year ago. It was a great drive.
|MSQC mural -- I arrived!!|
Around 1:00, I made it to Hamilton, Missouri, home of Missouri Star Quilt Company. I had nothing to do the rest of the day but shop. (What a hardship, amiright?) I went from store to store...to store. (If you've never been to MSQC, there are 12 different stores featuring a specialty of one type or another: from the holiday shop for holiday specific fabric, to a backing store, to notions, to licensed fabrics...you get the idea. They have a little bit (okay, a lot) of everything. I highly recommend making a visit if your time and budget allow!) I had a shopping list and was able to get just about everything on it. And then some. I found so many fun fabrics and was inspired to do a ton of new projects. My budget is still cringing a bit, but I should have enough fabric to hold me over for at least a month or two. Ha-ha. Once I was done shopping, I made my way to my hotel for the night.
The next day was my workshop with Sue Daley. (The original reason for my trip.) Sue Daley is an accomplished English paper piecing quilter from Australia. If Jenny Doan's YouTube videos introduced me to the basics of quilting, Sue Daley was responsible for teaching me the how-to's of English paper piecing. It was an absolute honor to take part in her class. The workshop was on the basics of EPP (never hurts to have a refresher!) and a chance to do one of her EPP kits.
|Sue's project using the Play With Paper starter pack #5.|
|Add this pattern to my quilting bucket list:|
Sue Daley's Quatro Colour Quilt
|Jenny Doan and Sue Daley with the|
Quatro Colour Quilt. Totally made my day!
|Feeding my EPP addiction|
|The Mark Twain riverboat on the Mississippi|
|Lighthouse on the hill|