Monday, November 3, 2014

A Very Special House Guest

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,


Janan said...

How wonderfully amazing that you had such a talented house guest! And I am sure you were the perfect hostess! The first time I went to Paducah, Mrs. Nayor quilt "Lime Light" won the Best of Show. Simply amazing quilting designs. I am sure you learned a lot that you will apply to your quilting, and hopefullt "share" with us.

Karen said...

I am not familiar with your guest teacher but need to look at her work.

Is the Juki the machine you won?

QuiltSue said...

She is a brilliant teacher, and a lovely person. I have taken several of her workshops and I always come away with loads of new ideas and techniques.

FlourishingPalms said...

What a great time you had! I can only imagine how thrilling it was to have Phillipa to yourself, and to take her classes. So are you saying that "doodle" she did, with variegated thread, is free motion quilting? I'm giggling that she taught you how to bury threads. Did you use a self-threading needle? I've been thread-burying a lot this week, so I guess that means my piece is complicated! Have to say that I prefer to do it as I go, though. The messiness of threads gets to me. By the way, I count thread-burying as "quilting time."

Ruth said...

Wow! What an opportunity! I love the quilting designs and your mctavishing looks great!

Ruth said...

Wow! What an opportunity! I love the quilting designs and your mctavishing looks great!

Ruth said...

Wow! What an opportunity! I love the quilting designs and your mctavishing looks great!

Mdm Samm said...

what lovely work, i can see why you are so inspired by her