The first class I took at Ruby's was from Carol Johnson called Parker Homestead. It's a picture art type 8" x 11" mini quilt of Butch Cassidy's father's homestead in Circleville, Utah. I'm not usually drawn to landscape quilting but the charm of this white cabin drew me to the picture. I've always wanted to know how they do these art quilts and so I decided to take a class about a subject totally unknown to me. It was fun learning the layered fabric techniques and Carol is a great teacher. As you can see I'm not finished yet. The actual house is an applique on top of the landscape formed by different fabrics and textures. Carol printed the houses from her computer onto fabric from a photo she actually took herself. I enjoyed the class and everyone else did too.
The other class I took was from Nedra on Saturday morning. She taught a traditional paper template hexagon class. Since I've been working on my Inklingo hexagons I decided to bring them to class and work on them while watching Nedra's technique and getting to learn more about hexagon quilts.
Nedra is so composed and classy. It is hard to describe her but those of you that read her blog know what a wonderful talented lady she is. Here she is with her beautiful hexagon quilt. Can you believe she made this while being a mom, wife and student? Incredible.
The first class I taught was "All Dressed Up" - my dress quilt pattern. I had kits prepared so we could get straight to applique. I was surprised that none of the girls in the class had experienced the applique technique I taught with freezer paper. I sort of explain how to do it here. I do not use starch and iron the seam allowance around the freezer paper. I've tried that and only succeeded in burning my fingers. I do it sort of like this tutorial but I've never used plastic over top to make placement. To my delight I think they all enjoyed learning this technique.
Isn't this red block from Carol incredibly sweet? I love the scalloped fabric. (If you look really hard in the back ground of this picture you can see Paula right above some one's shoulder. Paula and Flora taught at the retreat, too.)
My star pupils Sherri and Dawn show their first blocks. Cute, huh. Oh we had fun.
Later in the day is a back view of Dawn and Sherri during one of the group meetings. You can see their bent heads working on their applique while they listened to the presentation. I was so proud of them working on their blocks whenever they had a chance.
Here are Kayrene's blocks. I was so proud of her, too. Even though applique was not her favorite part, she loved embellishing the dresses. It is my favorite part, too. That girl is going to finish this quilt quickly. She's determined. I love that.
I taught my "In the Leafy Treetops" quilt. The girls taking this class caught on really quickly and although the block construction is simple, the sketch machine embroidery is new to most quilters. Shauna and Tonya had been hard at work on their feather weight machines making blocks.
The "purple loving Lynette" is on the right here. I spoke to her on the phone before the retreat. She owns a great quilt shop in Hurricane, Utah called Main Street Quilts. I can't wait to visit her at her new shop when I go down south to visit Nedra. Lynette is the type of person that is an instant friend as soon as you meet her.
I was surprised at how many quilters had featherweight machines. Lynette even painted her's purple. How about that Terri!
Tonya had her first row of birds all sketch embroidered. It was great to see the classes progress. I can't wait to see pictures of their quilts and I hope they send them to me.
Across the table is fun Valerie. She is a quilt designer and has a blog and website. Go see her pink birdies at her blog. They are darling! Missing from the class picture is Carol. She was so fun to have in the class. I really liked getting to know her. This smaller class was more intimate and we got to know things about each other. You can see me with my featherweight. And my soda Mr. Hive brought to revive me.
Shelbie and I taught a night class together for vintage pincushions. It was fun but somewhat challenging to get some of the round cushions into square openings.
Valeen was such a good sport and had such a fun laugh. Her little bear was especially challenging. But oh so cute. We laughed a lot during this class.
And found we had lots of connections. This was a more free form style craft with plenty of getting-to-know-you time. I had such fun gals with me there. I thought every pincushion turned out just darling.
Tomorrow I'll talk about the trunk show. Yeah I know it is a little self serving but I won't make you wade through every photo. I promise.
It makes me smile just to review these pictures. I sure wish Bonnie would do a retreat for bloggers to get together. I know it would be a success. Bonnie is a master planner. If anyone could pull it off, Bonnie could.