“An adventure is never an adventure when it happens. An adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility.” – Tim Cahill

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Class began bright and early this morning!  I admit, I would rather intimidated, being surrounded by so many quilters with machines that could eat my machine in tow.  Luckily, I quickly found out that all of these ladies are incredibly friendly!

I was quickly invited to sit with some kind ladies that were sweet enough to walk me thought the process.  The teacher s knowledgeable, patient and opened my eyes to the joy of “Steam a Seam 2” from the Warm Company.  Wow!  This stuff makes applique not a living hell!  Expensive, but I know it will save me sanity in the end.

I also learned that tools can make or break your experience.  These such tools that make applique not miserable and were trade secrets were;

  • Coloured pencils
  • Serrated scissors only for applique
  • A good iron
  • A pressing cloth

All of which I bought.  (They were available for purchase and I couldn’t resist)

Two hours later, I made an owl!  This takes FOREVER!

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It still needs to be stitched down, but the Steam a Seam 2 will hold it in place for now.

And with that, I left the retreat to work on the mock up again.  But not before I was invited by everyone to the ‘all night quilting party’ the next day.  How sweet are they?  I agreed and promised to return.  I have no clue what I’m doing anyways and could definitely use all the help I can get.

Upon returning home, I cut scallops on the bottom of one side of the overskirt and began sketching patterns.

Can I mention that every available official photo of Celes in her gown are HORRIBLY pixilated, dated and and night more to interpret.  To be honest, I feel like I’m looking at a psychologist’s ink blobs.  So if you see something different – that’s fine!  These sketches are my interpretation with a dash of artistic liberty.  So there.

Time passed and I decided that I hated my scallops that I cut earlier.  It just looks wrong.  So I cut the other side at an angle in hopes that it gave the line more movement.

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And I was right.  I feel like the right side has move drape and doesn’t cut my gown in half with an ugly straight line.

I am most pleased today.  I think I shall wander off to bed now.

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