This past weekend, one of our local quilting shops, 35th Avenue Sew and Vac joined forces with our local ASG chapter to present Louise Cutting, the originator of Cutting Line Design. I’ve taken a class from Louise before, but this was an opportunity not to be missed.
Saturday morning we arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, armed with note pads, writing implements and cash. There were patterns to purchase! There were techniques to write down! There were tips and hints to be scribbled, and scribble we did. There was even (gasp!) quality garment fabric available.
Louise was her usual humorous and informative self. There was a whole table of samples showcasing both high-end designer techniques as well as those captured from the ready-to-wear industry, and included in her patterns.
Louise explained each and every one, often providing amusing anecdotes about how she unearthed that particular technique. Apparently shopping in the designer section of Neiman Marcus is not for the faint of heart…or uninventive. She also provided great insight into why we “ladies of a certain age” have such fitting concerns.
Our hosts, 35th Avenue were also wonderful and gracious. Lunch was included, as were morning and afternoon snacks. Learning is hungry business!
I’d also like to give a very heartfelt Thank You to 35th Avenue Sew and Vac. They have primarily been a supplier to the quilters in the area, so making a foray into garment sewing was quite a step outside their comfort zone. I do hope they found this adventure as beneficial as I did. I also hope they continue to stock quality garment fabric. Hint! Hint!
By the end of the day our brains were abuzz with ideas while our bodies were quite exhausted. A good time was had by all.