It couldn't have been a better week. Gathering at the Hotel at Old Town, students and teachers enjoyed classes, camaraderie, and the friendly and helpful staff at this restored hotel.
It was a neat neighborhood full of restaurants, shops, and museums, all easy walking distance.
I taught for three days, two of them being my "Home Portraits" class.
Bonnie's house, below, is one example.
During my second session of this class, I had three cousins who all brought the same image, a drawing of their grandmother's house where they used to play together as children.
Sandy, the oldest, had brought a beautiful wedding dress for the evening's build-your-stash event (where old dresses are cut up for everyone to get a piece.) Her cousins insisted that the dress was too beautiful for that, and made her put it back in the car!
I agreed with them....but asked if I could "try it on" (putting my arms through the sleeves) before they did. I had never worn a bridal gown (got married in something simpler) and just had to try it.
I can cross this off my bucket list!
I think everyone learned some new approaches for their own work in the Curved Piecing class.
Crazy quilting can take many forms!
There was a great show and tell with some terrific attendees' work for all to admire.
But the crazy quilt I loved best was this one:
Here are my fellow teachers taking a closer look at a quilt being passed around.
Another teacher was Carole Samples, who gave a lecture on categorizing crazy quilt blocks that I will never, ever forget.
I can't thank Val Bothell enough for hosting this retreat and doing such a beautiful job for everyone, bringing us together to share our love of crazy quilting, embellishment, and stitching.
Thanks to everyone who came and made this so special....