Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekend with Sue Spargo

I attended three days of classes with Sue Spargo last weekend, and it was wonderful to be surrounded by so much creativity! The classes were held at Smith Owen Sewing Center here in Grand Rapids. Sue comes every year in the fall, and the classes fill up fast. This year we worked on the Pomegranate Tablerunner for two days,

and then a needlecase sampler on Sunday.

I don't really care for orange, so I decided to do my Pomegranate's in pomegranate colors. For some reason it took me most of the first day to get it just right, but when I was done I loved it. The second day was spent stitching the pieces down, although I admit I have a hard time staying on task when there is so much going on.

I didn't get any embellishing done, but I bought some threads and things to add to my stash, so I have a lot to chose from when I get there.

Here is part of the shop Sue set up for our browsing pleasure. Most of us grazed there all weekend, adding to our piles each day.

I'm a convert to these sewing bags Sue sells on her website. They are so handy, and I love the snaps instead of a zipper. I need to pick up some more in the smaller sizes.

Here's a pic of me working away, taken by Judy from CJ Stitching and Blooms. She and Susan from Sukylady are in my Yahoo Woolstitchery group, and we all met for the first time at the class. Susan's daughter Fiona attended with her on Sunday.

Sue sells the kit for the tablerunner on her website if you want to try it for yourself.

You probably already know about Janet from Quiltsalott sharing her pattern for Susan McCord's Trailing Vine Quilt. I bought the fabrics for it, but I'm still deciding with poison green to use for the vines. Fabric choices are always the hardest part of quilting for me!

I have added a lot of close-ups of Sue's embellished samplers on my Flickr page. Just click on the widget on my sidebar to see them. Enjoy!