The quilt guild I belong to (Northwest Suburban Quilter's Guild) is quite large and we are lucky to be able to afford really good speakers. Thursday night our speaker was Laura Wasilowski - http://www.artfabrik.com/ - who gave us an evening full of laughs, ideas, and eye candy (colorful quilts). I was on a waiting list to take her class today and fortunately an opening became availabe. I have never tried my hand at "art" quilts, but she helped free up all of us who are uptight follow-the-pattern quilters. Below is what I did in the class today. There is more work to be done - decorative stitching, probably some beads or buttons, quilting and binding.I am proud to say that I am now an Iron Maiden - or graduate of the Chicago School of Fusing. This little badge is proof positive.
Not only did I enjoy my day at class, but I also had the added benefit of making a new friend, Paige Alaine (www.paigealaine.com) , who shared table space with me.
My advice for today - Take a class - learn how to do something you haven't tried before - make new friends.