I signed up for three half-day classes while in Paducha...
The first class was Fire Island, by Linda Hahn. This should have been a full day class with all that we had to do. I did learn how to make the New York Beauty blocks and sew in those arcs and managed to complete 2 of the 40 needed for this quilt. I only trimmed one of the blocks ... I wanted to leave the second untrimmed as a guide for future blocks. The kit included templates for the block and a dryer-sheet type fabric to trace the pattern on instead of using tear-away paper.
We had a two-minute quick lesson on making the alternate block for this pattern and class was over. I would have preferred to have time to make samples of both blocks.... the alternate block is a HST with a flip and sew corner so I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out.
No pattern was included with the kit... you had to buy her book at an additional cost... but I'm positive I can figure out the block placement when I get that far.
The second class was Glorified 9-patch by Toby Listcho. I really enjoyed this class. Templates and pattern were included with the kit. Two blocks were completed and she demo'd how to assemble the blocks on-point using her template for "bikini" shaped filler blocks. There are also directions on how to bind the quilt matching the different color backgrounds in each block. I look forward to completing one of these. I can't show you what I did complete in class... and afterwards back at the cottage... because I used this opportunity to make a tablerunner for a 3-color challenge that can't be revealed until August. I promise pictures will come later.
The third class was Mardis Gras, by Toby Listcho. This is a Lone Star based pattern and I enjoyed learning how to make those 45deg cuts and piecing the star parts. But again, this should have been a full-day class. She did give a demo on how to do those pesky "Y" seams, but there wasn't time to try one. I was a bit frazzled when I left class and as soon as I got home I laid out all the pieces I had cut in hopes that I'll remember what to do. I ended up changing out one of my fabrics. I had cut my striped fabric in the wrong direction and then once laid out I didn't like the look, so I went on a shopping trip and found a replacement.
As soon as I have time, I'll attempt to remember the lesson and give those Y-seams a try.