Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Amy Was Here

Amy Garro was here in New Hampshire—like, in person. You want to know all about it, right? Here is the secret. She’s awesome—super nice, fun, and kind. Our guild started the weekend with a workshop with her and ended with a trunk show. It was crazy busy but crazy fun. 

Class Highlights  

We tackled a novel paper-piecing technique and Amy’s Icy Waters pattern at a class at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH.

Trish made her to-die-for scones and brought the clotted cream and jam. (If you haven’t tried her scones, it’s worth coming to an event just to taste how awesome they are.)

As a teacher, Amy was great. The class was fun and engaging. She taught only in small groups, which gave participants more individual attention. The Icy Waters class is listed as an intermediate class. We did have one beginner in the group, and Amy was very good at checking in and providing extra support and encouragement to this student.

Overall, Amy was approachable and kind in her direction and advice. The class had a very laid-back, relaxing atmosphere.

At the end our members decided to throw down and challenge one another to finish the in-progress quilt tops for the next guild meeting. Look out for a wave of finishes soon!

Trunk Show Highlights

The day following the workshop, Amy joined us again—for a trunk show. This was no run-of-the-mill trunk show, though. We were encouraged to get out of our seats and touch the quilts. It was fun to learn about Amy’s journey as a quilt designer, to hear what inspired her creations and to be privy to the lessons she has encountered along the way.

Then as fast as it started, it was over. All those beautiful quilts got packed up and were whisked away. (Yes, they did end up fitting, but only with a lot of force!)

It was a pleasure to host Amy for a weekend. If you have a chance to take a class from her or hear her lecture, we highly recommend it!

Keep tabs on upcoming workshops and trunk shows, including those that we open to the public, here on the NHMQG blog.

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