Our trip to South Dakota was great. Kim, the owner of Dakota Quilt Company in Spearfish hosted the retreat and she does a great job. She even gives up her home to host the designers so we had the fortune of being able to stay in her beautiful house.
The retreat kicked off on Friday morning. They had everything set up in a large room that was partially split in half and I taught on one side Friday and the other side Saturday so that the quilters didn't have to move. In between they set up a little store with all our fabrics and patterns.
I taught one of my strip patterns, Strip Twist (see picture), and many of the students were using the Glow fabric line from the precut strip packages from Red Rooster. It worked out great because they just opened up the package and started sewing, one packet makes a lap size quilt!! My daughter Svana and her American girl doll Mia were determined to stay with me and take the class but had to go with Dad to do some Cave exploring.
Friday night, me and Bonnie each shared a Trunk show with the group along with other quilters in the community. That was great fun; lots of great quilts. The retreat was over on Saturday evening and we ended the night with a great dinner out with Kim and her family and Bonnie.
Bonnie, me and Kim on Kim's front porch. Thanks Kim for a great weekend.
On Sunday we drove out to Devil's Tower in Wyoming and took the scenic route thanks to the ladies in my class that were there from the area. It was so worth it and we saw all kinds of fun things. The Antique store was closed....
Driving around the country side, all of a sudden it appears, sticking out of the landscape.....just phenomenal.
We hiked around the Tower which was very fun. We even saw lots of climbers trying to reach the top. Gisli said that he was definitely coming back when he turns 16 to be able to climb the Tower. We will see if that will come true. He is my little mountain goat though so I am sure he will do it!!
On our way back we had to check out the prairie dogs which are all over the place. They are so cute, you just want to take them home.....almost. These looked well fed though compared to others we had seen....food must be good around the Tower!!
Later that Sunday we started our journey back to Minnesota with a stop in Sioux Falls. Great trip, I got to hang out with really fun quilters for 2 days and everybody else got to explore all kinds of fun things. Perfect for everyone.
I am head over heels in fabric right now, both literally and in love, finishing all of the projects for quilt market. Here is a little sneak peek of one of the quilts that will be in the new book coming out. The quilt doesn't have a finalized name yet so I am open to suggestions....write your ideas in the comments and if I use your name, I will send you a book!!
If you are in the Rogers, Minnesota area on Saturday, September 19th, I will be teaching a class on one of the quilt as you go projects in my new book, Fast & Furious at Quilted Treasures. It is the Afternoon Snack Runner that is featured on the cover of the book. If you are interested in the class, it goes from 12:30 - 3:30 I believe, call Quilted Treasures of Rogers 763-428-1952 and sign up.