Sunday, March 22, 2015

VCQ March Meeting

Last weekend the Virginia Consortium of Quilters met in Williamsburg for our quarterly meeting.  My friend and I arrived Friday afternoon after a couple of stops at quilt shops.  The sun was out (for a while) and the temperature wasn't too bad so after checking into the hotel we drove downtown to the Colonial section and walked Duke of Gloucester Street.  By then the clouds had started to move in and the wind was picking up but it was still a pleasant afternoon for walking after sitting in the car most of the day.  There were several groups of students on field trips enjoying themselves.  It's always fun to visit Colonial Williamsburg.
Saturday was our workshop and meeting day.  There were 4 great classes to choose from plus a group working on our community service project and others in Come Quilt with Me.  Here are some pictures from show & tell at the end of the day.
 Sherry Whitford taught a class on thread painting.
 Martha Berry taught Little Layered Landscapes (above & below).

 Paula Dean taught free-motion machine quilting (above & below).
Alice Ridge taught Mock Molas.  Since this is the class I was in, I don't have pictures from show & tell.  But below is the piece I started in class.  The black background will be totally stitched and probably the interior of the bird too.  It was an easy and fun technique class.
Another fun part of the day occurred during the business meeting when "Madam Crystal" appeared to see what she could discern in the crystal ball about Celebration 2016.  She was able to see through the mist and reveal that one of the teachers coming to Smith Mountain Lake in April 2016 will be Victoria Findlay Wolfe with her scrappy modern quilts.  Check out her blog to learn more about this national teacher.  If you come to our May meeting, you may hear Madam Crystal reveal another teacher's name.  Registration for this always popular event begins at the August meeting.
I hope you'll join us in May at Blackstone Methodist retreat center.  The next newsletter with registration and workshop information will be out soon!  Watch for your email if you are a member, or check the VCQ website where it will be posted.

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