It happens every time. I don't care whether the quilter is 7 or 70. When someone finishes a project, there's a big goofy smile that just doesn't leave. Look at Debby and Jenny. They are thrilled with how their Hobo Bags turned out! And I am, too. They did great work in this 6-hour workshop, and it has paid off handsomely.
Although both Deb and Jen have handled sewing machines before, they hadn't done any quilting and did a great job quilting the strap, body, and contrast band of their purses. They also constructed their linings and designed their pockets. Their zippers, with a bit of help from the Good Zipper Fairy, work beautifully, and their strap length was individualized for each.
While Debby and Jenny were learning techniques of purse construction, I too was learning techniques of teaching purse construction. I now know more about teaching machine quilting and about zippers. This workshop went smoothly, and the next one will be even better!