Friday, December 10, 2010

The Magnificent Margaret Tully

Last Saturday, after strip club, we had a visit from someone very special to A Scarlet Thread- Margaret Tully from Baby Lock! We had a good crowd for each of the classes, and there was much fun to be had.

The "Big Screen" was put into operation to ensure that everyone could see what Margaret was demonstrating. She did some amazing things with that serger sitting in front of her. I didn't know machines could do such amazing things! I lead a very sheltered life.

There were even machines set up for demonstrations. Everyone who attended the class was able to make a darling coffee cup (or soda cup) cozy, the whole thing made on a serger!

Everything Margaret said was jotted down with care for future reference.

I had the pleasure of spending a bit of my lunch time with Margaret. We talked about where we derive inspiration for quilts and other projects, how there are some things that will never be made because of the memories to which they are attached. She told me of her mother-in-law, who had a tin of embroidery floss that caused a young bride to swoon with delight as it was opened and its contents revealed. And how, when her mother-in-law passed away, the things Margaret asked for were the pillow slips that her husband's mother had made by hand. Margaret made church dolls for each woman in the family for a Christmas gift that year. What a perfectly lovely gift from a perfectly lovely woman.

In case you did not get to come and see Margaret in person, here's a little video of her sharing a very smart tip. It's one of those, "Oh, really. Why did I not think of that?" things that once it's put in the brain never leaves.

We do have the best guests come to visit. :)

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