Thursday, August 20, 2009

Retreat Show and Tell Part 1

Show and tell is always one of my favorite events! And these quilted items are wonderful.

First up is Mary Ellen--unfortunately, I did not get her face in the photo (just her eyes!). I didn't crop the picture so that you can see the lake outside the door--how's that for a lake-front classroom! I digress--Mary Ellen's quilt is one she believes her grandfather made and it is one of her prized possessions. She is now collecting fabrics to recreate the quilt herself.
Next is Gale, who only started quilting about a year ago. She recently took a quilted backpack class and here is a photo of what she made. It is so beautiful!

Gale also took a beginning quiltmaking class at Patchwork Plus in Marcellus and made this four block wallhanging from start to finish, including the quilting! Great job!

One of the best surprises of all is when students bring in work from prior retreats. Cindy had two tops done. First is the project from year five--Dancing Flowers. Anita Shackelford taught the dimensional work and I did the flatter applique portion of the retreat. I love Cindy's color and fabric selections.

Cindy also finished the top from year four--the Whig Rose. Anita did the applique portion and I taught the hand piecing technique used on the center. It was great fun and the results are spectacular.
As someone asked in the comments, yes, there was time for porching and relaxing. Since everyone is an adult, students came and went as they desired. Some went shop hopping one afternoon, one went on a boat tour of the lake, some napped after lunch--and worked when they wanted to. Some waded to cool off between lessons, some kept their noses firmly to the grindstone. We took time each day to play a session of Quilt-O for fabulous prizes and that seemed to be popular.
Tomorrow I'll post more show and tell pics and then we will be on to day two of retreat!

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