Monday, May 2, 2011

Simcoe County Quilters Guild Retreat

What a great time we all had at the Simcoe County Quilters Guild Retreat at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre!  It's a beautiful facility with bright classrooms that actually have enough electricity in them!  What a rare thing that is!!  The food was fantastic too.  It was great fun to see so many familiar faces once again and spend time catching up with everyone.
As you can see, the setting for the centre is wonderful with the dining areas and one classroom overlooking the lake.

On the first day I taught the Quilt Marking Mysteries.  We looked at different marking tools, how to use quad designs and how to make those border stencils actually fit your border.  It's a hands-on class but marking only paper.  At the end of the workshop, students show tops they want to quilt and we discuss various possibilities.

 Here we are looking at quilt tops that the students brought in to discuss marking.

Anita Zobens of Cotton Mill Threadworks gave her Thread lecture on Friday night. On Saturday night Helen Fujiki gave her lecture on her work and travels in Japan.  It was a fascinating look into Japanese culture and symbolism. Sandra Thomas was another teacher at the reatreat teaching quilted clothing.
The next day we tackled the Log Cabin Chevron Quilt workshop.  I must say that everyone did extremely well getting their first quad block finished and learning the chevron techniques.  Well done ladies!!!

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