I have been so busy with all the preparations for the retreats, I haven’t had much time to blog. The first week’s classes were just amazing. We talked and laughed and learned and quilted all week. They all just finished up yesterday and are now on their way home or on their way to visit the sites in the beautiful area. This last week was the beginner week and oh, my what a wonderful gathering of enthusiastic new longarm quilters. They were so thrilled with the projects they finished and all the other fabulous surprises during the retreat. It was so fun to see their confidence level swell over the three days. I feel so good about it because my goal is to make sure they know “if I can do it, they can do it.” Several of them are already planning to sign up and come back next year for the next progression of classes. The caterer I hired for the lunches and the dinner turned out to be way more than I expected – the food was DEEElicious! Many, many thanks again to GAMMILL for bringing all the machines so each student has their own machine to work on during the week.
Rick taught his tension class on Monday night and every single student commented on how much that helped them to understand how to work with their machine. Having that class before they begin sewing is a huge headstart. All of the machines were the new Vision 2 and we all so enjoyed learning about the new inn0vative technology. Sometimes I think students might be resistant to the new features, but everyone just embraced it and was thrilled with the performance and how smoothly the machines run.
This next week will be a more advanced set of classes. There are 5 people enrolled next week. I think many people were afraid to sign up because of that word, “advanced.” All that really means is that the quilter is familiar with how to work with their machine, how to handle their threads with stops and starts, and are not afraid to tackle new techniques and designs. Wait till you see pictures of those projects!
I am so grateful for the inspiration I am given. These retreats are so much more than I envisioned, and working more one to one with small groups of eager quilters is my dream. With my own family situation, it is so much easier for me to be close to my home where I have everything so convenient and can serve those I teach at a much greater level. Thank you to everyone for your support. As soon as this month of retreats are finished, I will post the classes and dates for next year.