Things I learned at camp: I don't like crowds, I am basically shy in a new environment so it is hard for me to connect to others although I made a valiant attempt and met with some success, the organizers had no signs to help you find your way so I ended up in a line for theater tickets thinking all the while, "gee, I am really under dressed, and I could have brought my husband" because of all the elegantly dressed ladies and elderly men in the line with me, camp food can be quite awful if you aren't fond of undercooked brussell sprouts and overcooked chicken with gummy rice, I was glad I slept off campus after hearing all the complaints about the sleeping arrangements.
On the positive side I learned quite a bit in the class itself and enjoyed the other ladies, I like the idea of not planning and using wild colors in hoochy blocks but I need to find a happy medium: semi-hoochy maybe. I looked at the Cow quilt border blocks when I got home and they are more restrained than Mary Lou's and I liked them better and that is really alright. I loved her work and will use many of her ideas and techniques but I would get tired very quickly of all the black backgrounds although I loved seeing them. She does beautiful, incredibly imaginative work-but I don't want my things to look like a Mary Lou knockoff-I want them to be mine. Also, I stayed with a couple in Huntington beach who were so kind and interesting. They were a highlight in my trip. Their home was lovely and I slept very very well. I love being an Evergreen member-we have met the nicest people through that organization and Kathy and Phil were no exception.
|Start of class-everyone setting up|
|Mary Lou showing examples|
|I am not a big Halloween/witch fan-but this is a fun quilt|
|detail was amazing-lots of buttons, beads and charms sewn on|
|candy bucket is an example of the detail|
|someone else does her quilting-look at the stems!|
|New Mexico Quilt|
|My blocks except cardinal that wasn't done at that point|
|Close up of flower and appliqued leaves on left|
|Mary Lou and Me|
|My personal favorite!|