What fun~ Gwen is here on the east coast for the first time since I move here 9 years ago. She is visiting both of my guilds in addition to 3 others. We are all thrilled to see her.
We started the day by looking at some of the quilts that Gwen brought with her. The workshop we were taking was the Nineteenth Century Folk Art Appliqué class.
I never tire of looking at and studying these quilts based on motifs and styles from the 19 century. The quilting is lovely and lively.
This one was machine quilted by Sue Nickels - beautiful.
I was happy to see this one again. I'd like to try the liberated sawtooth border one day.
This quilt is one of the collaborative quilts made with Freddie Moran.
A good backing if ever there was one.
Gwen demonstrated simple sketching techniques to use as a road map for small projects.
Paper cutting flower and star shapes -
Let me pause here just to say that after being a student of Gwen's for almost 20 years I am even more impressed by how fresh and fun her approach is. I am so grateful that she gives quilters "permission" to make their own designs. To use what works for them as quilters and not demand it be "her way".
I can not fully express how invaluable these lessons have been to me over the years and often I employ them in my work. I would not be on the quilt journey I am without the 5 years of Gwen's Fall Retreat and her influence.
Here are some of my friends pieces at the workshop.
Susan H's pineapple
Ann's vase of flowers
Susan Mc'Ds Flowers
Jill's spring basket - how cute are those pussy willows?
I decided to make a quilt about my puppy; coco. She doesn't fetch, but loves to "pick" flowers in the yard and chase the bunny.
After admiring all the fun flower pieces, I composed this.
When Gwen wanted to demonstrate an appliqué sawtooth border, naturally I volunteered my piece. hey, I'm no dummy.
Friday she'll be lecturing at my guild The Brownstone Quilters. Saturday I'll be taking her liberated basket workshop.
After joking with Gwen about sitting at the heels of "the master" and also that the "sheep had returned to the shepherd", Betsy took this photo of us cracking up.
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Gwen gave me permission to share her big news. Gwen told me they have a saying in the Auto Industry in Michigan; 30 and out.
Next year (2013) will be Gwen's 30th Annual Quilt Retreat and she will passing on the torch. Retreaters will be relieved to learn that Sue Nickels and Pat Holly will be taking over the reigns. These sisters have been attendees and friends with Gwen for years. She reassured me that the retreat will be in good hands and will continue in the tradition of inspiration, information, friendships and fun!
See you soon for another report on Gwen's East Coast Tour.