West Michigan Quilters’ Guild

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wmqg-01Earlier this week sweet hubby and I enjoyed a leisurely trip up to Michigan. It really is a beautiful time of year here in the Midwest! We drove up to the Grand Rapids area so I could teach two workshops for the West Michigan Quilters’ Guild.

On Monday I taught my Making Faces workshop to a wonderful group of ladies. This is always one of my favorite workshops to teach because people are always surprised by how wonderful their portrait ends up! This time was no different. I think each person had good results!

wmqg-02On Tuesday I taught a color workshop. This class is fun, too, but for different reasons. The Making Faces workshop is very “project-oriented” and most people finish their quilt top or are very close to being complete by the end of class. Some students take the plunge and even quilt theirs before they leave for the day. In contrast, the color workshop is all about learning and discovery and practical application. We talk about different color wheels and what to do with them. We talk about putting colors together and why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

wmqg-03Now that I’m back at home, I have a new project I need to complete. I recently bought a Mac and I have to make that dreaded transition from my comfortable PC to a new environment. It’s always a challenge trying to make sure everything is moved over and set up correctly before I say goodbye to my old friend. I’ve only worked on PCs for the last 25 years or so, and I’ve had this particular computer since — dare I admit it? — since 2005! That’s something like 57 years old in “dog years” (depending on which website you rely on). I hate to think how archaic that really is in “computer years.” I still hate to give up on an old friend, but now I get to create a new friend in this new Mac.

4 Responses

  1. Brenda Johnson

    I always enjoy seeing the results of your making faces classes. The colors chosen make such a difference too! The bright color choices have caught my attention this time. Thanks to Sarah and Susan for that!

    I would love to hear your thoughts on a Mac. I have heard for years that the Mac is supposed to be better for creative uses, but the cost has prohibited me, as well as not having a Mac mentor to follow. I would love to hear your pros and cons as well as your thoughts on if it was worth it. With my current plan, I permit myself to buy a new laptop every three years (sometimes it is longer if I choose) and I usually buy them so cheap, I can justify it. I do own an iPhone and an iPad now, so have a taste of Mac life. 🙂

    • Maria

      So far I’ve liked the new Mac. I have a pro-Mac friend (thanks, Jeff!) who was kind enough and knowledgable enough to research and present my options in an understandable way, plus he went to the trouble of finding a new Mac that was cheaper because it’s not the newest model, which saved me hundreds! Of course for me, just about any computer would be better than my decade-old machine ;). But I’m sure this one will be terrific.

  2. Ms Lottie

    I migrated from PC to Mac about six months ago. Love it. Took a little while, but not as long as I thought. (And my PC was about eight years old! She was good to me!)

    • Maria

      Thanks, Ms Lottie! That’s good to know. The hardest part is trying to make sure I can do all the same things that I need to do on my new computer. I still have to figure out how to sync the calendar and contacts on Outlook for Mac with my iPad and I need to decide on a replacement for Quicken (unless just I end up installing it on a Parallel). I’ll miss my drafting program, too, so I’ll be seeing if I can substitute something else… Most other things seem okay, though I do miss my right click.