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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Smith Mountain Morning at VCQ!

It felt really weird writing this title – Smith Mountain Lake is the place that gave Smith Mountain Morning it’s name over 2 years ago ---and it’s nice to be able to teach this quilt at the place where the top first came together while sewing in my room the last time I taught here!

You would think the ladies ((and one gentleman!)) might be moving a bit slower after all the crazy quilt-charged hours we’ve had since everyone arrived on Thursday --- but NO! There were no tails dragging, no eyes drooping – everyone was gung-ho to go!

I’ve shown photos of this class before. I don’t want to bore anyone with details ---sometimes I feel like a complete broken record, but I love love love when people start playing with their fabrics, show and share what they’ve brought – tell stories about the history of that piece of fabric and why they’ve chosen to finally sew it up into something --- see the sharing and swapping going on—it’s just wonderful to behold!

Several of these ladies I’ve had classes with before ---one of the Judys confessed to this being her 4th class with me ---and I was really humbled! She must be having a good time, or she wouldn’t be coming back and subjecting herself to such scrappy chaos, right? RIGHT?!

The neatest thing they do the first night here is have a show and tell of all the completed quilts that were started in classes at the PREVIOUS VCQ Celebration –2 years ago. I was so happy to see so many Boxy Stars and Pineapple Blossoms being shown ----and it hit me….we really HAVE stepped it up this year, because those two quilts were fairly simple and although fun, very BASIC ---

While the two quilts I taught this weekend…I can see that we really have stepped things up in intensity ---and they are still hanging in there!

So without further ado --- here are the pics from yesterday’s Smith Mountain Morning Workshop:

This morning is Show and Tell, and then we pack it all up and head home.

The time went SO SO SO Fast! I’ve met quilting instructors I’ve always admired, I reconnected with friends I haven’t seen in a couple of years.

I took long early morning walks, ate great food, took in the beauty of the surrounding area ---I feel rejuvenated and renewed!

And I would love to do it again if they’ll have me!

The car is packed --- when today’s closing gathering is through I”ll be on the road headed back towards home and family -----

It’s been a good weekend indeed!

26 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:29 AM EDT

    Don't ever think we're getting bored. I love your slide shows. Very pretty, good job and all of that.
    Safe trip home.
    Maryella

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  2. Anonymous7:41 AM EDT

    Smith Mountain is so beautiful. I'm looking forward to the next VCU.
    gauen at MBC dot edu

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  3. Anonymous9:21 AM EDT

    I can't open the slideshow because I am getting a window to sign up for Skydrive. Is this a new app for the slideshow?

    Karen
    Corona, Ca

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    1. Anonymous11:18 AM EDT

      I can't open it either:-(

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  4. Anonymous9:48 AM EDT

    I can't open the slideshow, either.

    Judy, WY

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  5. Anonymous9:54 AM EDT

    Looks like a Windows app download is needed to view the slideshow . . . never needed this before. But I am glad to read that I am not the only one that can't view it. Sorry for the redundancy of this message. Cheryl, NE

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  6. Anonymous10:02 AM EDT

    Am so sorry I didn't sign up for this Celebration!! It is always such a fun weekend and you are such a fun teacher. I love your blog.

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  7. Anonymous10:04 AM EDT

    You are never boring. I love your cheery attitude and amusing stories on a daily basis. And your quilts are amazing. A wonderful start to my day . . . a cup of coffee, a Bonnie Hunter blog and a quilt sitting at the ready by my machine, ready to go as soon as I finish reading blogs. Enjoy your day, and safe travels. aschaefer24 at yahoo dot com

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  8. Can't open the slideshow either, but the thumbnail pics look terrific!! sigh One more reason to pout that I didn't attend VCQ Celebration!! I hope to be there next time though

    Lori in VA

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  9. So sad, I can't view it either. I love looking at all the pics. Can I have a hissy fit now?

    Marsha

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  10. Something is messed up with the slideshow; even signed up for Windows SkyDrive....now it tells me I don't have your permission to view the slide show....uh......don't you just love computer improvements.....

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  11. Yeah...can't see the slide show, either. :(

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  12. Where can we find the pattern for Smith Mountain Morning? I'd love to use this pattern to bust through my stash. Thanks! :)

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  13. Sue in Scottsdale, AZ1:13 PM EDT

    I'm with the majority - I can't open the slideshow. I'm using a Mac. I downloaded a program (I think it is Microsoft Silverlight) you told us about many months ago and since then I have never had a problem until today. I love Smith Mountain Morning. The thumbnails look great!

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  14. I want to make this quilt. It is beautiful.

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  15. Can't open pics here either. I don't really like being forced to sign up for something I didn't want, so I'll wait and see what the deal is.

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  16. I can't open it either. Signed up for Window's live like it said to do, then I was told that the show was no longer available or deleted! Bummer. Had to settle for the thumbnails.

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  17. Windows live is wxperiencIng issues. I have no control over it. I'm aware of the situation and hope they can fix it soon!

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  18. The slide show is now operating and I think it's very impressive! The gentleman quilter with his block is adorable. Nice work, everyone!

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  19. Beautiful slide show and beautiful blocks!

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  20. Bonnie: Thank you for your Quips & Snips. I especially enjoy your antiquing and your Kindle freebies. A question: In which book is your Smith Mountain Morning quilt?

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  21. Wow what a great group of folks making beautiful blocks. I love looking at the slideshow! I saw some of my old fabrics in the blocks. Fun :)

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  22. FINALLY! I was able to watch your slideshow this morning. It still wouldn't work yesterday, but I am used to that - our internet access is ANTIQUE in the boonies!!!

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