If you ever have the chance to attend Empty Spools, do it!
Then it was time to hang my show and set up my Artist in Residence "station". Each session of Empty Spools features an A.in.R.--he or she shows her quilts, gives the opening night presentation, and then works away where people can come by and view the process, ask questions, and in my case, give very helpful suggestions too!
You will notice that the architecture of the hall is spectacular, as is the whole conference center.
Julia Morgan. She also designed Hearst Castle.
Asilomar is a classic example of the Crafstman style.
I would start my day by the fireplace in the Social Hall...
My presentation Sunday night was fun to give and my audience seemed interested...I could tell because they came up to examine the quilts afterward!
Also right across from me were Gayle and Suzanne, the owners and administrators of Empty Spools.
I made some new friends, which is one of the best parts of attending quilt gatherings.
Susan Carlson and Gwen Marston, two very, very fine teachers and quilt artists.
Joyce Becker and Anna VanDemark, two more astounding teachers, were at that dinner too...
I'm sorry I can't give an overview of all the great classwork that was done by the over 200 attendees last week, but I stayed close to my table and worked!
Karen Miller's indigo, and the antique cotton shibori, ikat, and other Japanese fabrics in the outer border, along with the lovely kimono silks in the inner one...it was just uplifting to work with these fabrics, products as they are of such a deep tradition.
Thanks to everyone who was so gracious to me last week...