Last week I got to spend a couple of days at the Bryce Canyon Quilt Retreat at Ruby’s Inn in Bryce Canyon, Utah. The gorgeous scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park is just around the corner from the lodge where the retreat was held. There were over 240 participants with lots of classes, trunk shows, vendors, and quilting fun!
Of course one highlight of the conference for me was the opportunity to meet the amazing Nanette of Freda’s Hive fame (I also got to meet Mr. Hive and Nanette’s wonderful daughter Shelbie)! I was able to take Nanette’s “All Dressed Up” class, visit with her, and attend her trunk show! Talking quilts (and life) with Nanette was a great blessing for me…her work is exquisite, and her creativity is inspiring! I learned Nanette’s freezer paper applique’ technique in class and became slightly addicted to making little dresses! Nanette’s presentation Friday night was absolutely wonderful…you know how it is when you have the opportunity to listen to a wonderful speaker and artist and you just try to soak it all in…that’s how it was…I just wish I had taken more notes!
Even Nanette’s scrap quilts were works of art…as each quilt was shown the entire room “oohed” and “aahed.”
Not only did Nanette give a wonderful presentation, but she also had a wonderful handout for each participant…and each participant received a 6-inch charm square of vintage fabric from her stash! After the presentation I was able to sit down and browse through Nanette’s wonderful collection of Japanese quilt books…that was a real treat as well!
Dawn and I received an extra special treat from Nanette…we popped in on her “In the Leafy Treetops” class Friday morning in order to purchase small kits to make wallhangings. Later in the afternoon she presented us with a large bag of ric rac and blue and green fabrics to share…enough to make two complete quilts! We had a wonderful time looking at each and every fabric; in the photo above is my share of her gift (many more fabrics are behind each piece in the picture)!