Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Classes in Michigan

Well hello there!

Are you staying warm? Good gracious this weather is just crazy! I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan last week teaching. I left on Thursday and got home Monday evening. What a super fun time even though I had major stress in getting there, thus the reason I didn't get to my blog post last week.

I shipped three huge boxes of supplies a week and a half ahead of time for the two classes I was teaching. Well, the box of wool got lost! So Wednesday night, I was up until 11 p.m. cutting more wool for the class to put in my suitcase. The wool ended up showing up Thursday evening. Thank goodness. I tell ya, shipping and travel have become such a nightmare.

Anyhoo, at least I had a fun time when I got there. This was my second trip to Michigan. The first trip was in November, right after I got back from Houston. I had a super fun Play Date with the Cameo Quilters in Clawson Michigan. Here are my girlfriends with their creations.

Jan wanted to make a snowflake instead of a flower. Cool!!!

Not sure what was going on with my cell phone when I was taking these photos, but Henya (love her name) looks magical with the light swirls!

This is my friend, Sharon. She is just a sweetie!

This is Cindy. Her last name is also May! We aren't related though. She didn't want her photo taken. I spent a lot of time with her. She is a retired art teacher. Fun!!!

This next group of photos if from my recent trip and Play Date with the Greater Ann Arbor Quilters Guild. Here's my girlfriends from Thursday's "Beekeeper Pincushion" class.

This is my dear friend, Brenda. She took a class with me back in 2015 and has been a blog buddy for many years. She is an Architect and just opened her own firm. I'm sooooooo excited and proud of her!

Carol is a riot. :)

I told Norma she could make a bikini top from her flowers. :)

Next, here are my girlfriends from Sunday's "Heart Felt Notes" class.

Brenda took this class too.

I asked her to bring her cat quilt she designed. This is an actual replica of a window in her house with her cats! Don't you just love it?

This is Norma. She is just a doll. She teaches embroidery at some local shops. Here she is with her embroidery book. What a fun class this must be!

Don't you just love the bees?

I love the dragonflies too.

Here's Norma with her postcard.

 This sweet lady is a dear friend of mine. Carol and I were both members of Make Mine Pink, which was an online marketplace and where I got my start selling things through The Raspberry Rabbits. Carol and I haven't seen each other in 11 years. She recently lost her husband and wanted to start the year off with something fun. She saw that I was teaching in Michigan and drove over an hour to take my class. It was wonderful to get to hug her neck after all these years!

This is my new friend, Susan Schwant. She is the lady who is in charge of programs for the guild. She is an absolute sweetie!

 Here is Liz again. She took both classes. She is friends with Roberta and was visiting from Portland, Oregon. One day I hope to visit Portland.

I loved this combination of colors she choose. Very unique!

Liz brought her finished pincushion from Friday's class.

Roberta took this class too. These two gals are lots of fun. They gave me a beautiful clay bunny ornament. I would show it to you, but it is in the box on the way back from Michigan. Hopefully it won't get lost like the wool box!

Roberta also brought her finished pincushion from Friday's class.

Kathy is also a quilt teacher and author! I loved how she doodled her name tag. Fun!

 This was the rug in the hotel.

Looks like a quilt doesn't it?

This guy was in the lobby of the hotel. He made me smile.

I have so much fun teaching and inspiring creativity in others. If you know of anyone who would like a Play Date with the crazy bunny lady, please send them my information. I'm booked through 2018 and now booking 2019.

Hugs and see ya back next week with another installment of "In a Fix." I've been working on the cottage and can't wait to show you the progress. :)

Michelle and the Fuzzies


Natascha said...

Wow! Looks like a bunch of fun!


There you are--was thinking I might have to send out a dog and sled team to find you up there in all the cold--was hoping you hadn't become a 'Popsicle' while there!!!
Such pretty works from some neat fun looking ladies--and how nice to re meet up with an old friend!!!
take care see ya next week--
enjoy, di

Createology said...

You have quite the following Sweet Shell. Every lady is smiling and I am certain truly enjoying your classes. Their creations are lovely. Sew much Inspiration!!! Glad you didn’t get lost in all the cold and travel. Creative Felt Bliss...<3

Laura Bullinger said...

That looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing all those pics of the students and their creations!

Jeanette said...

Looks like so much fun with both classes. Love the ladies creations of your patterns. The cat quilt is just beautiful. Hugs,xx

Petal49 said...

So many beautiful creations. Looks like they were all great fun.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SHELL! You're're home! Did you all get the snow? How was Michigan, as far as the cold? What a nightmare, to lose your wool, then to have to scramble to cut more? YIKES! But the fun is right there in the classroom, with all that energy coming in every direction with your "students." How I love this part, the part where everyone lets loose their ideas and POW! A new creation emerges. I so love every single one, but that one piece with the bees.....this reminds me of a dear swath of cloth upon which my mother embroidered a little March calendar with my wedding date circled on it. Of all the things I lost or sold during my two moves across the country, precious small things such as my mother's stitchery have remained close to my heart. And as I look at all these individuals here, I can't help but ask the question, "What would we all do if we couldn't use our hands or minds or other talents to create?" In this day and age of automated services (Amazon store....sorry, but that is too weird for me), what will happen to jobs? We must keep occupied, we must create, we must keep using our talents! Thank you for inspiring, dear friend.

RG said...

Look at all those Michigan gals!!! Good work!

tink's mom said...

Looks like a very talented group of ladies that you are meeting and playing with as you travel around the country. Fun in-spite of the mail.

Alice said...

What a fun class! If you ever come to Virginia--I'm there!!!

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