Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mile High Workshop

I just returned from a super week in Denver, Colorado.  One of the best things about being an (occasional!) workshop teacher is that I get to visit really interesting places (I’m afraid there’s no point in inviting me to Boondocksville, Nowhere Land!).  I’d never seen very much of the USA before I started teaching and it’s exciting to have several new places on my list this year.  First up was Denver, Co which has a giant league of quilters – 300 art quilters.  Members attend meetings from as far away as Montana and Wyoming – now that’s dedication!

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This was the view outside my hotel window the first day of class.  What a perfect color scheme of cobalt, amber, pink, grey and black with even a little touch of an apple green.







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Even the car parks have a glorious view in Denver…this is the scene as we drove up to the venue, a huge beautiful church hall.






The workshop was Working in a Series – here am I in full spate expostulating as is my wont!

EBarton and group Notice, nobody is asleep….yet!

EBarton and JHerman

Describing something to Jean Herman who is working on a large cityscape….below Gay Lasher was cutting out strips for her series on Conversations.

GLasher piecing









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while Patti Joy talks about how she’s going to resize her series of 3 pieces based on a visit to island of Lewis in Scotland.

And below is the sculpture of a happy quiltmaker! yahoo!

It is outside the new and absolutely stunning Clyfford Still museum which I had the great good fortune of visiting after the workshop – thanks to a lovely lady in the group! 

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This is a view of the inside of the museum – fabulous, rich and spare, complex and simple and oh so generous in spirit!

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What a great trip! Thank you so much to the Front Range Contemporary Quilters for inviting me to visit your beautiful city – and – for arranging for me to spend time with so many of you.

and now I’m back home…until the AQE/SAQA/SDA opening and conference in Philadelphia – more great inspiration I’m sure.   See you there!  Elizabeth

workshop photos courtesy of Linda Strand, Exhibits Chair, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, thank you, Linda!

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