A highlight for me was the class on "Fancy Free Motion Feathers" with instructor Sue Nickels.
I had a big surprise just walking into the classroom. I knew that the local Bernina dealer was supplying machines for this class, which was great, since I wouldn't have to bring a machine with me all the way from Florida.
I was expecting one of their "entry level" machines
Like maybe this "2 series" machine.
I WAS WRONG
How about this one, instead:
This 750 Series Quilters Edition was all set up and waiting for me, along with about 20 others for the whole class! Wow! What fun to have a new state of the art machine for the day! And there were no worries about using an unfamiliar machine: a Bernina tech was there to thread the machine, insert bobbins, and do whatever else anyone needed. So all I had to do was step on the pedal and enjoy the ride.
Purchasing the book wasn't required for the class-- there were plenty of handouts. But I couldn't resist getting an autographed copy!
Then it was time for the students to learn how to trace the patterns onto our own sample pieces, and stitch them out.
My first fancy feathers! There are the feathers themselves, plus a little echo quilting around them, and small stippling to fill in the blank spots.
I messed around a little on my own during a break, and did some teardrop shapes, and TRIED to get a really small stipple.
The feathers were not very difficult but getting the stippling really small is going to take some practice. If everything is done correctly, the feathers really "pop" visually, and almost look stuffed, like trapunto.
Big thanks to Sue Nickels for a wonderful day of instruction and inspiration!