Just Back from Teaching in Mexico City

February 29, 2012

Photo of Quilting Studio shop

Wow! I'm just returned from four days teaching in Mexico City and I had such a terrific time!

I taught five different classes at the Quilting Studio, Silvia Barba's shop in the San Angel neighborhood of Mexico City. That meant there was a lot of work getting ready for the trip, but it was worth it in every way.

Silvia's shop is quite new and is located in a beautiful, old building in a lovely residential neighborhood. There's a small shop devoted to smocking upstairs, a knitting shop next door, and a cathedral as a neighbor, too!

My color class was the largest, with about 60 enthusiastic quilters attending. The hands-on classes were smaller, with about 25 quilters exploring tessellations, pattern drafting, the basics of using border prints, and the design potential of the 60° diamond shape.

These were new techniques to the groups, but they were all quick learners eager to jump right in.  Many of them had prior sewing experience, but hand piecing was new to them all.  They were excited to discover a new way to make quilting portable . . . and to show off their handiwork!

    
 Learning color shading in my Diamonds class
 
My students show off their work.  I'm third from the right and Silvia is second from the right.

 

I was able to spend a little time sight-seeing.  The city is full of gorgeous tile work, pottery . . . and even some fabulous murals like this one.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to make this trip.  I'll be visiting family on the West Coast soon, and then my travel and teaching schedule picks up.  I'm thinking I should probably just keep a bag packed for the next few months!

Happy Quilting!