This year's TKDAA conference has sadly come to an end and unfortunately it is now time to get back to the real world and work, but I can't resist taking a few minutes to capture some of the incredible inspiration of the past few days.
The weather in Dallas was chilly but sunny most of the time and the view from the Rockwall Hilton was spectacular! The hotel is located on a large lake and there were actually people out boating most days even though temps were in the 40s and low 50s. Crazy! I much preferred admiring the pretty view while stitching indoors.
I took a Broderie Perse class taught by Cynthia Williford. Cynthia is an outstanding teacher and shared a lot of great historical information on the fabrics and the technique. I have to admit that I still struggle a bit with the technique myself - it is hard for my OCD brain to cut into some images on the fabric when cutting out others and I absolutely have to follow along the line of the image to turn under the background. No smoothing edges or leaving the original background for me! It can make the process very tedious. Nonetheless, I played along and got this far with mine:
We had several beautiful quilts shared in a classroom show & tell session. This one was particularly awesome - a Baltimore in my color palette! Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the person who made it but she is my hero. It was gorgeous!
I borrowed this and the following couple of photos from Cynthia's Facebook posts. Here is our class photo (I'm hiding in the back row as usual). All of the blocks turned out slightly different - it was interesting to see how people changed things up.
We had a lot of time to visit with and learn from the masters during the event. Marylou McDonald presented a lecture on Friday and shared some Baltmore Album history with us. Her quilts were beautiful and very inspiring.
Elly Sienkiewicz joined us for dinner a couple of nights and chatted with us about the book she is trying to work on and other things she would love to accomplish. She is always entertaining!
Above is another picture borrowed from Cynthia - taken after Marylou's program Friday. From left to right: Elly Sienkiewicz, Cynthia Williford and Marylou McDonald. Three icons in the industry!
It was a great week and has inspired a new project... More to come on that later!