I don't get many opportunities to display the counted cross-stitch quilt that was my transition from embroidery and cross-stitch into quilting, so I showed it first. My daughter Linda and I began the squares together in the 1980s but I soon saw that a "real quilter" would need to finish it. So I set out to learn to be that quilter.
|Friendship Cross-Stitch by Martha and Linda Ginn|
|This Is My Story, This Is My Song|
After lunch I taught a Ghost Quilting Class to some of the group. They were enthusiastic and eager to try something new. Many had never used the Neocolor II wax pastels, so I suggested they experiment first on extra fabric. We had a short lesson on free-motion quilting, which was also new to some of the quilters. It was exciting to see women draw who said they couldn't and others find that rhythm of speed of the machine with the movement of the hands to get a smooth free-motion stitch. Two of them used unusual background fabrics; another placed her focus square off-center to allow the ghost flowers to show up more dramatically.
|Donna's first time to free-motion quilt|
|Dee used a large print for her background and will add more color|
|Judy used a stripe and drew in large flowers before stitching|
|Mary Jo extended her sunflower, offsetting the block|
|Pam used crayons and stitches--success!|
|Jo Ann's stitches show nicely on this muted background|
Hernando is a small town about 20-30 miles south of Memphis; I thought the DeSoto County Administration Building was beautiful and unusual, so I had Cheryl stop so I could photograph it. The courthouse is in the middle of the town square, and this building is on a corner facing it. All in all, a lovely town.