I will be introducing you to each of my guest bloggers in posts coming up during the QAL. Today, may I introduce you to someone who saw quilting promise in me way before I did and so she has my eternal love and pathetic grovelling gratitude. It's Penny Sewtakeahike who is famous for (i) popularising the QAYG method we will be using; (ii) her fabulous skill with scrappy quilts - which is what I have asked us to showcase in her version of the QAL quilt; and (iii) free-style improv paper pieced blocks she designs herself. Just take a look at the kitchen blender that appeared in her photostream yesterday. And what about this scissors and thread block.
Well, if you would like to learn how to design and piece these kinds of incredible blocks, Penny is teaching at a weekend retreat in Colorado in the middle of April. I cannot tell you how much I wish I could go, but that is beside the point - one day I will be there, even if Penny has to push me round the retreat in a wheelchair and turn my oxygen up when we come to a tricky seam. Here is my mate Penny looking every inch America's Next Top Quilting model.
Penny's workshops will be focusing on improv and paper pieced blocks, including block design and construction as well as advanced block design. Here are more of her blocks to whet your appetite.
When: April 15- 17, 2011
Where: Inn at City Park
1734 W. Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Everything you need to know is right here. And please let me know if any of you go on this retreat so I can be really, really jealous and bitter that I can't be there too.