This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday I was on a three-day quilt retreat at the Spacecoast Convention Center in Cocoa, FL. Luckily, it was only 15 minutes from my home, so I didn't have to reserve a room at the hotel or board my doggie. My girlfriend, Mona, also went. We had a blast and met many new friends!
They split us up into three groups of approximately 20-25 per group. Mona and I were in the Blue group. The most wonderful thing about the retreat was that we had to bring absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g! They supplied all the brand new Bernina machines, scissors, thread, kits, everything...including breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. All we had to do was show up! :o) The first day our group was in the embroidery class with designer, Claudia Dinnell.
Her work is gorgeous! I bought a "few" embroidery patterns to take home, of course. We worked on a flamingo she designed for the class to show us how to merge split hoop designs. We were able to write whatever we wanted on the billboard sign. Lots of fun!
The second day our group was with Alex Anderson herself! She is so sweet! We had a quilt kit for a star quilt she designed. Learned lots of new techniques in her class. Only got so much done in class, so now I need to finish assembling it.
That evening, she gave a lecture and slideshow presentation. It was a wonderful lecture about Alex herself and how she became a quilter and where it took her. Then a few of us went out to a late dinner afterwards. More fun! Day three brought me waayy out of my comfort zone, where we made an Art Quilt with teacher, Nina McVeigh. We were all given identical kits, yet everyone's was soooo different. I enjoyed playing and just "going for it" but I don't see myself doing it again. I'm definitely a "traditional" girl. The most I would go out of my comfort zone is a "modern" quilt. LOL!
I am a retired 57-year old widow with two lovely, grown daughters. I am also blessed with a wonderful teenaged grandson, and two beautiful teenaged step-granddaughters, or granddaughters-in-love, as I choose to view it. *Grin* Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.