What a Week!!!
I spent last week in beautiful Utah for the Garden of Quilts and it exceeded all my expectations! I wanted to put up a blog post about what it was like for any of you who were not able to attend and want to come to the next one. I'm "hearing" it will be the SECOND weekend AFTER Labor Day 2020!!!
First of all, the GARDENS! Riley Blake Designs partnered with Thanksgiving Point and displayed over 1,000 quilts throughout the 55 acre gardens. It was STUNNING! These quilts were sent from makers all over the world and the exhibit included advanced and beginner quilts alike. I even saw some of my own designs hanging in the gardens!
(Hopscotch in Rustic Romance shown above)
If you want to see more of the quilts on display go to Riley Blake Designs on Facebook and check out their Garden of Quilts photo album - it has pictures of 600+ quilts!
The quilt display was beautiful but, believe it or not, that was not the main event. The Garden of Quilts was three days jam packed with amazing classes, demos, trunk show, vendors and more!
I taught three different classes, hosted a trunk show, AND had a vendor booth! Check out the photos below for the quilts we made in each of my classes.
Majestic. For those of you who took my Majestic class, YES!!! I found my quilt! It was home the entire time - never made it in my suitcase! I guess I had a lot on my mind when I was packing for my trip!
If you were in one of my classes, thank you so much for coming! I really enjoyed my time with you!
This lovely student (above) made her VERY FIRST flying geese in my class! She said she specifically chose my class to learn my technique on making a Flying Geese - boy was I honored! And look how perfect it came out!
Check out the adorable "Mini" sewing machine. Her friend, who paints airplanes, painted her little featherweight in homage to Mini (Mouse)!! She was so cute and sewed with "Disney" precision!
My trunk show was at the Waterfall! It was a little warm in the sun but what a beautiful setting!! High five to all the quilters who basked in the sun while I gave the story behind "most" of my designs - they were TOTAL troopers!
The two incredibly talented sisters from Sew Kind of Wonderful, Helen Robinson (no relation - darn it!) and her sister, Jenny Pedigo stopped by during the Meet the Maker to ooh and aah over their Country Chic quilt made out of Gem Stones by Lisa Garber!
HUGE shout out to the (3) Makers that rose to the occasion and sewed some incredible quilts for me to show and share with the attendees at Garden of Quilts all out of Gem Stones:
Lisa Garber (Instagram - @thecurvyquilter)
Diane Merritt (Instagram - @storyofaquiltdesigns)
Amy Brandt (Instagram - @abrandt2)
We'll be highlighting each of these ladies in the near future with all the quilts they sewed for me. I could NOT have done this without them! Thank you ladies - you made my booth and trunk show sparkle and shine!
The Garden of Quilts was truly a unique event within the quilting community and I am already marking my calendar for next September! Sign up for my newsletter to be in the know for the official dates and to be the first to hear about registering for classes!
If I met you at the Garden of Quilts, thank you for an incredible and wonderful week!