Such a fun, fun guild meeting we had yesterday! Every few years we have, as our program, a little "schoolhouse" provided by our own members. Eight gals were set up at stations demoing a technique. We could visit all or some of them to watch and learn. So fantastic. We had a demo on using bits of fabric to embellish, called Confetti Embellishment. We had a lesson on using glue to tuck in the final binding strip. We learned how to thread play using the bobbin thread. We were shown how to paint on fabric. We saw how to paper-piece using a light box. We got a look at the No Waste Flying Geese method (patchpieces.com). Our "resident crazy quilter" taught silk ribbon embroidery. My favorite was the instruction on using the Anita Shackelford Circular Ruching Tool. Just look at these amazing little flowers!!! Of course, I immediately had to come home and order the circular tool as well as the strip ruching tool AND the book on combining types of quilting, A Modern Mix. Anita's amazing tutorial can be found here: http://anitashackelford.com/what_is_ruching.html What wonderful embellishing ideas! The circular tool even allows the making of a tiny little ruched flower that would look adorable in a bouquet or on a Baltimore Album quilt.