Sunday, October 09, 2011

Aye, Aye–Quilters!

I’ve taught in some very interesting places! From historical churches, to lodges to backs of restaurants, to schools, and even a casino!

But this is the first time I’ve taught in a Naval Academy!

Our workshop yesterday was held in Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy in Leonardtown, MD.

How many high schools do YOU know that have big guns right out side of the main building?

Leonard Hall has been around since 1909 --- and proudly shows it:

lexingtonparkmd_2011 018

From the moment you walk in, you know you are in a school with a different kind of focus than “regular” schools. There are posters on the walls about honor, dignity, and serving.

One poster read something like “I will not lie, cheat or steal, and vow to remove myself from those who do” or something of the sort, and I couldn’t help but think that our politicians ought to take the same oath. If I think of it today, I’ll get a picture of it. It was really good!

lexingtonparkmd_2011 016

Of course, you even feel like you are in the navy when headed to the ladies rest room!

lexingtonparkmd_2011 017

Okay! I’ll be sure not to do that! And yes, I had a hard time NOT humming the Village People’s “In The Navy” song out loud!

lexingtonparkmd_2011 020

The room had great light and a wonderful bank of windows……it was a gorgeous day outside, but we enjoyed it from the inside looking out!

I admit I was derelict in my duties as far as chief photographer goes! I was so busy showing different lay outs of the Bricks In The Barnyard blocks that I forgot to take more pics than I did! But we had a great time.

Sometimes being too busy having fun sewing is a good thing!


Some of us had to skeedaddle a bit early, and while we were packing it up, it was suggested that we grab whoever was left and do a quick group photo. I think this one turned out rather nice! Just love these smiling faces!

Afterwards, several of us headed over to Michelle’s Quilts for some more fabric replenishment therapy:


Nothing like being stormed by a whole gaggle of quilters to make a shop owner happy! LOL!! That’s Michelle, second from the left! We sure kept her busy for a while!

Thanks for a great day ladies! I’m looking forward to our second workshop today! And I better get a move on or I’ll be late for my own class :c)


  1. I feel like I should salute now!
    Looks like fun.

  2. My girlfriends daughter went to that jr. academy then went onto graduate from Annapolis, Md. home of the US Naval Academy!

    Looks like you all had a great time!
    Are you turning them into scrapaholics too? :0)

    Happy sewing

  3. I wish I could have been with you today...of course that means I'd have been visiting my parents too! I've met these ladies and been to Michele's Shop too. I was surprised no showing of food! They do know how to put on a great meal in Southern Maryland. My Mom will be with you Sunday...have a wonderful stay! Sandi

  4. Good to see that black vintage sewing machine there! They are such work horses!

  5. I used to have the Naval Academy as a customer and had to call on them periodically. Love Annapolis but I really loved watching the midshipmen in their whites as they walked or marched around the grounds. I mean I REALLY liked it!


  6. Lucky you -- I *so* miss downtown Annapolis and the Academy. I have such fond memories of the dances at the Academy when I was a mere youth! ;) Hope you're having a blast!!! :)

  7. Just made your Ooey, gooey pecan bars for Sunday dessert and they were a big hit! Everybody loved them! This post looks like it was a great time for everyone too.

  8. That place looks very cozy. Looks like everyone had great time and beautiful quilts too.

  9. I had a fantastic time in this class. I now have a different perspective on scrap fabric. Looking forward to completing this quilt. Hope to see you again in February when you bring your trunk show to Annapolis -- let's hope there isn't any snow to keep you away!


If you are commenting as "anonymous" please leave your name at the end of your comment.

Did you know that ad space on this blog provides for all of the free patterns and free mysteries and challenges at no cost to you? Without ads, this blog would not be possible.

Thank you for understanding the many hours that go into this blog 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year. :)