Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quilting Around Chautauqua 2011

Two weeks ago the roar of Niagara Falls reminded me of the beauty of sewing. Like a little droplet of water each creative sewing project begins with a single stitch on a journey that is sometimes unknown, yet can converge into a roaring display of creative magnificence. 

Niagara Falls USA
Thanks to Judy Fenton for inviting me to Quilting Around Chautauqua 2011 in upstate New York and only 70 miles from Niagara Falls. Judy is the owner of Millcreek Sewing and Fabric in Erie, PA and organizer of one of the most glorious quilt shows I have ever attended or lectured. Held on the beautiful Chautauqua Institute campus with winding brick trails, majestic full grown shade trees and quaint cottages, all roads led to the Athenaeum Hotel overlooking Lake Chautauqua. Well, there were so many twisting roads that once I found a route to my campus destinations, deviation was out of question since being lost could take a huge chunk of time to recalculate. Judy took over the lobby of the Anthenaeum with other vendors in the salons and sprinkled among other historic buildings on campus. My SCHMETZ table was located perfectly between the waiting line for the picturesque dining room and Judy's Baby Lock and Jinny Beyer's displays. 

The Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution
Besides giving 3 lectures on SCHMETZ needle education, my mission was to answer machine needle questions, sell needles and showcase the new and very cute SCHMETZ Gift Box. I enjoy meeting fellow sewists and take great delight in learning about their sewing adventures. Check out a few inspirational sewists and their creative projects. 

Thanks Judy and your staff - especially Eveyln and Sandi - for a special sewing experience!


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