Busy, Busy, Busy... Let's see. by 10:00 this morning I had quilted,
finished a 6" block for The Alliance for American Quilts, www.centerforthequilt.org
and made a Rhubarb Cream Cheese pie from Jane Quinn's Daily Desserts cook book. www.QuiltingInTheCountry.com
Sorry no picture as my bridge group ate every last bite! Doesn't it amaze you at the check out counter of a grocery store how the clerks just stare at rhubarb and also rutabaga? Is there an age when it clicks in? I imagine it is family kitchen related. If your Mother cooked either of these properly then you grew up enjoying these distinct tastes. Both are great!
Anyway, back to quilts. My 2006 year ended with a wonderful trip to Steckborn, Switzerland, home of Bernina of America.
What do 75 professional quilters do on such a trip? Why we learned--ate--shopped--ate and bought chocolate. We were enthused to know how international our passion has become. We had presentations from German and Swiss quilters, an exhibit of Russian quilts plus lessons from Mariana Fruhauf, www.fruehauf.it
My annual winter quilt retreat re-located this year to Montreat, NC, near Black Mountain. Now we can call it Quilt Retreat in Montreat. www.williamblacklodge.org
Check out my 2008 calendar to learn the dates. Every year a new quilt to make. This year we focused on stripes with a pattern from Spinning Spools I have always wanted to complete named Cane Cousin.
After viewing it with the not quite complete border you might think the name should be Lollipop. The results from two classes were varied and outstanding.
The Mid Atlantic quilt fest by the Mancuso brothers was another big event. So much fabric, so much to learn and stitch. I taught a smaller rendition of the Scrap Soup quilt---think Album Block turned into strip piecing.
A teacher trio drove over to Hampton, VA with plenty of "stuff" tucked in my pick up truck. That was the good news. The bad news was trying to retrieve it out of the trucks back. The legs will remain anonymous!
In Albany, NY they quilt in the wintertime and garden in the summertime. No wonder-it was -3 degrees when I went to class at the Quilt North Guild. People seem to linger longer and enjoy the inside before braving the elements. Here I taught lap quilting and such a rewarding class. Many people are closet quilters so it was fun to share ideas, frustrations and techniques with a needle in hand. I learn so much when I watch someone else quilt. At noon time we watched the DVD, The Great American Quilt Revival,www.quiltrevival.com
Does your Guild own a copy yet? Sure hope so.
Looking ahead--I plan to go back in time. The significance of our closing picture speaks of sewing back around 1880. And just how does that have significance for today? Next week at my Winterthur presentation in Delaware I will be doing a "Then and Now" demonstration. For the first time they will have a fine historic quilt display of their private collection with a book to accompany this exhibit. I will show how we would make the quilts today with all of our fine tools.
Then, even more fun, this summer at the Hall of Fame event in July, www.quiltershalloffame.net, we will have Dueling Machines with a timer set to see what works faster--this 1880 pedal machine or my 630 Artista Bernina. Come join the fun as we make autograph blocks as a fund raiser for the Hall of Fame. Check my travel, On The Road, link for dates. By the way. the lady at the sewing machine is my grandmother, Pearl Sayler at age 15 and the lady with the tape measure is my great grandmother, Lottie Sayler, taken in Portage,Ohio. This was her sewing room and she earned egg money for the family with her skills. So glad I have inherited those genes!