Well, at least I was in the company of South African quilter and teacher, Rosalie Dace. What a delightful day! The class was African Animals: Aardvark to Zebra (she informed us they pronouce zebra with a short "e" as in rhyming with Deborah).
The project was a small wall quilt inspired by some drawings of African animals. She gave us three patterns to choose from. Then there were also several pages of other inspiration. Including these.
I went off on my own a bit and sketched this guy. He is suppsed to be from the antelope family, but he seems to have some rabbit tendencies.
Luckily, I ascertained from the supply list that we would be doing applique, so I brought some Wonder Under with me. Some other students did reverse applique by both hand and machine or regular applique. Not me. And I was even able to share a few scraps with other fusing friends.
Then we started on the hand embroidery embellishments. I was totally blown away by this little sampler done by Rosalie. Just two inch images using running stitch.
I embellished my animal a bit and then decided to add a sun. I was going to copy the sun on the above stitch work -- I love those irregular swirls. Rosalie gently guided me to try something new. Something I hadn't done before. We flipped through the sketch book I had with me and she liked my freemotion flame practice pages. That was good to hear. I needed that. Thank you, Rosalie. Try something new? Brilliant!
After lunch we talked about borders and she showed us a neat trick to make skinny lines (pieced). I added a grass inspired border. You can see my piece along with the rest of the student work below. And there's Rosalie too! Animated, friendly, soooo likable, smart, funny, focused, helpful, encouraging, gentle, wise, worldly, creative, clever!!!
Yes, I made my sun green. And yes, my antelabbit is drinking at a red river.
Oh and when any of us had to go to the bathroom...
Yes, an outhouse with posters of kittys on the walls. Apparently, someone spent the money to add electricity to the one-room school house/converted quilting classroom, but didn't have enough cash left over to spring for plumbing.