In mid-November, I finished up my 2016 teaching schedule with a trip to Nevada to teach at Art Quilt Tahoe. I flew there directly from Houston where I had been attending the International Quilt Festival with my Specimens exhibit.
It was my first trip to Lake Tahoe and the scenery was stunning. I’m drawn to dramatic landscapes and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background certainly are dramatic. Art Quilt Tahoe, organized by Judy Bernard, takes place at Zephyr Point, at a retreat center on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Sunsets over water are striking, and the one on the second night was gorgeous with the mountains in the distance.
Two of my fellow teachers at this event were Sue Benner (one of my favorite walking partners) and the delightful Katie Pasquini Masopust. As I think I’ve said before, renewing and continuing my friendships with quilting colleagues is one of the things that makes the effort of travel worthwhile. Other teaching friendships renewed were with Jane Sassaman, David Taylor, and Velda Newman, plus I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, Jane Dunnewold.
I had 22 students in this class, more than usual. It seems to have all worked out okay in the end, at least if my students’ work is any indication (see side show below). They were excited, attentive, and seemed to have done their homework: reading the blog posts I had assigned them. I might have caught a couple of them reverting to using templates, but after I talked them down they saw the light. A unique aspect of Art Quilt Tahoe, is that some classes have an optional extra two days added to the normal 4-day workshop. Ten of my students continued for those extra two days and made even more progress. I look forward to the pictures of finished quilts they all promised to send.
The classroom was bright and spacious with good light, ample space to spread out, big pinning boards (thank you, Judy!), and windows that overlooked the lake. Work space is important. It’s not critical that it be as nice as this one was, but it certainly adds to the overall creative ambiance.
As always, I took my obligatory photographs of the area and my trip as a whole. I look for beauty everywhere and I usually find it. (And once I find it I want to preserve it, which means my iPhone is constantly on the verge of running out of memory—it drives Tom nuts.) I can’t help it. Of course, I didn’t have to look too hard to find beauty at Tahoe: lake, trees, mountains, rocks, leaves, pinecones, moss….
In the slideshow below I share a few of those (edited) photos for those of you who may like a little more of the Art Quilt Tahoe 2016 experience. Best thing? I get to repeat and enjoy again in November 2017! Maybe I can reduce my photo archives by a couple thousand by then. Waddaya think, Tom? (Doubtful. —Tom)