The third and final day of Sew Fun was a beehive of stitching activity all day long.
There were several interesting impromptu moments. A couple of years ago, I made a quilt called Dance Party at Tamara’s House. I named the quilt after a super fun evening dancing in Tamara’s unfinished cabin. Her friends pooled their money and bought the quilt for Tamara. It traveled in several shows until I finally brought it out to McCarthy for Tamara to hang in her newly finished cabin.
Because the Old Hardware Store is located in downtown McCarthy–a very popular travel destination in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, we frequently have tourists stop by. At one point a very traditional quilter peaked in to see what we were doing. If I had to describe her reaction to our activities, I would have to say that she was appalled. Fabric was flying, stitchers were cutting without rulers, no one was using a pattern–it was as if a fundamentalist christian had stepped into a witches’ coven. It was an interesting moment for me. I felt a bit chastised, but at the same time, I knew that what I was doing was helping to unleash insane amounts of creativity into the world, and that is always a good thing.
Dinner outside in the July sunshine is always a gift.
Even when I am teaching children, I think it is very important to have a moment at the end where you share your work. It is great fun to see each others work and it is good for all of us to stand up in front of others and say “Hey, I made this!” My friend Jonny Gray calls this The Big TaDa. I hope you enjoy seeing what all these creators made in just three short days.
And finally, I must say that we had a tasty cocktail every night after dinner.
The next Sew Fun Workshop shop will most likely be scheduled for the third weekend of July 2014. I really hope you will think about joining me.