There was also enough time to see the show and merchant mall because everything was in one location. So here I am going to share just a few of my favorite quilts with you. You can see all of the award-winners at this link. Interestingly, all of my favorites were award winners this year, and that has not always been the case.
This first piece by R. Leslie Forbes caught my attention right away. Having been to Murano, Italy last September, and having taken lots of photos of the colourful houses and reflections in the canals, it was especially meaningful to me. That night, I searched for my blog post about Venice, and guess what? There is none! I know I shared a few photos on Facebook, but soon after returning to Canada I was heading out on a teaching trip. I think I meant to post photos, but then forgot after I returned. I will have to get to this one of these days!
I am posting the titles and artist statements, as well as the awards won. If you click on the photos I think you can manage to read the text.
I always love a good foliage quilt! This one, by Judy Leslie, features croton leaves. I've taken a number of croton photos myself!
I taught four workshops. Sometimes when I get really busy, I forget to take photos. Sorry! On day one I taught "Collage Tree" to 21 students. You can see a lot of bark being cut here.
On day two I taught "In Full Bloom" to a pretty full class (I think there were 18 or 19 students). Most decided to create peonies. One thoughtful student brought a bouquet of peonies for me, and even tucked in a couple of hosta leaves. I was a happy teacher, and that is the only photo I have of that day!
Here's another student finishing her satin-stitched edges after she did her colouring.
Here's a sample of the other design, three turquoise chairs on a colourful patio. It is not quite finished yet.
On day 4 I taught Improv Curves.
One of the pleasurable aspects of teaching at shows and conferences, is getting to meet and network with other teachers. I had a lovely dinner one night with, from left to right, Hollis Chatelain (North Carolina), Karen Henry (Nova Scotia), Gail Mitchell (New Brunswick). That's me on the right, not smiling because I was so focused on not blinking when the flash went off.
I have three more days to prepare for my three week teaching trip to the west coast. Truthfully, I've been thinking and planning for this trip for months. Boxes of fabric, kits, and patterns were shipped several weeks ago to keep the weight of my bags within airline limits when I fly. Now I'm working on getting everything I need into two 50 lb bags. This will be the longest teaching trip I've ever taken, but that is because I was smart enough to book a few days off between each group. I'm looking forward to it. And if you are in the area, here is the publicity for my first lecture, with the Textile Arts Guild of Richmond.
From there I'll be heading to the Langley Quilters Guild for three days. I'll be spending Canada Day weekend in Vancouver, and from there I'll head up the coast and ferry to the Sunshine Coast, stopping for three days of workshops with the Sunshine Coast Quilters' Guild in Sechelt. Then I have a couple of days off before a lecture and two days of workshops for the Victoria Quilters' Guild. Stay tuned as I hope to post from the road.