On Saturday, I went to The City Quilter for an "in-person" workshop with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (She blogged about it here). We splashed paint on fabric (a great way to turn the "uglies" in our stash into something useful) and had a wonderful time cutting and pasting our collages into fun mini-quilts. Thank you, Julie, for a terrific class! This is my sample from the class -- I stitched the petals down, but haven't decided what (if anything) I will do with this, so the background is not yet quilted:
Probably the most exciting thing for me, though, was trying out my new macro lens. I've been out every morning at 6 to catch the best light... but what I am learning is that this lens really requires a much steadier hand than the standard lens. Most of my shots were not perfectly focused, or were only partly focused. On the other hand, I am realizing there is a whole world out there that I've never even seen!
Uh, oh.... I need a new obsession like I need a hole in the head.
And if this isn't enough, I tried using the new lens in lieu of a scanner to copy some photos in an antique album that once belonged to my husband's great-great grandmother. I couldn't resist this cutie pie:
|"Little Ida May"|