This week some of us Pinecones have the privilege of being at Madeline Island for the Quiltworx class with Judy & Judel Niemeyer.
. We were able to provide the "Quilt Shop" for the students as well as 28 Bernina 475QE machines to use while spending the week learning the ins and outs of paper piecing with Judy. It has been so much work and preparation getting everything ordered, cut, hauled and set up for these amazing ladies to come and enjoy, but let me tell you what, it has been so worth it!
We loaded up bright and early Saturday morning with truck, trailer, and cars loaded to the hilt and headed down the road. We got to board the ferry and travel across to Madeline Island and to School of the Arts Center. It was a new and completely exciting adventure for us. We spent the afternoon unloading and setting up hundreds and hundreds of bolts of fabrics, boxes of notions, and the amazing Bernina 475 machines.
Watching some of these women experience a Bernina for the first time for me as a Technician has been a true delight. Some of these ladies have never experienced the joy of a thread cutter, a knee lift, programmable stitch length, big girl bobbin, swiss engineered feet that are so sturdy and stable that keep that perfect 1/4 inch. We have so many women in awe of all they can do plus the fine swiss quality.
Watching these ladies selecting fabrics for kits, use Quiltworx mixers to design kits for one of a kind look, make perfect points, and get a sense of accomplishment they can't get anywhere else has been truly a blessing for me to see. I have watched friendships form, old friends meet up and ladies laugh until they cry. Fun can't even start to explain what happens here. This is something i will never forget.
We will have our own Technique of the Month Class starting at PNQS in September lead by our own Kendra (who is also helping me at this event) on this beautiful quilt if anyone wants to join in on this fun!
Kendra and I get to spend the week cutting custom kits for the attendees. Such lovely combinations we are seeing.
We love assisting them with purchases, keeping the machines running smoothly ready for them to stitch away and helping with all other things they may need. This is a typical Pine Needles event with special gifts and prizes for all guest from Marcia and they are all loving it!
I think we have life long Pinecone friends here! We have 4 more days to spend here and it should be a lot more fun! I cannot wait to see what they create by the end of the week! Marcia has even found a bit time to create a mini masterpiece of her own.
We even go to see a Bear in the woods in the morning while drinking our morning coffee in cabin.
Until next week or our next adventure!
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