It has been an eventful week since I last posted to this blog. We left home early last week Tuesday and drove 13 hours (from the middle of Saskatchewan, all the way across Alberta to Creston, BC). The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the scenery as it changed from spring to full summer once we entered the Creston Valley. The second day was less tiring as we stopped briefly in Castlegar for some sightseeing and photography before we reached out final destination, Grand Forks.
Thursday I was up early to make my way to the workshop venue in Grand Forks. A centrally located and well lit hall makes for one fantastic venue. I had heard about the Grand Forks Quilters Guild for years and became very excited when Emilie (their fearless leader when it comes to organizing workshops with teachers from all across North America) invited me to come and teach.
“Capture the Essence” was selected by Emilie after she participated in the class at Quilt Canada 2013. The group decided that four days would be better than three and twelve participants gathered with a sense of adventure tucked between their supplies for class…
I had a great time connecting with each person in the class. Inspirational images were selected based on special travel memories, one-of-a-kind vistas, textural impressions and even a couple of abstract paintings. Each person challenged themselves, and throughout the four days I never heard a word of frustration.
It was a true pleasure to reconnect with Emilie, the fabulous organizer, as well as Diana, Donna and Evelyn who I had met over the past 18 months during various workshops. Getting to know Florence, Arielle, Karen, Judy, Nola, Janice, Helen and Cherryl was fantastic and I feel I said good bye to many new friends.
Pictures speak a thousand words, I hope you enjoy today’s slideshow, a good representation of my four day workshop in Grand Forks, BC. I am back in Alberta running errands, checking out sewing machines and getting ready for Quilt Canada in Lethbridge. Hope to see you there!
Glad to see the landscapes and that people are still into that aspect of quilting and art. It makes me happy that you are teaching this class also. Looking forward to Sept and being with you and all of our friends. It has been a very quiet year for me but am finally feeling artist and doing a couple of projects, along with quilts and place mats ( not my thing). Enjoy the summer at the lake and will see you at the open house. Leona
Leona, this class is based on landscape images or architectural structures with distressed surfaces. Participants incorporate a variety of recycled and up-cycled products to achieve specific textures. Wish you could have been there, the images don’t do the work justice! – See you at the Open Studio next month. My summer at the lake is a “no summer at the lake” – I am on the road for most of it…
Looks like it was a marvellous event!
It was a very creative and energetic time. Most participants were close to finishing, just needed to trim and apply the facing. Donna finished her under water turtle scene completely! Hope you are enjoying some pre-summer weather as well, Minnie!
Creston is my home town. There used to be an adorable quilt store in Creston in an old church with lots of character, but not enough quilters to sustain it. We were there on the long weekend. You are always welcome to stop when in Calgary if need be, would love to see you. I am always amazed with your wealth of knowledge and talent.
Hi Shirley, we missed you by a day driving trough Creston! Wish that quilt shop was still astound… It would make a wonderful destination stop for traveling quilters! Looking forward to seeing you soon!