Last weekend I had the pleasure visiting Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island. The Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild invited me to speak and teach my fusible applique technique, and I was excited to be able to go visit them! Their guild is filled with lots of wonderful people, so the lecture and class were lots of fun to do. I was surprised to hear that one of their dedicated hand applique ladies was in my class, and had enjoyed learning my technique! There was also a new quilter-to-be whose first visit to their guild was the Saturday meeting, and she decided to come to my class on Sunday. I bumped into her again as we were waiting for the first ferry to Anacortes, where she was on her way to pick up a sewing machine from her mom. She's off to a wonderful start and I hope someday I'll see some of her quilts!
While I was there I stayed with Barb, the Program Chairman, and it was like a mini retreat at her house! Her friend Mary was also there, and we were able to work on our projects in the evenings. Just look at the view we had:
After class on Sunday, we were able to visit a local quilt artist's studio. Penny makes such gorgeous quilts and had wanted to come to my class, but she is busy preparing for a one person show. The finished quilts and ones in progress were all beautiful, but the 3-D quilts were gorgeous!!! Wish I could see them hanging in her upcoming show.
While waiting for the ferry, I was able to hear these gypsies from my spot in the ferry line.
There are many cafes and restaurants near the ferry lanes, which is a good thing, because you need to get there early to get your spot in line, and then wait for it to arrive. Only one street away are the shops, so those leaving a bit later in the day can shop while they wait.
The ferry is arriving.
There are so many boats in the harbor, it's a maze to walk through it. From here you can't even tell one boat from another (except for the few in front).
Can't wait to return again...