To say I love taking classes is the understatement of the year!  Early in 2016 I decided to treat myself to Craft Napa 2017 – conveniently located 60 miles from home. Honestly it was very difficult to decide exactly which classes to take. They ALL looked so intriguing! Three days with three different instructors – BLISS. I thought it would be fun to share my work and what I learned.

Day 1:  Machine Quilting with Jenny K. Lyon

Imagine spending the whole day sitting in front of a BERNINA special edition 765 Rose Gold machine stitching away to your hearts content. Jenny had a plethora of tricks up her sleeves to help students grow their confidence at free motion quilting. I learned I LOVE bubble quilting and how easy it is to try different motifs with just a little practice. Practice, Practice, Practice! That is the name of the game.

Alex Anderson's Bubble Quilting


Day 2:  Draw eight items eight different ways with Jane Lafazio.

We were instructed to bring 8 objects that related and then Jane taught 8 different ways to draw, paint and render it. It was a play date with my inner child. What I learned is that we can ALL draw, it is simply like learning to write cursive - a practiced skill. You might remember her Show 1903 – if you haven’t watched it check it out!

Alex Anderson Drawing


Day 3: UFO collage Class with Lynn Krawczyk.

We were instructed to bring the “uglies” or unfinished projects we were willing to sacrifice. We would then deconstruct and then reconstruct our pieces. I didn’t exactly follow the class supply instructions, because most of my uglies end up in the trash at home. As Libby Lehman taught me, “if it is butt ugly most likely it will always be butt ugly” (sorry, I just had to share). So I went to my Dupioni silks and decided to play with that. The colors are so vibrant and seductive I knew they would be fun to work with. Lynn gave us some simple instruction then set us loose. What I learned is that with just a little magic and a willingness to trust the process...yes process...your piece will come together. I was reminded it is about the process or the journey; that is what counts. I intend to explore more with my silk.

Alex Anderson Silk Sample

All in all, it was a very magical weekend that I will always hold dear to my heart. I cannot express how wonderful the whole experience was and intend to attend again. We ALL have something to learn and it’s fun to do so!

#8 Tamara 2017-03-18 13:19
You always learn something, even if you taken a class from the instructor before. And what you see and learn form the other students. Plus a great way to make new friends.
#7 Deb Johnson 2017-02-05 22:14
Great work Alex! Isn't it fun learning new things and new ways? Thanks for sharing! It looks like you had great teachers! Hugs, Deb Quiltbeeme
#6 Jenny K. Lyon 2017-02-05 10:49
It was a pleasure to have you in my class! And I learned from YOU too! I can't wait to see what you are quilting next.
#5 JennieSharp 2017-02-05 08:36
Glad you enjoyed yourself and learned so much. I like taking classes for the same reason. Thank you for sharing!
#4 Mary Cunningsworth 2017-02-05 08:10
Thank you for sharing.
#3 Margie Read 2017-02-05 07:19
I just loved hearing of your challenges and success, Thanks.
#2 Tinilou 2017-02-05 07:07
What a weekend you had Alex. It sounds to me you chose well for classes and had a great time learning. Thank you for sharing.
#1 CYooOhio 2017-02-05 06:00
:lol: Looks like it was sooo much fun! Definitely on my dream list to take in a Craft Napa!!
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