Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to Ft Lauderdale and taught at a retreat with Angie Steveson and Carol Ann Waugh. Wow, I had a blast! Let’s begin by saying this always freezing cold girl was headed somewhere warm! Oh yeah! The only downside was that it was the perfect weather for doing my favorites thing in the world, besides quilting, which is playing golf. The mild temperatures and the bright shining sun teased me with their amazing golfing conditions. I made a silent pact with weather gods of Ft Lauderdale that I would return, in the not so far off future, with golf clubs and a tee time calling my name.
The hub of where I taught was “One Upon A Quilt”. This fabulous store is owned by Lisa Stevens. If you are ever in Ft Lauderdale and have any interest in quilting you MUST visit her shop! I’ve included a quick video so that anyone that might be traveling her way can see what they are missing. Trust me you don’t want to miss an opportunity to see what her establishment has to offer, I’m hoping that she invites me back very soon!
What does 60 fabulous quilters plus 3 days equal? An extraordinary amount of incredible quilting! Angie Stevenson was the embroidery guru, Carol Ann Waugh was the stitching queen, and me; the quilting goddess… lol.
Each day we were presented with 20 new fresh quilters. The three of us taught our specialty. I’ll admit not everyone was thrilled to learn quilting with use of rulers. Many stated that they quilt by check, but I eventually brought 99.99999% of them to the ruler side of quilting. Moreover, now having learned this process they have obtained an appreciation for what their quilters must accomplish. At the retreats conclusion it appeared everyone was leaving with a lot of useful information and techniques. I may have actually created some quilting monsters, or at least I hope I did! It was very impressive to witness how talented these individuals were; even the ones who quilted by check…
My second class was by far my rowdiest group. And I mean that in the best of ways. Note the picture below.
Did I drive them all to drink? Is that picture a good thing or a bad thing?
I wonder what are your thoughts on that, please share!