Whoever referred to the “winter blahs” simply didn't see the “flurry”--sorry, I couldn't resist—of finishing activity at both the January and February Sew-ins! With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, these ladies put pedal to the metal to finish and share some beautiful work. In January we were treated to Rene’s Show and Tell with more amazing quilts made by the children in the Young Piecemakers Guild--please look at the slide show! Emboldened by success, Norma--a fairly new quilter, shared a slew of finished pieces. We enjoyed the look of joy as Caryn did her very first machine quilting, and then did it again on a second matching quilt. Karen pulled out her heirloom-quilt in-the-making –bent on getting closer to the finish line. We did hand work, and childrens’ garmets, learned a new binding technique, and continued work on an historical-based art quilt, and so much more. We shared homemade chili and bread and tried to guess the “secret” ingredient. We enjoyed each other and the time to just play. With spring peaking it head just around the next corner, it’s time for something new—a new skill, meeting some new friends, a new direction??? Join us for some fun in April, July, or October and banish the “blahs”!
Ricki Bremer's love affair with teaching starting while teaching high school and junior high. Next came 29 years as a craft and quilt shop owner, and the publication of her first book, Simple and Sensational Purses from Placemats, now in its third printing. The second book, Dual Pursenalities followed. Later additions were the Private Eyes Nursing Apron, and her latest--a microwave hot bag pattern, The AAAhhsum Bag--which has been used exclusively at the massage booth at the Road to California Show. Ricki has continued to use her easy methods to bring the joy of sewing and quilting to beginners and others. She also loves to simplify things for those ready for more challenging techniques. The Fiber Arts Retreats, which she started in 2007 formerly through the Tall Mouse, are growing and expanding to new venues, and a new name--Fiber Qwest Retreats. Ricki aims to broaden the interest and opportunities to learn and play in all areas of fiber and the creative arts.