Today was the first full day of my four day class with Janice Vaine at The Applique Academy. I opted to shorten my visit this year to avoid having to be away from work (or rather, to avoid having to work through another vacation!), so I am only taking the main conference class. Our block is not my "thing" - it involves a person and I absolutely hate putting people on quilts - but the stitches and techniques we are learning are wonderful! I don't have much to show for my time so far as we are mainly working to build a stitch reference book, but it has been lots of fun!
After class ended today we were treated to a presentation by Faye Labinaris, one of my favorite teachers. She presented a trunk show of "Cover Girls", the quilts featured on the covers of her many books. She is a very entertaining speaker!
Sorry about the blurry pictures - we weren't able to get a seat in the front and I only brought my little point-and-shoot camera along. After Faye's presentation, we were treated to a bunch of wonderful quilts during show-and-tell. There was a particularly wonderful group of quilts from a teacher in Massachusetts and her students. We are hoping to get those displayed again tomorrow so we can get a better look. Here's a partial picture of one of them:
My friend Pat shared a quilt that she made from blocks exchanged with other friends with whom she has attended the Academy for many years. We had a chance to get a picture of all of them with Elly after the session:
I will be up late tonight practicing the things I learned today - doing my "homework". I have to have something to show for my time in class!