Onward in the USA…..
Next stop – Manchester, New Hampshire
I was invited by The Quilters Gathering to run three workshops – two one day classes – Eva Grace and Melon, Lime and Bitters and a two day class – Confetti.
I expected it to be cold in Manchester after Houston – but was pleasantly surprised to find the sun shining and we were able to walk around without coats!
My first class was Melon, Lime and Bitters. I was appalled surprised to hear that there were no breaks for morning and afternoon tea!!! So I explained to my class how we do this in Australia – morning tea break around 10:30am with tea/coffee/scones/cakes, then lunch, then afternoon tea break at around 3:30am with, again, tea/coffee/cakes/slices. I must have whinged enough because I had the same women in my third class and guess what? Yes, they brought cakes, slices, teas, coffees, and even a kettle for morning and afternoon tea – civilised again!!
My second class was a very large group doing Eva Grace. We were so privileged to be visited by Marjorie Lydecker. Marjorie is in her 90s and still sews every day. She wanted to meet me and I have to say I was mighty impressed with her work and so honoured to get to meet her too.
The last two days were spent working on Confetti – and of course morning and afternoon tea! It was sad to say goodbye to the good friends that I’d made whilst I was there – but you never know – I may be back some time…..
From there I spent time with Gayle. This was almost like “internet dating”! I met Gayle on Instagram – she and a group of quilters were working on Auntie Green. Gayle knew I would be in her area (Vermont) and invited me to stay with them – or did I invite myself? I knew from Gayle’s IG posts that she would be gorgeous – and she was lovely. I was so well looked after – even having my own little “apartment” for the two nights that I was there. I met with a group of her friends and we did a mini clamshell class.
Then it was on to Tampa for a trunk show and two day workshop with the Feather Princesses. They are one of the BEST run applique groups I have ever had the privilege of working with. Dorothy and her friend Laura loved applique and decided to sew together. Pretty soon they had friends asking if they could join and that group is now made up of 100+ quilters!! I felt that I was “preaching to the converted” as most of the members do beautiful work. But we managed to share lots of techniques together – new and old. Thank you Janet and Dorothy for looking after me so well – and thanks to everyone who attended my trunk show and workshops and for making my time with you so special.
Next stop – Charlottesville………..