quilt retreat: day two
By Patricia Belyea
UNION WA A perfect day for quilting—early morning mists with a pale white sky promising moments of sun later. The big lesson for the day was working with bias tape. This is the first time Joe Cunningham has taught this technique.
Joe brought two big suitcases of sample quilts so students could see exactly how he had approached and finished his projects.
The enthusiastic retreaters just got started roaring ahead adding bias tape to sample pieces of fabric and then to yesterday’s compositions.
As the day continued, more and more bias tape flowed.
Depending on the background fabric and the twirls of the bias tape, students got very different results.
Yesterday’s projects on the design walls sparkled with their bias tape additions.
I can’t go another moment without mentioning the food at Saint Andrew’s. Chef Traecy grows many of the vegetables we’re eating in his 5000 square foot garden. Options at every meal include gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free to take care of everyone’s needs. And as D.M. from Santa Fe stated “This is the type of food we go to fine restaurants for.”
The evening ended with everyone trekking down to the leader’s cottage that hangs over the water of Hood Canal. I spoke about Japanese yukata cottons and hosted a trunk show. And of course, I was so busy that I didn’t take any photos!