Friday, September 10, 2010

Seriously. It. Was. Awesome.

I wish I could do that every day.  Yesterday was so great.

Lori Holt is seriously the master. 

There was a few moments yesterday, at the class, where I honestly felt a little overwhelmed, but once I got going it was the kind of thing that made me want to jump up and down.  Really.  Like I was trying not to.  I was so excited about my new applique skills that I stayed up till 1 this morning just plugging away at my "Count Your Blessings" block.

(This is what I got done last night.)

Anyways, I couldn't find anyone to go with me to the class, so I went solo. 
Everyone was so nice.  I did get to meet some new people in the quilting world and I had a blast with my new friend, Rae Ann (from Stash Manicure).
And Kayleen was there!  She's the "Long arm Master"!
And Lori.  I wish I could have got some pictures of my one-on-one time with Lori, because believe me - I jumped at the chance to get some pointers from her.  She was so great to sit right beside me, watching my method and showing me an easier, better way.  "It's like sweeping under the couch" she would say!
If you don't know Lori, you should know that everything she owns, is darling and everything she touches, turns to gold.  Look ~ isn't this the cutest little sewing box you have ever seen?!?
And her pincushions ~ so cute!  And the basket, and the tag (which are holding her NEW Paper Dolls pattern, which she just released!!) ~ so cute!  And her vintage sheet/tablecloth ~ so cute!
Before we left, we were able to watch a quick, quick, trunk show of Lori's.  Notice all of the details...
I love the nails in the "How to Build a Scarecrow" quilt above.  Everything looks so real.  I can tell you that if I tried to design those overalls or that plaid shirt, it would be scary!!

Isn't the border on this "Thanksgiving Dinner" quilt so pretty?!?  She's got every detail you could think of (when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner) on this quilt.
Here's her "Cottage Garden" quilt.  I LOVE the little geraniums in the middle.  They're just darling.  And again, if I tried to design some fabric geraniums...well, you just wouldn't know they were geraniums.
And, I think this just might be my favorite.  Love the pincushion.  Love the SINGER sewing machine with chain piecing on it.  Love the tape measure, the rotary cutter, even the plugs look so real.  The fat quarter bundle, the embroidery hoop and the "pieced border."  Just perfect, Lori.  Absolutely perfect! :)

So, as you can see, yesterday was simply a blast.  Thanks Lori for being willing to teach one more time for us...I knew I couldn't pass up an applique lesson from you and I'm so glad I didn't!

22 comments:

L Johnson said...

That is so awesome that you were able to go and learn from Lori! Here quilts are amazing. You don't give yourself enough credit though because your quilts are awesome!

Sewn With Grace said...

This is just amazing. I think I would be overwhelmed too! Her quilts are quite the undertaking. How precious they are! You did a great job!

Sherri said...

I loved taking a class from Lori last spring...she is amazing...you truly do learn soo much from her! Rae Ann is just as wonderful as can be too...I enjoyed getting to know her when I took the class from Lori as well!

trish said...

Oh Amber ... I *wish* I could have been there!! I have never appliqued before and to learn from someone who does such beautiful work ... oh how blessed you are!!
I LOVELOVELOVE her quilts. :o)
Thanks so much for sharing the pictures!! :o) It was like we were there too. :o)
Your block is turning out beautifully! I did not realize how large it will be. How awesome!! :o)
I hope that you have a nice weekend. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Barb said...

Oh my....I wanted to jump up and down with you....I wish I could have been there. What an exciting evening. You made alot of progress on your block.

Marie said...

What a great opportunity for you. I wish I could have gone with you. I absolutely love her quilts - so much detail and love in each one. Thank you for sharing with your photos.

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

I have to ask was this a RS activity or something, that building looks very familiar. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, your appliqué is looking so nice! You lucky girl! Next time, I'll be your buddy! I LOVE Lori and would love to take one of her classes!

I'm sad she's not doing appliqué club again for a while, because I planned on joining her next one. My favorite of hers is "Woman's Work." As a matter of fact, I pulled it out last night and worked on it a bit b/c yesterday was Lori Holt day. I also have her "Cottage Garden" and "Quilter's Life" patterns. She is amazing! I'm hoping I can win Paper Dolls on her blog giveaway b/c it is so adorable.

I'm off to stitch a bit on my Woman's Work quilt. She is just so clever. I'm working on a roll of paper towels. How cute is that?

xo -E

Terry said...

Wow, what an awe-inspiring opportunity! You sound like you had a blast! Your work is a gift in and of itself...I am inspired by your work! Now that you got to "rub elbows" with Lori Holt....can't wait to see what you create next! :)

Deb said...

Amber, that class sounded like so much fun. You girls areso lucky in the States have the talent of so many wonderful women available to you.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with us Amber! I know I would JUMP at the chance to attend Lori's class! Have fun using your new skills.

Thimbleanna said...

No one would go with you? Dang it -- if I were there, I would have! It looks likek you had a great time and your applique looks fantastic. Looks like the lessons did their work!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh my gosh!!! I am speechless...I love ALL her work. "Count Your Blessings" is one I really NEED to do, it speaks to me...but the last one "Quilts", wow, that one I HAVE to do...it isn't just speaking to me, it is 'screaming at me'. It looks like you had a wonderful time...no...better than wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your fun day with us. Hugs...

Lori Holt said...

Amber...
You're applique looks wonderful!
You are making good progress on your block:)...and staying up until late?...I love it...now you are officially an appliquer!
It was so fun to meet you and the other girls...It makes me happy to hear that you enjoyed my class...thanks for letting me teach you:)...you were an A plus student!
xx
Lori

Jeanette said...

So Jealous, I wish I had known, I would have gone with you. Not that you have any clue who I am, but whatever LOL

Darlene said...

Wow, what a fabulous day! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us. I'd love to take a class from Lori - I've heard so many wonderful things about her. :-)

Keri said...

Ambs, I'm sad you had to go solo but it looks like you're making tons of new friends in a world that you're so passionate about. Way to go! P.S. That sewing quilt at the end was my favorite too...amazing!

Quilt Hollow said...

I have envy....your day was delightful and I bet you are glad you went alone.
The last quilt is my favorite!!!

frayedattheedge said...

I think you might have had a good day ..... I'm just not quite sure as you didn't really say how wonderful it all was - ok. I'm kidding, you obviously had a FABULOUS time!!

Madame Samm said...

Can I just say, thank you sew much for sharing..when some of us are just toooo far away..( like Canada), it is sew nice to meet you all and see your fantastic shots...Lori's quilts are just over the top delightful...
Amber you are such a sweet too to include Rae Ann...she is lovely isn't she? blessings and thanks for the visit. madame samm

Madame Samm said...

I think I just wrote something and perhaps did not save it...or something...first how gracious to include us who may be just a tad far away..up north here on the Peninsula Canada...lovely photos..feel like I was there with you...Lori's work is just breathtaking and you are dear to include Rae Ann and yourself..you are all lovely...thanks for the visit, blessings ms

Beverly said...

How fun. That looks like my kinda day. Your project is so cute. That trunk show is unbelievable. How talented that lady is.
Loved the little chair pincushion. So Cute.