Monday, May 09, 2011

An Adventure in Crazy Quilting - part one -
On April 7th we drove from New York City to Glastonbury, Connecticut, where I was going to attend the Adventure in Crazy Quilting. For me it was the first time to attend a Crazy Quilting retreat and what an adventure it was indeed!! Big compliments go to Maureen Greeson and her help Susan Elliott for the perfect organisation.Two days before I left to the USA I managed to finish (well, think I am still going to add some more to this quilt....) my "Austrian" Crazy Quilt, because I wanted to participate in the Show and Tell. The first evening we had "Meet and Greet" and we even had some patchwork cake! I'm sorry but I forgot to take a picture of it, so excited I was to finally meet my friend Beth from NYC. She brought me a present to remember my trip to New York. I was really touched when I got this quilt from her, once again thanks Beth for this wonderful gift!

It was great to put faces to the names from Crazy Quilters I already swapped with or read about on the Internet and at last meeting my "Dutch" friend Ing. During meet and greet we saw beautiful quilts, I especially liked the "English Royalty" quilt, made by Irene Leizer from the Baltimore Constellation Chapter.My first class on Friday was with Sharon Boggon from Australia. I had done 2 of Sharon's classes before on the Internet (Encrusted Crazy Quilting and Studio Journals) and learned so much from her. It was great to hear her talk about CQ in Australia and to see her band sampler and quilts in close-up! Wish I would have taken more pictures!Here you see Sharon with her "I dropped the button box" quilt. On Sharon's website you can read all about this sampler and the "button" Crazy Quilt. More next time!


Cathy K said...

I absolutely LOVED your Austrian CQ. Austria has a special place in my heart, because I attended summer school there in high school. We lived in the Tirol, but also visited Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and other places. Ich liebe Osterreich! Your CQ captures the colors and beauty of the handwork - I still own ribbons and trims I bought there 40+ years ago.

I am looking forward to reading more about your trip, Wilma!!

Big hugs,

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Hi Wilma. Thank you for signing up to follow my blog - do look forward to your visiting! I'm so excited to see you attended Sharon's workshop in CT - sounds as if everyone had a wonderful time. I'll look forward to visiting you again and seeing more photos.

quilthexle said...

Looks like you had a great time ! I'm a bit surprised, but I actually like the crazy quilts you are showing here. Great work!

Maureen said...

Wilma, I'm loving your blog posts. I'm so glad you had such a great trip. I need to go see some of those things in NYC myself someday. Two hours away and I haven't seen the Statue of Liberty. I should be ashamed! Love, Reen

Jenny said...

Hi Wilma,

Your work is beautiful! I have also visited the City Quilter in NYC I love to visit quilt shops in other places and always see 'something' that is different and fun. I treasure your work and see it most days when I have time to sit in my sewing room. It's also fun to take classes in other countries. I took a quilting class with Libby Lehman when I was in Paducah. I'm very ignorant about crazy work and have only tried it a few times - not very successfully. However it's really nice to see your work.

big hugs Jenny

Bobbi Pohl said...

I seem to have missed this post back in May. I know the creator of the royalty quilt. It is Irene Leizer of the Baltimore Constellation Chapter of the EGA. She is a member of our crazy quilt interest group which had 6 attendees at the Adventure.