The weather was hot hot hot, and the traffic in Montreal was pretty intense. Fortunately we were not affected by student demonstrations, but I learned that there is a travel advisory in effect for Montreal.
Here are photos of our organizers, Randi and Sharon, and all the instructors teaching at the show. Left hand side, front to back: Wendy Butler Berns, Dominique Ehrmann, Pamela Allen, Randi Lenet (organizer), Sharon Stroud
Right hand side, front to back: Vikki Pignatelli, Bonnie McCaffery, Sharon Gates (organizer), Joan Shay.
Here we are from the other end of the table. That's me with the tangerine T-shirt.
As you probably know, the official language in Quebec is french, so the first language for many of the students coming to class is french. Teachers were assigned translators just in case. Mostly we did OK, except sometimes there are not equivalent terms for things like "fudge factor" (one of my favorite quilting terms), so our translator, Joanne (pictured below, hamming it up for the camera) helped out in those situations.
On Thursday I taught my Surface Design class. We got to muck around with artist pencils, wax pastels, Shiva Paintstiks, Tsukineko inks, and foils.
Friday I taught "In Full Bloom". Students were eager and happy to learn how I make my floral quilts. I always think there is a point in this class when the students must hate me because there are so many steps and so many new skills to learn.
This was my first trip in a long time that I didn't teach from a chair on wheels. I did try to sit at times, but thanks to my new exercise regime my knees are doing much better. Good thing, because I am still waiting for an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon ... looks like it will be a loooooonggg wait!! I do want to thank our translator Joanne who helped me pack up supplies at the end of the day, and my student Denise from Gatineau who helped and who was kind enough to help me transport my materials to my car and pack it.
In my Surface Design class I charge a supply fee for students to use all the products without having to purchase them. On my way home I had a happy little shopping trip to DeSerres to boost my supplies for my upcoming week-long Surface Design class. I don't think there is anything that makes me happier than a nice box of new coloured pencils, or crayons or paint.
I will be teaching two introductory machine quilting classes in the upcoming week (Wednesday and Saturday) at Dragonfly Fabrics. I also need to quilt the two small pieces I shared in my May 21 blogpost before June rolls around. and I have to write an article for a guest blogger appearance. I will share the information when it is published.