In The Studio

May 1, 2022

This past weekend I attended the VCQ Celebrations! 2022 retreat at the 4H Center near Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.

I brought along this collection of fabrics, Playa by Jinny Beyer, for a class by Barbara Black.

This is the bright version of her Five Easy Pieces quilt. The one I will be making.

And here is Barbara Black with her darker version of the quilt. This was a reproduction copy of a quilt top she got for $5.00 at a yard sale. Barbara and I got to know one another over the weekend and bonded over our shared quilting experiences. I’m sure ours will become a lifelong friendship!

In class Barbara gave us some great instructions and wonderful tips on how to make perfect flying geese with paper foundations. I’m hoping to get this quilt made before the next VCQ Celebration! In 2024.

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I also had a lot of fun in a Zentangle class. We learned to make a few Zentangles on a single tile, using special pens.

Here are some samples and some equipment needed for this process.

After following her instructions, I learned to draw a bigger design, and stitch it out on cotton.

Here is Marisela Rumberg my very talented and energetic Certified Zentangle Instructor.

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I am thoroughly exhausted after a wonderful VCQ Celebration weekend. We had Show and Tell, Block lotto, Square Dance, and Strip Party, to keep us all entertained, and vendors, Silent Auction, Peddlers Table and the scissor sharpening guy to take our money! I met two wonderful quilters who were my assigned roommates and became my new friends by the end of the weekend.

If you want to have this much fun think about joining VCQ, The Virginia Consortium of Quilters or your local guild. It’s a great way to meet other quilters and share ideas.

The Virginia Consortium of Quilters