Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Applique Academy 2014

This year's Applique Academy was by far the best I've attended!  The new facility was absolutely wonderful. There was a little less interaction with other attendees than in years past due to the facility layout, but the beautiful scenery, comfortable beds and outstanding food more than made up for that shortcoming! 

I was in Sandra Leicher's class for two three-day sessions. This was the view from our classroom:

We ate most of our meals at the restaurants on property.  My favorite was the James Landing Grille.  The food was delicious and the view was beautiful.


On Wednesday night we met with Rita to share our progress on our Rising Sun projects. It was very cool seeing several of them together and to see how different they all are! Below are a just a few - Diane's is in the foreground, Ann's at the right edge, and Katie's is upper right.  I'm not sure who the purple and orange version belongs to.

Here Rita is discussing greens with Ann...


And here is Rita's version:

I don't have any of the applique prepped yet - I hope to get started on that this weekend.  I somehow failed to send myself a picture of mine to include here so I will have to post it later (hopefully along with some of the applique!).

I have tons of other photos of quilts to share but will save those for another post. It was such an inspiring week - all I want to do is stitch!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quick Update

I don't have much to show for the last couple of weeks... I have been working on my Rising Sun (still on the first diamond wedge) and on my LeMoyne Stars. I did manage to finish another star block.

That leaves two 12" and seven 6" blocks to go. Unfortunately one of the remaining 12" blocks is a mini-Lone Star...I'm going to be sick of sewing diamonds! 

I did complete the crocheted rug I was working on. I can't share a picture since it was done for Nola's next book, but it turned out very nice and was a lot of fun to work on. I will get it back eventually, but it will take a couple of years.  The crocheting was so relaxing, though, that I'm thinking about making another.

I'm off to the Applique Academy for two classes with Sandra Leichner next week. I am really looking forward to the classes and the vacation, but I am probably most excited about the possibility of seeing green foliage. I've had enough of winter!