Thursday, September 16, 2010

Baltimore On The Prairie, a little more.

One down side to teaching away from home is that a teacher like me seldom gets to see the results of a workshop. I am so excited to be able to show you what a student of mine did in my class last year. This lovely wall hanging was made by Pat Steele in the main conference class I taught last year at the first BOTP quilt conference in Omaha NE. It is a prime example of creative use of a single block. I think sometimes we forget that not every project has to be a bed quilt or even a nine block wall hanging. Sometimes one block is enough. Thank you Pat for sharing this with me and the class. See you next year!

This was our last day and so as many as there were of us decided to pose for a photograph. That is Tresa Jones, the woman behind all the good things that makes up BOTP. That's me in the red shirt. And behind us are a little more than three quarters of twenty students in my main conference workshop. For me my experiences teaching seems to get better and better! How lucky I am. before this workshop. two students emailed and asked if I would send the pattern so they could mark for back basting. Done! Others asked if I would object to their making the bias tubes for the basket. Done! I was beginning to feel that we were on a roll when class began. There I was asked by some if I would mind if they folded and basted strips for basket stays. By noon on the first full day we had a reputation for getting it done!! Yes!!!! Seriously, I have been so fortunate as a teacher to have motivated students. This conference was no exception and I thank each and every one of you for that. it simply does not get any better. In addition to that, there were some pretty funny people in that group. I had a wonderful time. I can't wait to do it again.

And so it begins. Please notice the attention to task here. One might think I was a task master. Hmmmnnn.

Another view and still working hard.

This last shot shows the smiles of a few and makes me smile to see them. I hope you have my experience the next time you are in class. It makes such a difference in the way I view the next time. This is my art, what's yours?


Elaine said...

This looks like a wonderful workshop, just the kind I'd like (escpecially the applique.

Teresa said...

What a fun-looking class. All the blocks look so beautiful!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Kathie said...

Oh how I wish I could have taken this workshop
thanks for sharing it with us.
I LOVE the quilt on the wall and all those blocks just beautiful.

Margaret said...

Nadine, I have really enjoyed your photos and stories about the Baltimore on the Prarie Retreat. Thanks for taking the time to post them! Who made the blocks on the wall?

Purple Pam said...

Thank you for the virtual tour of the facility and your classes. I wish I could have been there. Everyone looked like they were having a great time stitching away.