Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New England Quilt Weekend

I had a great time last week away on the much cooler east coast!(although a little humid with an occasional refreshing rain shower) First I was encouraged and inspired by a great five-day Summer Institute workshop at UNC, Chapel Hill led by Mary Lynn. I met some wonderful people and learned a lot. Main take away message: I can and WILL do this!

After the workshop, just a hop north on Southwest Airlines landed me in Providence, RI late Friday night. Quilter friend Coral was my devoted hostess for a lovely weekend in her rural Massachusetts get away-quilt studio! She coordinated a quilt day with friends on Saturday. I met / renewed acquaintance with lovely, talented and inspiring quilters.

Each quilter participated making quilt blocks for a "Quilt Friends are a gift" wall hanging. Inspired by Moda Bake Shop Pattern "Each Day is a Gift."

Gina taught me how to make a cute little fabric wallet and made the best wild rice chicken salad for the delicious potluck lunch. We all enjoyed sewing away all day on various projects including the flower bag pictured here.

Sunday afternoon included a trip to the New England Quilt Museum and a late lunch at a Greek restaurant in Lowell, MA. The current exhibition included Maine's Quilt Heritage and pieces of the AQS Study Group Star Quilts Challenge. Those small wall quilts inspired by 19th century star quilts were delightful. Pictures from this trip shown here.

Monday included more work on the wall quilt, Coral's work on a round robin project, and various other fun projects! Coral also took me on a mini shophop to Appletree Fabrics in Auburn and the Charleton Sewing Center in Charlton, MA while scalloped potatoes and ham summered in the crockpot at home. The Center is located in a decommissioned church complete with stained glass and a pipe organ! Take a stroll inside... The owner played the hymn Amazing Grace on the organ by request. Wow!

I had such a nice time all weekend! We ate lots of yummy food and made many fond memories and gained personal insights that will be preserved. Thanks Coral!!

1 comment:

Cousin Brenda said...

I love that you had such a great time. When you're here in a few months, we'll endeavor to feed you just as well. I'll take you to New Moon Textiles and the fabric district downtown if you'd like.