"To become a master at any skill, it takes the total effort of your heart, mind and soul working together." - Unknown
On Friday, April 5th through Saturday, April 6th, we had the opportunity to welcome renowned BERNINA master and quilt designer Amanda Murphy to Windmill Sewing Center to host a two-day quilting event. And from the very first session on Friday morning, it was obvious that Amanda was, indeed, a master of her craft.
In the first half of the class, we worked with pen and paper, designing on top of piecing handouts; and during the second half of the class, we practiced the rulerwork of free-motion that helps us achieve the results we're looking for in our quilts. What made Amanda's instruction so valuable was that at first, she instructed the class as a whole, demonstrating best-practice techniques and insights; next, she walked around to each attendee's machine and closely watched how they worked, interjecting when necessary and helping them discover new techniques that would lead to a better outcome. This event offered both group instruction and one-on-one instruction with Amanda, a combination the attendee's noticed!
Our Saturday session began with learning how to use the Jubilee quilting rulers that coordinate with the BERNINA 125th Anniversary Quilt designed by Amanda. We focused on how to use circles and straight lines to create dynamic blossom and medallion designs on any quilt.
Bringing Amanda's expertise to our little corner of the Midwest was an amazing experience for all of us, especially Amanda herself. "I was so excited to get to visit Windmill Sewing Center. I had heard such good things about it and it did not disappoint. I had two days with a lovely group of ladies. It was my pleasure to teach there and I can’t wait to go back in again."
"It was an awesome learning experience! Thanks for bringing in Amanda." Anne Wilde Voorhies
"Such a wonderful time! Thank you so much for the opportunity." Deb Jones Scott
"Awesome class. Wonderful participants. Great information. Bring Amanda back please!" Janie Benander
"This was the best class! Thanks Windmill Sewing Center for being great hosts!" Karen Leunge Moore
Thank you to all of those who attended this event and thank you to Amanda! We can't wait to have you back!