Friday, September 11, 2009

Crazy Quilt Retreat part one, Friday

I feel bad about how long this is in coming, but here it is, pictures and commentary from the Omaha Crazy Quilt Retreat.

After some not so fun car troubles (having to switch cars along the side of the Interstate is NEVER fun) I arrived late on Thursday evening. I roomed with my good friend Martha Green of Oklahoma City, which is always a good time! We stayed up each night well into the wee hours of the morning talking, eating, and catching up from the last year.

Friday was my day to teach my Springtime in Paris box. I had 20 or so enthusiastic students who seemed to really enjoy the project!

Two great events were held on Friday evening, the fiber swap and the ever popular prom dress swap. For those not familiar, the fiber swap is where each participant brings 25 one yard pieces of fancy fiber to swap with the other participants. Fibers are put in small baggies and then put into a large bag. The participants stand in a circle and pass each large bag to the next person, taking one baggie of fiber out to keep. The large bags are passed around until there are no fibers left. It's always a lot of fun and a great way to add fun fibers to your stash.

After the fiber swap is finished, we moved on to the Prom dress swap. Those wanting to participate brought an item of clothing, often a prom style dress, wedding dress, or other garment made of fancy fabric to share. Before the swap began, we were treated to a comical fashion show by several members of the group.

On the far left is our Kate, who wasn't supposed to be able to attend this year. It was such a nice surprise to see her!

And on to the main event...

After Nancy announces the start of the swap, the scissors come out. Did your mom ever tell you not to run with scissors? Yes? Well, you might not want to share the next pictures with her ;)

As you can see, many treasures can be found at the swap! That's it for now. Next time, Saturday's class and the Auctions.

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