East coast adventures always start with a red eye. If I am lucky, I will have just one stop and about twelve hours of travel. Each time I do it, I get a little more organized and a little more focused on using that time wisely. I used to knit and read Maisie Dobbs novels but that is all over now. I have been using these hours in the air to work, and I can feel the difference it is making in my productivity.
I arrived at Quilting by the Lake (QBL) to find a suite full of roommates. Quilting royalty!
We immediately dove into engaging conversations and witty antics. Well, maybe that was only according to us—but it was very fun.
Teachers and students stay in student housing on the Onondaga Community College campus in Syracuse, NY. We each have our own bedroom and share a bath with one other person. The commons area has a full kitchen and living room. I was quite comfortable. Those who drive bring extra things—cooking pots and decorated Christmas trees. Yes. Really.
Classes run for a full five days with entertainment in the evenings. Everything is located on campus. I love it. I could walk everywhere. And it was nice and hot.
Lunches and dinners are at the campus cantina. This can be terrible for desert fiends, but I kept things under control. After the first day, I had found my options and stuck with them.
This week of extreme quilting fun starts with a banquet dinner and then a lecture. This year’s lecturer was Kathy Doughty—quilt teacher, writer, fabric designer, and shop owner from down under. You folks think I am busy—she even does yoga on a regular basis. Meeting Kathy was one of those, dang I know I am on my right path because I just met you moments. That sounds weird, but true. Kathy is kind, generous, an full of awesomeness.
My students were focused sponges.
You really need to have taken one of my other workshops before hand.
The final three days were Making Prints out of Solids.
We concluded the week with individual walking consults for each student who wanted one.
I really liked meeting individually with each student away from the classroom.
It was all good.
With the last bit of class time, we did a sharing of the work made during our five days together.
Some where in the middle of all this, we went to see Circular Abstractions. WOWZA.
If you get a chance to see this show, make it happen. The originality of each design, connected to the central theme of BULLS EYE, plus the largess of the pieces make for one DYNAMIC, THAT’S A BEAUTY, KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF, SHOW.
The entire experience was joy. My students were awesome.
If you are a quilter on the east coast,–well, really anywhere, but if you live on the east coast you have no excuse for not attending. You deserve this experience. It is summer camp, maker space, and therapy all rolled into one. Check it out here.