Monday, May 20, 2013

Jamestown Landing, All Day Long!

Two such simple units…who would think they could make such a dynamic quilt?!

It doesn’t matter that the sewing was easy…..these gals worked so hard!  We had quilts in blues, in reds, in browns, golds….even REAL vintage indigos from around 1900 were being used in this quilt and it was fun to see these units coming together!

We met in a mostly abandoned mall in St Charles, Illinois ---a really NICE mall, with no traffic. 

And one by one by one all of the stores inside have either closed or relocated leaving this empty shell that feels strangely like a ghost town.

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Eerie, isn’t it?

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Beautiful, yet vacant!

But our Jamestown Landing class, held in a vacant American Eagle store---was FULL to the gills!

Jamestown Landing is found in my book, String Fling.

The best thing about the store front space?  Look at our cutting table:

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Tall girls rejoice!!

I’m 5’9” and it’s VERY hard to do rotary cutting on a short table…so this was wonderful!

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We spent the morning string piecing away on our background units, and in the afternoon we moved to half square triangles….it takes a lot of units and a lot of VARIETY before the gals could start building their broken dishes units and then turn those into stars with dark star points, and stars with light star points….you could tell we were getting tired and punchy by late afternoon when we couldn’t see how to turn those triangles correctly anymore!

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Jamestown Landing, St Charles IL 2013
Today is a crazy busy huge day! We start out with a Pineapple Blossom workshop...but this evening is the biggy!  It's the spring banquet for the Prairie Star Quilt Guild...and they have over 200 people coming to the banquet where I am presenting a lecture and trunk show tonight.

It sounds like it's going to be a very fun evening ((It's always good when food is involved!!)) and I'm sure I'll be pooped by tonight!

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Kim said...

I bet it wasn't easy to find sandals there! I see more and more deserted malls and stores.....was this one ever up and running? It looks brand new.
I wonder when our country will recover.

Looks like a happy group :0)
Safe travels

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Every one of those combos are stunning! And that mall...there is a school or college ready made...Brilliant idea for class space though.

Kim Andrews said...

The mall looks wonderful. So sorry they chose to move out of there. And I LOVE the cutting area. Definitely a plus for us tall gals!

stitchinggrandma said...

Wow; what great space. The fun of working together; all the humming of the machines and the chatter!! Love this pattern~!!~

GEMI said...

Me gusta su blog y lo visito con frecuencia, pero no se ingles. ¿ Seria posible que pusiera gadget
Traductor? Seria mucho mas facil entender las exlicaciones desde cualquier soporte movil. Muchas gracia

Back Porch Extras said...

What fun you gals must of had! Love the pattern when finished.

Sandie Rosenthal said...

I went to high school near St. Charles in La Fox, IL. The school, Broadview Academy is no longer running either, how sad. Glad you were able to have a great place tho.

Beth said...

That mall looks beautiful. So sad to see it empty. Looks like a great place to sew though. As always the pics are so inspiring.

Jayne Athey said...

I am so inspired every time I look at your blog!! Love all the pictures!!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Such a great place for a sewing class! Looks like a grand time was had by all. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your day with us, I enjoy your posts so much and get so inspired by all the ladies and the great pictures. Big Hugs...

margaret said...

good to see all the ladies had made, great video

Leah said...

Ooooh, the next to last photo with the shaded string blocks - that's a cool (and clever) effect!!