Last week I was able to spend a few days in the lovely city of Lancaster, PA while attending the AQS show. It was a very busy week with two lectures, teaching a class on machine applique and vending. After setting up on Tuesday we were able to spend some much needed "down time" taking in the idyllic sites of the surrounding area. We love the Central Market which was first established in 1730. It's the oldest farmer's market in the country and has such a great selection of food, flowers, and crafts. Definitely the best baklava I've ever eaten and the tastiest sandwiches on homemade bread!
As we toured the peaceful Amish countryside we went in search of one of the local covered bridges and enjoyed the sites of a simpler life.
My class on machine appliqué was such a treat. It's always fun for me to be able to show that there really is nothing to fear with appliqué and that it really can be so much fun, almost like playing with paper dolls. The students were a delight and we even had the joy of having an assistant, as Pumpkin the service dog, joined us for the class. Since Pumpkin has been trained to turn on lamps at home by pressing down on a foot control, we did get quite a chuckle as she decided to take a few stitches on the machine, thinking she was doing us a favor by turning on the lights.
There were some absolutely exquisite quilts in the quilt show....
Celebration by Lynne Taylor of Cape Girardeau, MO
The Minotaur by Marilyn Belford of Caldwell, NJ
Spanish Arches by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI
Bouquet by Katie Pasquini Masopust from her Paintings in Quilts special exhibit.
Now that the show is over, I'm spending some much needed "grandma/honey" time with the grand girls in NJ. We've managed to work in a few art projects of our own.
Hope you are spending some time creating something of your own!