In the December 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, executive editor Jennifer Keltner describes her quilting cruise adventure organized by Stitchin’ Heaven Travel. But that’s just one type of quilting adventure. Here are a few more retreats and trips to help you take your quilting passion to the next level! We’d love to know what quilting adventures are on your quilting bucket list. Share them with us in the comments below!
1. Magic Fabrics, Special Effects Retreat. Join Christine E. Barnes, author of The Quilter’s Color Club (C&T Publishing; ctpub.com; 2011) for this retreat June 17–20, 2012 in South Shore Lake Tahoe, California. Learn to create the special effects of transparency, opalescence, luster, and depth using fabrics that have light and life, all in a gorgeous Lake Tahoe setting. Visit christinebarnes.com for more information.
2. John C. Campbell Folk School. This year-round school of folk arts in Brasstown, North Carolina, offers weeklong and weekend classes in fiber arts—including quilting—as well as music, cooking, gardening, and more. Besides experiencing an in-depth learning opportunity, you’ll eat meals made with ingredients from the school’s organic gardens, enjoy concerts and chair messages, and explore the 300-acre campus located in the Great Smoky Mountain foothills. Visit folkschool.org for more information.
3. Cultured Expressions Jamaica Retreat. Experience an intimate quilting retreat focused on landscape quilts led by designer and author Lisa Shepard Stewart. The next one is April 25–30, 2012 at Jackie’s on the Reef in Negril, Jamaica. After a day of general instruction, work with Lisa at your own pace and enjoy holistic spa treatments. A variety of batiks from Ghana are available for use, and students are welcome to work on other projects. Visit culturedexpressions.com for more information.
4. Empty Spools Seminars. These five-day quilting workshops, held five times a year at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, allow students to immerse themselves in the quilting topic of their choice. The workshops are led by well-known teachers. Hours of dedicated workshop time, teacher and student show-and-tell, and beautiful coastal views make this experience an escape from the everyday. Visit emptyspoolsseminars.com for more information.
5. Sew Many Places. From Batiking in Bali to Quilting Under the Tuscan Sun, this quilting travel company helps quilters see the world. Guided by Jim West and other experienced travel planners, quilters can choose from a number of upcoming trips to India, Africa, Egypt, China, and more. Be sure to also check out the company’s Ireland tours departing from a number of cities in the United States, Canada, England, and other countries to coincide with the first-ever International Quilt Festival of Ireland scheduled for June 7–10, 2012. Visit sewmanyplaces.com for more information.
6. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. See more than 1,300 quilts from around the world spread around the town of Sisters, Oregon, at this one-day festival, known as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show. Founded by Jean Wells Keenan 37 years ago, this year’s event will be held July 14, 2012. Visit sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org for more information.
7. Sew Many Options Tours. Led by Marsha McClintock, this travel company specializes in tours geared to women who love sewing, fashion, and travel. Trips to the Sewing & Stitching Expo in Puyallup, Washington, and the fashion district in New York City are on the schedule for 2012. Visit saf-t-pockets.com for more information.
What other quilting adventures are on your bucket list? Tell us in the comments below!
Ever wondered how to turn a quilt into a greeting card?
Using a tip from reader Jenedel Wilcox of Frankfort, Michigan, we used an ornament template to trim a photo of a quilt into a shape for this holiday greeting card. To re-create this look, follow these steps.
1. Take a photo of your quilt. It helps to have someone hold up your quilt or lay it on a flat surface while you’re taking the picture so the quilt looks relatively flat and not wavy or rippled.
2. Print a 4×6″ photo of the quilt.
4. Cut out the ornament base, top, front loop, and back loop pieces from the pattern sheet.
5. Using a pencil, trace and cut out the ornament base from the photo.
6. Trace the ornament top, front loop, and back loop pieces onto colored cardstock. (We used the same color of cardstock for the front loop piece as we used for the card foundation.)
7. Fold a 10-1/2″x7-1/4″ piece of cardstock in half to create a card foundation.
8. Adhere the cut-out shapes onto the front of card foundation. (We mounted the ornament base onto a red scalloped circle cut slightly larger than the base to make it pop.)
9. Embellish the card with rickrack, ribbon, scalloped cardstock strips, and stitching. Add a sticker or printed greeting.
Using these same general instructions, you can use any template to make a greeting card. Click here for more holiday-theme templates or visit ScrapbooksEtc.com for more free templates for other themes. See the December 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for more Tips from Readers.
I have some SUPER exciting news! My Guest Vanessa Wilson (interviewed July 4, 2011) was JUST interviewed for the 20/20 TV show!
Yes THAT 20/20 ! They did a segment on moms on youtube with tutorials. One does braided hair, one cooks, and our Crafty Gemini Vanessa was also featured!
CLICK HERE to watch the clip from 20/20 from Sept 24, 2011.
And if you remember, when I interviewed Vanessa she was pregnant and expecting baby number two. Her healthy baby girl, Allie Reina, was born and is doing great!
CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with her on July 4, 2011. I do believe I interviewed her before 20/20.. wink!