Over the summer my dear friend BJ and I attended the Mid-Appalacian Quilt Convention. It has been in existence for over 30 years and this year was special because it was the first year held at a different venue, Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Lovely campus, albeit a little spread out. But it was the first year and actually put together at the last minute due to the original venue needing to cancel with no warning. So, all in all, it was still successful.
The classes were amazing, the instructors top in their field, the accomodations adequate (probably working the bugs out) and the food, surprisingly good. It was a bargain considering I took a top-notch class every day for three days, was lodged and fed... it added up to $400! That's right! Plus, they had "volunteer" porters to move your equipment to and from classes as needed, tips welcome. And remembering what it was like to be a student, I was very grateful and generous for their service. What was missing? Camraderie. The kind you receive from an intimate gathering of friends who treat you like family (or better) and who don't "police" your work. BJ and I found it amusing and I am sure there were other like-minded quilters there. In fact, the instructors were more like my retreat sisters; not looking for perfection or loosing sight of the reason we do what we do. Remember, perfect is not necesarily finished and finished is perfect!
Here are some pictures of work I completed at the retreat and pieces I am still working on from the MAQ convention. Enjoy and remember, "Stay Calm and Quilt On".
MAQ Convention, July 2019. BJ and I on campus, enjoying the beautiful historic buildings and yummy food:
|Hummingbird Thread Painting Class with Joyce Hughes|
|Water Color and Thread painting with Joyce Hughes|
techniques for FMQ that I learned from watching
Angela Walters YouTube Videos
On the Right is a Quilt I have promised my Jeep Loving Wife! It still needs boarders but it's nearly done. This is my own pattern.
This little cutie is from the samosa block, also taught by Vanessa Vargas Wilson using her 10" slicer. I played with the placement and this placement looked like funky fat birds. So, I thread painted spindly legs, added pieces of fabric for tail and head, buttons for eyes and sewed a beer It's hanging on the Wall at aother retreat belonging to my friend Pat Armbrister, The Twisted Stitcher Quilt Retreat Center near Gainesville Florida.