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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Teaching at the Flying Needles Retreat

It's almost hard to see me - I'm surrounded by Pickles - Pink and Purple!!  What fun I had as I spent two days at the Flying Needles Quilt Retreat in Niceville, FL and had the privilege of  teaching a wonderful group of women.  A special thanks goes to my host Kathy, who was also the Chairman of the quilt show and retreat.  Needless to say, she was so busy I didn't even get her picture.  But I want to share a few pictures of the classes.  
The first class I taught was this log cabin variation.  The committe had seen a picture of the quilt and asked if I could teach it.  I designed it using EQ7 -it's based on an Accuquilt pattern.
We were at the Northwest Florida State College.  I had a small classroom and a full class but we made it work and had a blast.  We had several mother and daughter sets which was very fun.
Below is a picture of the West Virginia group.  They were so productive and helpful - thanks for the tips!
I loved seeing everyone's color choices.  They made fun of me when they kept hearing me say "Oh, that's my favorite color" each time I saw their fabic choices.  But their projects were all so pretty and so different.  
Isn't it fun to see everyone's strips laid out?  They had quite an assembly line going.
My class helper Shirlee was so busy and I somehow missed getting a picture of her - sorry Shirlee.
On Saturday, I taught a class on Pink Pickles.  I made the class sample Purple Pickles last fall using some different techniques so they could get idea possibilites.
This class worked very hard as they chose which colors would go where and then learned the paper piecing technique. 
We spent a lot of time discussing different setting options.

How I loved spending the day seeing Pink Pickles hanging in the room.

Here are 9 of the 10 blocks done - I was so prould of all their hard work.
My friend Janan sent this picture of me teaching - I sure hope I was saying something important LOL!!
A big thank you to all my students - you were great sports and I hope you learned a lot.
Happy Stitching,
Karen

10 comments:

Karen said...

How fun! I love your pink pickle the best! What is it with me liking pink so well lately?

Julierose said...

Oh how wonderful--I love your pink pickle, too; those class pickles look great--Do you have a pattern for this paper piecing?? the log cabin is a new one to me and it is striking. Glad you had fun, too...hugs, Julierose

Angie said...

I know taking a class with you would be so much fun!

audrey said...

How fun for you! Your Pink Pickles is my favorite quilt of yours.:)

Nifty Quilts said...

Congratulations! Looks like you're teaching your students well. I can't say that I'm surprised!

Janan said...

I have to agree with everyone, I love Pink Pickles!! The quilt show & retreat in Niceville were very well done. I commend all the ladies there. You had an awesome classroom with lots of lighting and each student had her own table! You did a fantastic job teaching the class and I know everyone had fun! You took paper piecing and made it fun.

Ruth said...

The pickles quilt is so amazing! It would be fun to attend one of your classes!

CecileD said...

Congratulations Karen !! Your Log is so awesome....and so original ! I love it....

LuAnn said...

This looks like so much fun. I wish I lived closer....I'd have been right there with you. Your quilts are just beautiful.

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