Okay - here it is: The first installment of my fantastic trip to Primitives of the Midwest. While I am still no where near caught up with myself, I just couldn't stand to not share all that I saw, did . . . and bought in Missouri and Kansas last week.
After a pretty easy (but late flight) and a short drive in from the airport, I was ready for the fun to begin. On Wednesday evening Quilter's Station hosted an event kick-off at the shop. Judy and I arrived a touch early in order to complete our registration, pick up our 'goody box' and shop. The box held our name tags and lanyard, the book - Cranberry Collection, a journal, pen and chocolates. There was barely enough time to run that out to the car, make a quick perusal of the shop before it was time to take a seat.
Each of the teachers had been asked to bring the first quilt they made and give a little description of their quilting journey. It was very entertaining - to say the least. And so good to know that everyone has struggles with techniques along the way. Then we were treated to a viewing of samples for every class that would held over the four days.** Wow - if only there had been time to be in each class . . . not a clinker in the bunch. Next was trunk show of hooked rugs by two ladies - Marilyn and Minerva (last names I can't recall) Such beautiful work - the detail in each piece was mind boggling yet they all had a wonderful primitive, folk-art flair.
This is a picture of some of the things from the goody box and parts of the purchases I made during my stay - a couple of patterns, two make-it and take-it kits made especially for the retreat. I picked up a book on Missouri Civil War stories as a souvenir for Hubby and an ABC book specific to the area (we collect these as we travel,) a jar filled with buttons, a painted metal box and a couple of new dish towels. There there was the wool. Wool, wool, wool - in such beautiful colors, in such large sizes. I think I picked up at least a small piece everywhere I stopped. I'll share my fabric purchases in another post.
Finally - Thursday morning arrived - the first day of classes. Iwas signed up for a class with Cherie Ralston. The project is a sewing kit. Now I have to admit here that while I had seen a photo of the project, photos can be deceiving. I had in my mind a little wool needle case - and I was very happy with that. This is a real sewing kit! With three inserts to hold all sorts of quilting necessaries. Once it is done, I will be able to travel far and wide with what I can hold inside this piece.
Cherie is a delightful teacher. She put up with me and my limited wool knowledge - did you know that wool can be torn? After a quick demo to get me up to speed, she quickly saw I was anxious to try it out myself. The piece went together very easily. In just a 3 hour class I had the construction complete and all the applique pieces ready to stitch down. A great way to feel successful right out of the chute.
Here is my piece - almost complete. I have only the berries to applique in place. The beading embellishments are my first try at that also. I never fancied myself as one who would embellish anything (I'm A Simple Girl - remember) but that was fun.
On the inside I'm adding my initials and the year. Guess what? I cut the letters and numbers free-hand. I'm may be getting quite full of myself, but the retreat was so inspiring that I really feel like I have to try to stretch myself just a little.
Okay - this takes us only until noon of the first day. Stay tuned - there's so much more fun to tell about.
**I'm afraid that I won't be sharing photos from the evening because I don't want to infringe on the work of these outstanding designers.
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