I'm sad it's over. It was an amazing experience.
Thursday morning we hopped on the bus and left Ottawa at 6:30 am from the doors of The Running Stitch and headed south to Rochester, NY.
The bus driver made excellent time.. even with a couple of stops and our obligatory halt/check at customs, we made it there in 5 hours.
The information we absorbed over the two and a half days (Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday) was mind boggling. Thankfully we were provided with a book detailing all the seminar information, instructions and tips.
According to their stats, this was the biggest super seminar they have put on, with over 750 quilters in attendance. There were 56 of us on our bus, and we ran into a few other Canadians as well... so there may have been as many as 100 of us from north of the border.
Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Libby Lehman were awesome! Their presentations were eye-opening and very entertaining. These are seriously funny people and do really well in front of crowds. Libby had us in belly rolls almost continuously. She has the greatest sense of humour.
Ricky put on a piano concert on Friday night and told the tale of his quilty beginnings. Talk about inspirational. There is no end to this mans talent.
I didn't take any pictures or video of the concert (as I saw some did with their phones), I thought that was just inappropriate and rude to do. Especially since they didn't have Ricky's permission to do so.
So I'll just leave you with pictures I took of a lot of the quilts that were on display, quilts they (the presenters) had made, and others they have acquired for their personal collections.
|See more of Alex's quilts here.|
|Libby's circles just draw you in, so exquisite.|
|See more of Libby's quilts here.|
|Ricky's Bohemian Rhapsody|
See more of Ricky's quilts here
|Look at the couching on this... spectacular!|
|Ricky and Libby signing autographs.|
|You know how you can never touch a quilt on display? Well, they set up a table with examples of their techniques, that you could touch/fondle/examine! How cool is that?|
|This was The Quilt Show booth, where you could sign up for the online tv programs.|
If you ever get the chance to go to one of Ricky's seminars, DO IT!! You won't regret it.
And if you're wondering why we can't get these world renowned quilting professionals to come to Canada.... one US Customs Official in 2010 screwed it up for us.
You can read about it on Bonnie Hunter's blog here and the original post from a Canadian Quilter Daphne Greig. Once the quilting world found out about this, the US quilters decided they weren't taking the chance. So, that is why we have to go to the events in the US.
Ricky specifically said that they plan seminars/events as close to the borders as possible so that those of us who can, travel down to take part.
He will be coming to Canada soon for a Bernina tour but is not bringing any of his quilts.
I don't want to leave this on a sour note... so courtesy of Libby.. here is one of the jokes she told us:
What's the difference between a skinny quilter and a fat quilter?
The skinny quilter quilts all day long, checks out what's in the fridge, and instead heads to bed.
The fat quilter quilts all day long, checks out what's in bed, then heads to the fridge.