The organizing gals gave everyone this great little back/pack goodie bag, which I'm definitely going to keep and use again.
See Claudia pictured in the middle of my classroom. Claudia is friendly and sweet and made me feel so welcome and valued as a teacher. I had a huge issue as soon as I started to unpack in my classroom supplies. I had left my bolt of interfacing!!! sitting in the living room. I panicked. But Claudia and staff to the rescue. They found one of the merchants to bring me interfacing and saved the day. What could have ruined my class was only a moment of terror for me. And right away the gals took care of me. Next to Claudia sitting at the desk is Jan Marie. Jan Marie has made a blog of all the fun things that happen during the retreat. It is Quilt Walk Talk, go check it out. Next year you might want to join us! The quilts here are so fabulous.
This is all the fun stuff inside my goodie bag. It was unbelievable to me that the bag contained a seam ripper. My seam ripper was virtually useless from use. It is dull (I've gotta find a way to sharpen it). So this new seam ripper was perfect.
I stayed in a sweet old fashioned motel on the main drag. The funniest thing is they still made reservations in a book. It was like stepping back a bit in time. The room was clean and had a fridge, flat TV and internet. Perfect!
Panguitch has less than 2000 people. And I believe they told me the graduating class in high school was around 36 or 38.
All the classes are held in the high school rooms with lots of desk space and plugs. Here are my gals busy at work making their "Mixed Bags to Quilt" from my pattern.
I can't say enough about how great all the women were that I met in my class - such appreciative students. And they all did such a great job on their bags.
My prize student, Shannon, teaches bag making at Corn Wagon, a local shop. Shannon purchased a kit from me a while back so she brought her kit to class and she finished making her bag first, not that it was a race.
Shannon has a cute blog. You've got to go over and say hi. It is really cute just like her and all the fun things that she makes. She even had a gift for me at the end of class!!
It is really fun to see the bags coming together during the class. Some of the girls purchased kits from me.
And some brought their own kits they made from their stash.
Each gal did a really nice job with their bag. My goal was that everyone would finish a bag. Not everyone was able to finish but most everyone got really far.
I took my son, Mason with me to help tote and run. He discovered the streets of Panguitch on his skate board and ran coke and lunch runs for some of the ladies in the class. Poor guy, he had to tote my purse and bags around but he's a good sport.
Some of the women were able to move into the "free sew" room to finish their bags after lunch. I stayed with a few of them to help and I'm so glad I did.
It was a joy to get to know the ladies as they finished up. These girls come every year and are sister-in-laws. They are so cute.
I even found that one of the sweet women, Sandra, is related to my brother-in-law. It is a small world, especially among quilters.
Thanks to all the girls in my class. I so enjoyed getting to know them and I hope they all had fun making the bags.
Tomorrow I'll show you a few of the quilts I photographed that were hanging in the show. That is if my internet connection is fixed.