Within 1/2 hour I arrived at Emmaline's shop. E & E's Cloth and Creations is located in Newton, Ontario. A small village just west of Kitchener. A quilt lover's paradise with excellent prices on over 2000 bolts of quality quilting cottons, flannels, quilts and supplies. Emmaline has been in business for quite some time. As well as being the local Pfaff dealer, they built on an addition to their building and added the classroom. And recently acquired a long arm machine.
I was nervous at first. Feeling a little awkward. But as I was meeting and introducing myself to the participants, I was put at ease when one of them thought I was also one of the students. The class was a blast! I got to meet and make 4 new friends - Melanie, Margaret, Janice and Leslie.
Margaret was the first one to sign up for the class. She had the foresight to choose out her backing fabric ahead of time and will be using that same owl minky that I did here.
Melanie made the most progress on her quilt top, finishing the piecing of 9 rows out of the 12. She made such quick progress as she had developed her own way of doing things. Bravo! Gotta give that girl some credit. She finger pressed the seams and added her pieces onto the rows instead of pressing as she went.
Leslie - Oh, I was worried about her at first. She looked so unhappy piecing her first row. But then soon got the hang of those triangles and made quick work of the next three rows. Her piecing improved as she went along. Then joined those four rows together and was happy to see the quilt take shape.
Janice's choice of using greens for the background had me wanting to race home. Right then I decided that when I make this quilt again, I will be choosing some sweet greens for the background. It really did look that good! She was a thoughtful piecer and, wanting to have her different background fabrics placed in a particular order, she finished piecing her first two rows.
|Fox & Friend quilt in green
For the purpose of this post, I really regret not having asked to take photos during the class. But once things got going, I realized that what we were sharing that day was just for the moment. It was personal. And we connected. You will probably agree, having your picture taken is not always the most comfortable feeling. And I didn't want to ruin the good thing that we had going on.
Following the class, at the end of the afternoon, I spoke with Emmaline about our day. She applauded my efforts to overcome my feelings of anxiety in leading the class. I assured her that I may not have overcome the my feelings, but certainly had a wonderful time facing my fears and was glad to have made four new friends!
Would I do it again? YES!
Now... About those elephants.
This week I have managed to get all 5 of my large elephant blocks completed. And shared on instagram, photos of each block using some proposed ideas for eyes.
I also completed the 14 small elephant blocks....
The turtle block....
The frog block...
And the 2 bird blocks...
There are still 3 flower blocks to piece. And of course all the blocks displayed above still require eyes and a few other details. But I hope to have a completed top to post about soon!
There has been a lot of interest shown in this quilt along. And I am so happy about that! Looking forward to February 1st, when the official start of the quilt along begins. Thank you to each of you for sharing about the Elephant Parade quilt along on your blogs, for displaying the quilt along button, and for all your kind comments and support on instagram and facebook.
All of the fabric requirements, cutting instructions and the schedule are up on the Elephant Parade quilt along page. I have had a few people mention their intention to quilt along using prints instead of solids and I am especially looking forward to seeing all the different versions of this quilt as you post about them on your blogs or share them on social media. Please do remember to use the hashtag #elephantparadeqal so we can all see what everyone is up to as we Quilt Along!
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