Last weekend I was lucky to go to part of a quilting retreat taught by Joe Cunningham and organized by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts.patricia and joeWe met at a quiet retreat center on the Hood Canal where we had a good workspace, good living space and good food amidst beautiful scenery.

In front of a warm fire (and under the watchful glass eye of a ruminant) we looked at quilts made by participants of the retreat. IMG_0578Here are a few of those quilts. Everyone’s quilts were amazing but most of my photos are too fuzzy to share.
Susie Wolcott  –susie wolcottSeda Terek –seda terekBarbara Hassenrikbarbara hassenrikGeoff Hamada –geoff hamada

Jennifer Rhoads –jennifer rhoadsOne day’s assignment was to quilt a sentence of three words, at least 36″ wide. Joe showed us slides of quilts with words on them. I don’t have copies of the slides he showed, but I found these images with a similar feel. freedom first squair quilt glad day quiltAfter we looked at the slides we were set free. Everyone attacked the problem in a different way. Joe Cunningham is a great teacher. He inspired us and got us rolling on our own projects. The projects were engineered to allow the unexpected to occur. Joe helped us when we wanted help and let us steam ahead unimpeded when that was desired. The environment was kind and friendly. Joe even played the guitar for us.Joe CunninghamHere are some of the letters and sentences (in progress) that people made.
Laurie Wilkey pieced this. laurie wilkey IMG_0585 IMG_0584Susie Wolcott’s letters were put together to spell Mush Head Day.IMG_0599 IMG_0598 IMG_0596Janet Hasselblad wrote this:janet hasselbladSara Goss added a pieced demonstration of her idea.saraLynn Haia wrote about her dog Tallulah and his toy Bluey.lynn haiaI wrote WHY ? and WHY NOT. I pieced the letters with fabric cut from a patchwork skirt that had been sewn by my Great Aunt Marjorie Powell..aunt marjoriepaschkis why why notWhy was the retreat so fun? A good teacher, thoughtful planning, a beautiful place, and the pleasure of meeting interesting people with common interests, all of us working side by side. The feeling of the retreat can be best summed up by a  quilt from 1874 which says: From  every quarter flowing joyful crowds assembled round and spake with exalted zeal.
…Just substitute sewed for spake.Cornelia Vosburgh quilt

p.s. Here is a link to my blogpost about Wordwatching at Books Around the Table. Please stop by!


4 responses to “Words

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  2. Inspiring. Looks like a great retreat. I love the idea of a short window to create a challenge piece. And wow on the retreaters’ show-and-tell pieces, especially the first one by Susie Wolcott. Wow!

  3. what a wonderful experience! Inspiration comes from others who love what you do. Thanks for sharing

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