Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pam Buda Class

I spent seven hours in a Pam Buda class yesterday, along with 25 other eager students and had SUCH a good time! It's been years and years since I took a quilt class and I had forgotten how much fun it could be!  


I met up with my friend Janet - of Rogue Quilter fame - and her friend Kim. 

Janet spoiled me rotten and gave me two more paper pieced ornaments for a birthday gift. These things are SO tiny - only 2" square!. She also gave me two bars of her delicious smelling handmade soaps that smell good enough to eat! LOL

And my table mate is a new friend from Idaho - we clicked immediately and I felt like I had known her for years (hi Jami!)

Pam taught us two different ways to make flying geese units, two different ways to make quarter square triangles and several other methods  -  plus shared some great products with us. Most everyone finished making the center blocks for their quilt project and they were displayed all together at the front of the room at the end of the day. So many fun color combinations. Mine is in the top right corner of the board and I switched up the project by using black for the background instead of a light fabric. I had to always double check to see if I was getting the color placement right and only had to use a seam ripper once....

I don't ever remember the teacher giving gifts to the students before, but each of us received a darling tote bag from Pam.....

......and one of her patterns as well! Wow!



A delicious lunch was provided - along with dessert and snacks on each table. Mmmm. The staff at Village Dry Goods gifted everyone with a mug & liner for storing and organizing your tools - like pencils, seam rippers, scissors - whatever - so cute! I felt spoiled!

I loved walking around the room to see what treasures I could spot. This button covered journal was just darling - I believe she bought it at Target awhile ago.

Janet made one of her tiny little paper pieced quilt blocks into a darling pincushion.

I've seen these design boards before - great for laying out your blocks and taking them to the machine to sew - but this gal had used colorful duct tape on the one in back to finish the edges up - so cute!

One gal was wearing a darling vest that she bought on sale at Christopher & Banks. The fabric looks just like a penny rug, huh? 

She even embellished it a bit by stitching a REAL wool penny here and there across the surface. Unfortunately, it's not available in the store or on their website anymore, but I did find a size medium listed on eBay if anyone's interested.

Fran had the cutest purse made from a wool Army blanket that had wool flowers appliqued to one side - the leather straps were very sturdy and added a lot to the look of the piece.


This class is a yearly event and I think I might be hooked on attending from now on! Today I'm hoping to finish making the rest of the quilt top and I'm looking forward to spending more quality time with my sewing machine....

15 comments:

Doniene said...

Okay, now I AM GREEN WITH ENVY - what a wonderful time with wonderful friends at a wonderful shop with a wonderful teacher!! Sooooooo happy for you!! Thanks for sharing all the goodies!! Felt like I was almost there!!!

Blessings and hugs!

audrey said...

Looks like sooo much fun! Wonderful to learn and spend time with others equally as interested in quilting as you! LOVE the wool army bag--so fabulous.

Kyle said...

It makes me want to take a class too!

Sue SA said...

I want to take this class!! How nice to make new friends and meet old ones, plus get multiple presents! WHat a fun day, looking forward to seeing the quilt progress :)

Me and My Stitches said...

So glad you had a great time! I LOVE your block with the black for background - awesome idea.

Kindred Quilts said...

Lots of goodies from this class... such good times! I'm with Julie... love the black background in your block! I was trying to guess which one is Janet's... top row far left, or third row second from the right... am I close???

Janet O. said...

It was fun, wasn't it? They really took good care of us. It was fun to have you there, and you and Jami really did seem to hit it off. Fun to find kindred spirits like that.
Now, how would Kathy have been able to pick mine out? I still love your black background best. Wish I had thought of it--but I'm sure I would have had to unpick multiple times.
I'll be sending you some pictures when I get them downloaded.

The Wool Cupboard said...

So happy you had such a good time, Gayle...a day away focusing on something you are passionate about with like-minded people - what's not to love? Wonderful goodies, too!

Hugs, Linda

Three Sheep Studio said...

Sounds like a whole lot of pampering going on !!
Who doesn't like to be lavished on ?!
Looks like you had a great time ;)
Rose

Karen said...

What a delightful day. I have not taken a class in many, many years. You were treated well at this one. I like the pin cushion Janet made. And, of course, her tiny ornaments. And you made a good start on a quilt. I like.

Sarah said...

Looks like tins of fun. Makes me wish I were a quilter. Sarah

Lori said...

What a fun class! And top it off with food, gifts and fellowship! A perfect combination!!

Raewyn said...

Lucky you, it looks like you are having a fabulous time!!

Mary said...

Nice Way to RETREAT! Food Provided is a PLUS! Nice variation of the Block by just changing background color. I came over from Janet O's Blog. She shared her Soap and Pineapples with me too. Happy Birthday!

Missie of Traditional Primitives (formerly Hallbrook Designs) said...

Looks like such fun! I'm sorry I have missed your recent posts. Time to catch up now!