Friday, October 12, 2007

What a week!

What a great quilting week it's been! Wednesday was our guild meeting, Champlain Valley Quilter's guild of New York. We had a guest speaker, Karen Eckmeier from The Quilted Lizard. She is such a dynamic speaker, humorous and full of energy. I enjoyed listening to the stories associated with her creations, how she arrived at a particular design. Her work is beautiful to see!

Afterwards we headed it off to Merons, a bar down the street, for our monthly ritual of music, beer and darts. Since I've been hanging out with Jennifer and Lora, my dart game has drastically been improving. I won a game of cricket and 501. What a life skill I have acquired! lol In our excitement and enthusiasm to have fun, all while I proceeded to improve my dart skills, I didn't get home until 3:00 a.m.

I did get up 3 (three) hours later to get dd on the bus and ready my things for a workshop with Karen Eckmeier.

I attended the Happy Villages workshop that was sponsored by the guild. It was a great class! Karen Eckmeier is quite the entertainment! lol

During the creative process, Karen converses with her quilt. It's quite amusing to watch her demonstrate how she builds her village.

She believes that every quilt you create should make you smile. If you are not smiling, the quilt is not finished!

We were approximately 15 in the class and everyone had a different look to their village. It was fun to watch how the various villages came alive as finer details were added.

In keeping with the spirit of the fall season, I chose to do a Halloween village. Welcome to Spooky Hollow!

It is not finished and I have more details to add to it before I can start machine quilting it.

I will admit, this was really quilting outside of the box for me. I'm not used to ad lib quilting! The process involves cutting your squares into various shapes and building your village from the center outward. There is no structure to this, it's quite abstract.

Thursday evening, my friend Patty came over for our bee. I did warn her of my present sleepless state. She just laughed!

Despite the lack of sleep, it's been a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

Yvonne said...

Happy to hear that you are improving your life skills...lol Your class sounds like it was so much fun. I love your quilt....it's good working outside our comfort zone at times. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

joyce said...

The Happy Village is so great. Just my kind of quilting. Anything goes so it always looks good.

Vicki W said...

Bummer - we had a dart tournament (fund raiser) at work this week. Our team really needed you! LOL! I have the happy villages book and want to do that one day....did she mention anything about a type in the book? I looked at it when I first got it and was confused by one of the prep steps that made it seem like I needed loads more fabric that I expected.

Kim said...

Love your Spooky Hollow--I think that's exactly what a quilting class should be--fun, entertaining, informative, and make you work outside of what you normally do! It DOES sound like you've had a great week!

gwen said...

Liberated quilting just how I like it! Your quilt looks great, just right for this time of year. I wish you a long good night! Take care.

Pam said...

3AM - sounds like you might be fun to play darts with --LOL!!

Love your Halloween Village. It is nice to take workshops that challenge us and make us do things that we don't usually do.

leanne beasley said...

Your quilt looks great! Sounds like a really fun class. I agree, if it's not fun, well, what's the point.

Sweet P said...

Your Halloween Village is cute. Your week sounds wonderful.

Libby said...

Wow - that's quite a spooky village . . . it's going to be terrific!

Kim said...

Karen spoke at our quild last year- unfortunatly I couldn't take the villages class- but yours looks great. Frame should be done this week and I'll be working on a rug amoung my 50+ other projects...have a great week

Dawn said...

Wow, she sounds like a great teacher and a fun class to take. I love teachers who can teach you something outside of your box and make it fun! I love your halloween version! And there are some houses there that have such character! I see one with it's "mouth" open in an O and eyes wide in horror! And one glows like a jackolatern! Very fun!

Guðrún said...

The village looks very interesting, I can see lot of spooky houses, it is like they have eyes!

Nan said...

What fun you've had!! I love your village! I want to create one now!!

Joanna said...

Oh wow I am super duper impressed! I would make a spooky village in a heartbeat - you have done an amazing job! And to have an awesome teacher to boot - just wonderful!

You must post a pic of this beauty when it's finished!

Kathy Wagner said...

This is a marvelous quilt! Great job! I hope you will show us all the special touches you are adding and how you will quilt it!

Helen in the UK said...

What a fun quilt - definately made me smile :)

atet said...

Love, love, love the spooky hallow quilt! It looks fantastic!

Anne Heidi said...

That is the best looking village I've ever seen! You are so lucky to have taken a class with her. I have the book, and one of these days...

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