Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Visit to the Far East

The far eastern part of New York State, that is!!! From November 6-8, I was the guest of the Wings Falls Quilt Guild in Glens Falls, NY. It was an incredible trip--here's the scoop!

Several ladies did the all day Dresden Plates class on Friday--with fabulous results. This is a picture of Joanne's block--her fabric had almost too many great motifs to choose from. She had the entire plate (all 16 blades) fussy cut by hand, marked and hand pieced and pressed by the guild meeting on Saturday morning.

Mary came in with a different idea, which I helped her modify to this! Her original plan was to cut the blades and then applique the ends of the branches to a background. By concentrating on the outer branches in the wide section of the blade, it looks like a real wreath! Mary cut two each of 8 blades and alternated them. She did cut all four corners so that the blades matched--so she could learn the technique I was teaching. What a fabulous idea to take the Dresdens even one step further!
Lucille brought her completed wallhanging to the guild meeting--no, she did not start it on Friday! She had been in a prior class with me and brought the piece so that I could see it done! (Just a note--I had to keep a close eye on Lucille when I had my owl quilt out--she is known as "Mama Hooter" and loves all things owl. I did let her display the quilt for me so she got an "up-close-and-personal" view!)
The happy faces: As we were packing up, I was able to get most of the group in a picture with the start of their plates. From left to right: Marie, Joyce, Carol, Joanne, and Gail. A wide range of fabrics with fabulous results.

On Saturday I was able to get Linda M's picture with her plate.

I was very fortunate to have a personal shop hop with Gail, my hostess, after the guild meeting. We went to several shops--each with a different flavor and focus. It was a great time and I had a chance to see many people I had met previously. Many thanks to Linda D., Lucille, Audrey and Margie for parading my quilts around the guild meeting.
On the home front, last night I decided I absolutely could not stand the mess in my sewing rooms anymore!!!!! So I started hauling stuff out and putting bins that are just storing tops and backs upstairs under the finished and unfinished quilts! I can actually close the closet door
(first time in several months) and I can walk through the room without having to go sideways! I am almost done prepping for the week's seven classes (in four days) and have my laundry (but not ironing) done. What a rush!!
Next up: More student quilts--they are really prolific! It does a teacher proud!
Do something nice for yourself today and every day--don't depend on someone else to do it for you--that could be a looooooooong wait!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Sharon and everyone! May your turkey be tender and calorie free ;)

    Sheila "Annoying"


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