Well, our trip to Bleu Barn Studios became a lot more that a “Studio Stash Revealed” as CJ Behling is one of those prolific designer/artist, quilter/pattern designer, teacher/writer types, and she had us both going. She always amazes me and I am not sure when she sleeps! I tried my hand at the long arm and was slightly disappointed. I kind of thought I would take to that easily but I wasn’t a natural. Then again I also wasn’t a natural at the wacom tablet, but now its like another appendage so there IS hope with time and practice. Sarah, (my niece who’s interning with me this June) just clicked with that big machine, so much so that CJ gave her a whole quilt to quilt–and she even gets to keep it!
While she was doing that I got to try out the serger, and CJ showed me several options for finishing my modern quilt top placemats (photos later), AND I did my first binding on a mini-quilt. So in the tradition of passing it on, I will be teaching Sarah how to do the binding for her quilt before she leaves. We got some nice Alexander Henry “black skulls on fire” fabric from Mendels which will be a great contrast to the pink and will work with the black on the quilt top.
What a fun day–thank you CJ! Now for a few shots of Bleu Barn Studios and our memorable time there: