Two weeks ago, I had the extreme pleasure of hosting one of the sweetest people ever. She also happens to be an incredible quilter. Philippa Naylor came to Pensacola, FL from Yorkshire, England (by way of Houston) to do 3 workshops for our Guild prior to her teaching schedule in Houston.
I have been a huge, HUGE fan of Philippa's since I first found her book in 2009. I read her book cover to cover and then made a quilt using techniques from the book and posted about it here.
Can you just see the sweetness in that smile?? She stayed at my house for 4 days and we had the best time. I still kind of pinch myself that it really happened. It was a dream come true. I was able to take the whole week off work and took all 3 of her workshops. If you ever get the chance to meet her and take one of her classes, do it. She is amazing.
This is her new book she debuted at Market last week - it's incredible. We learned so many of the techniques from the book and I can only say my brain hurt when we were all finished! She is an amazing teacher (and we could all listen to that English accent all day LOL),
I'm still getting used to my new Juki, but found that it did really well in the machine applique department.
Philippa had so many samples there. We learned how to make these wavy strips - so cool!
After appliquing a simple circle on with a satin stitch, Philippa took it to a whole new level.
Every piece was perfection.
There were so many ideas to try. This variegated thread worked so well in these samples.
These were just her doodles!! I could only hope that some day I could attain this control.
I had a project ready to go and so I was able to try out some of my new skills and practice my machine applique and some detail machine quilting. But I must say that one of the biggest things I've learned is to bury my threads - shout out to Linda H. :)! Philippa said to tell yourself it's your most favorite part and embrace it. The more threads you bury the more complicated your piece is.....I'm trying and honestly it's really not that bad.
Here is my first attempt at McTavishing. What I find most interesting about this method, is that it really is like a signature. While it's the same technique, every person does it a little different. I'm learning but for my first try I'm pleased.
There's been a lot going on around here, but it's now time to go bury threads :).
Have a great day,