I am very happy to report that I have been confirmed to once again teach at Quilting in the Trees in Victoria, in June 2010. This year was my first year teaching there, and I loved it. The setting is perfect, at Pearson College, rustic but very comfortable. The food was very nice (and they were willing and able to accommodate my gluten intolerance with a smile) and the company great. There are a couple of vendors so if you need anything for the classes or see an item you can’t live without, you can purchase it right there. The Satin Moon was present this year, with lovely things we had to have!
The Conference is organized by the Victoria Quilters Guild, and they do a fantastic job. There is a silent auction going on at the same time, and there are lots of goodies to bid on.
I met a lot of very nice ladies, and I am hoping that I will see them again in June 2010. This time, I am teaching two new workshops: a one day class (with a prep class the evening before) for “Introduction to Fabric Painting”, and a two day class for “Transferring, Lettering and Painting on Fabric.” It should be a fun class. I forgot to take photos of the samples before I sent them on their way, but Carol was very nice and sent me some yesterday, so now I can post them. The rest will be a surprise! The idea of the 2-day class is to work on samples during the first day, and plan on a small piece of work with the elements learned on the first day during the second day (does that make sense?). So I am hoping that by the time they leave at the end of the workshop, the students will have lots of ideas to develop, and new ways to add texture and lettering to their work. All this will be combined with machine quilting (I couldn’t leave it behind, as it is one of my “loves”, and because of that … I will keep trying to convince quilters that it is easier than it looks if you just practice, practice, practice).
Talking about quilting, I have been working on a new piece for CQA, which takes place here in Calgary at the end of April 2010. I am very excited as I will be teaching a couple of courses too, my first Conference (I justs have nightmares about nobody signing up for them!). But back to the subject of quilting. I will not post photos of this new piece as it is still very early stages; suffice it to say that I have quilted, and quilted and quilted for the past about 50 hours and have not finished yet. And that is just the beginning! I am using all Wonderfil thread so I can enter the new competition sponsored by Wonderfil Specialty Threads. If you have never heard of it, it is a Calgary company that manufactures top of the line thread. Check their website at http://www.wonderfil.net/. On the left hand side you can click on “CQA Contest” for the information on this new Award. For more information, check the Canadian Quilters’ Association website at http://www.canadianquilter.com/.
I will have more news later on, so, until I blog again, keep quilting.