Empty Spools at Asilomar was a unique opportunity to teach and enjoy the company of quilters! The self named group of my Love Birds workshop participants shown here are the "Doughty Rowdies". Each and every one of them brought their own perspective, color palette and experience to the party. I loved watching the room turn into a colorful circus as we all got inside out! I loved every minute of our experience together and look forward to going back to Empty Spools in 2018!! Thanks to all of you for a fun week!
Over five days we bared our souls and emptied our stashes over laughs and stories. The project for the workshop was Love Birds, from my new book Mixing Quilt Elements which is now arriving in shops. Here is my version...
As you can see we explored using a wide variety of backgrounds and personal interpretations of the quilt. There were lots of learning opportunities, moments of sharing and lots of laughs. Hard to believe we left only 8 days ago!! We got in the car and headed down Highway 1 along the stunning California coast.
We waited our turn for a seat, visited the colorful gift shop and for a few moments I let my mind wander to a time when Kaffe Fassett ran barefoot on the stone patio...into the surrounding gardens, perhaps down to the sea. It would be hard to grow up in all this beauty and not become an artist. The lines of the trees bent in the wind, the color of the sea against the shadows thrown by the trees...spectacular beauty and good food...what a treat.
I love these moments of discovery on our trips. Just a place...a different place full of wonder and hidden secrets. We stop when we want to stop and in those moments take in the simple things in life. The smooth edges of stones worn by eons of time...the wind in the grasses, the smell of fresh air.
And then there was this beach full of sea lions sleeping in the afternoon sun. The sound, the smell, the vision of these creatures was captivating. There they slept without a care in the world until one rebel would wake, howl and knock his neighbor with his head. A scuffle would last a minute before they settled back in and another scuffle would occur nearby. Watching them move so awkwardly on land as the odd seal moved to the sea where it could slip away so smoothly was mesmerizing to me.
Eventually we ended up in LA. Complete contrast to the beauty of the earth is a city full of human activity. We keep moving from one kind of space to another noting the changes. We have put many more miles behind us in the last week but that will suffice for now!