My Week in Asilomar


This was a lovely boardwalk to the beach
This was a lovely boardwalk to the beach


I just returned from a week of heavenly creating and quilting. I attended the Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. It is located right on the beach and I enjoyed walking the beach almost every day.

Sitting on the rocks on the beachI really enjoyed going down to the beach and sitting on the rocks being mesmerized by the crashing waves.  I don’t know if there is any better therapy than just being still and watching and listening to the waves.




Kay and Caryl


I took a class taught by Caryl Bryer Fallert and had just a wonderful time learning from this brilliant quilt artist. She took us through two days of learning her techniques and then set us free to design our own art quilt. We had to make 60 small thumbnail drawings on tracing paper. Then she had us pick our three favorite and then proceed to rework those drawings until we found a design we liked.


Flying geese

So this is 18″ of flying geese.  It took me over two hours of sewing this.  The bottom four geese are only 1/2″ going down to 1/4″.  When I got it all finished I decided I didn’t like the color so I ripped out the last six geese and redid it.  And yes, it really is curved.




FinishedSo this is my design. I haven’t quilted it yet, but will show you the piece when I have finished quilting it. I plan on doing some practice pieces first before I start on the real thing.  The piece is 18″ square.

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