I spent last week in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, teaching at the Cherry Tree Quilts retreat. Cherry Tree Quilts is a full-service quilt shop, with a wonderful assortment of contemporary and modern fabrics, located in Summerland, British Columbia. It is owned by Barb Gillespie. She is featured in the photo below.
My accommodations were in Barb's home, with this beautiful view of Okanagan Lake. If this looks familiar to you, it is because I have likely posted a similar photo before. This is my third year teaching here. There will be a fourth, as I am booked to come back the last week of September 2016.
Quails are a common sight in the Okanagan. I always try to get photos but am never very successful. This Mama Quail and her teenager showed up outside my window so I was finally able to get a photo.
Joan, who took my 5-day dyeing class last year, showed us the lovely cover-up she dyed after the class.
The class learned a lot about composition and design, and then had the chance to try out their design skills. The first exercise was a "seat of the pants" exercise, while the second involved designing a pattern.
Here's Beth showing her partially-finished poppy, that she designed a pattern for.
Here's an interesting piece by Effie. The jumping off point was a cross-section photo of some logs.
Connie and her poppy buds on a moody background.
Doreen's lines are simple and dramatic on this landscape.
A whimsical design by Kathy, featuring polka dots.
We managed to stop for a class photo on Friday.
Twenty eager and creative students! What a great week we had and I am feeling so inspired by them.
I see this same rose on Barb's property every time I teach there, but I don't always get a good photo. This time I'm happy with my photo :-)