This picture!!! I had the awesome opportunity to take a 2 day workshop from THE Karlee Porter. The workshop was in Castroville at the Quilt Shop, and I swear, it was one of the best classes I've ever taken. Most of the time, when I take a workshop and the person putting it on says there will be about half a day of lecture, then we get to play... I'm usually a little dismayed. But Karlee had an awesome program that I left with PAGES of notes and drawings for inspiration. And it wasn't like I was just writing stuff down to busy my hands. I've referred to those notes and drawings at least a dozen times in the short weeks since I took that class.
Karlee was so gracious in letting us ask unlimited questions, take pictures of all the samples she had, and she even did a trunk show at our SAMQG guild meeting. This is one of her masterpieces--I believe it's called "Russian Mosque", that literally takes your breath away.
The principles Karlee taught can be applied to a domestic machine, sit down quilter, or longarm. Since I started out quilting my quilts on a domestic, I liked that. However, since I've been doing most of my quilting on a longarm in the last year, it took a minute for my brain to catch up that my hands were moving the fabric and not the machine :)
After Karlee taught us her important principles of successful graffiti quilting, she turned us loose and we were able to apply those principles to some small class samples. This was the sample that I worked on, and although I'm not nuts about the thread colors I selected, I did like the high visibility of it.
And of course, I had to include a picture of me and Karlee! Not sure what I'm doing with my hand...is that a hook? Anyway, I was seriously beyond excited that I had the opportunity to hear Karlee in Texas--and can't wait to keep working on my graffiti quilting skills.