While teaching there the week of March 4--9, I received several special gifts. Not the kind that are wrapped up in paper and bows, but moments that take you by surprise and continue to delight as they pop into mind.
The first one I was hoping for: Daffodils!
|Just one of the many varieties|
Another gift was seeing a huge flock of red-wing blackbirds rise up out of a field. No photo could have contained that!
My best gift was the small class of quilters. We had such a luxurious time in a studio that can easily hold 12+...plenty of design wall space, cutting tables that didn't have to be cleared off, and no waiting for an iron.
|Who wouldn't want to be here?|
A short week (5 nights), long week (6 nights) or weekend here is the perfect couples vacation. You can each do whatever you want, and have something interesting to talk about at the end of the day!
The other two ladies were returning students who had been to the Folk School many times. One came with her son, who was in the Blacksmith class adding to skills learned there previously. One came by herself.
For them the week was leaving behind a series of difficult situations and stepping into a world apart, like a peaceful island devoted solely to their own interests. They had fun, and played and learned.
I got this in an email: "The stress disappeared last week." That says it all!
There are no rewards for being the fastest, or getting the most done, but we sure did a lot in 5 days! Besides the great work below, we also covered how to make a pot holder, a Goose Unit, fabric selection and, of course, how to finish the quilt later!
|Gayle added some creative touches and extra blocks|
|Caroline told the story in pink|
|Jean is now looking for an outside border|
At the last minute I decided to bring a bunch of scraps:
|Just the top 1/3 of my container at home|
I was back in the farmhouse, sleeping in Olive Campbell's room again:
|When I say campus think "farm."|
The rooms are comfortable and located all around the campus in a variety of old & new buildings with colorful names like Little House, Rock House, Orchard House and Log House.
Three daily meals served family style allow all the students and teachers to interact. I always meet interesting people.. deer hunters, college professors, small business owners. They come from everywhere, even as far as Alaska!
Just about everything for the Folk School is online and they are always working to make the website better. The newest idea is to be able to search for two kinds of classes at the same time, making it easy for the woodworkers and quilters (for example) to find a week when they can go together!
Classes through December this year are online, and the classes for next year will be added when the new catalog comes out. You can get on the mailing list and also ask for a catalog: http://www.folkschool.org
I'll be teaching again May 12--18, 2013...it can't come too soon!