The First Day
I'll share our first day and tomorrow the second day. The first day was the quilt show with two lectures by Jan and Jean (The J's as Sue refers to them) followed by dinner with the J's. Can I first say how exciting and overhelming the experience was! It was so nice to meet Sue in person and we just had the best experience together. I couldn't have thought of anyone better to do this with. The J's are so interesting to meet in person. They have this rich view of life and are really inspiring. I know feel like I can go back to these books and really understand some of the points they are trying to get across. I learned a couple of important things from them...they are so detailed in the way they look at the world around them. They take the world around them and put it into the most beautiful cloth work. They are true artists in every sense of the word. I saw some of the most beautiful cloth work made as inspiration from trees, rocks, shells, details in sidewalks etc. It truely was amazing.The have the most unbelivable sketch books. It was really interesting to see photographs and sketches turned into these amazing compositions. They are so at the cutting edge in design. I must say that seeing these works in person was a great experience. To see the works from their books in person...what more can I say. There were a couple of pieces I was really enamored by. One was the way that Jan had done this rock formation and it really glistened and had the texture of one. It was amazing.
We went to two lectures one was Double Vision and the other Seductive Surfaces. Both, were eye opening. And, since I had arranged for them to come Sue and I had the pleasure of having dinner with them. They are such fun. It was really interesting to see how they just complement each other. It's funny how some things in life are just meant to be and you can see that these two were really meant to be friends and involved in each others lives.
Also, here is the picture of the quilt that won a couple of big ribbons at the show. Can you believe this is made of one inch squares all sewn together? This thing was really HUGH too. It was by Diana Sharkey from Mt.Kisko. The second is by Karen Ekmeier. Love this with all the twists and turns.