As much as Quilting by the Lake was the same, there were also some marked differences this year. The AQS Quilt show was in Syracuse the same week as my class session so that was part of the reason. This meant that the QBL quilt show was smaller and also there were less vendors. For me, it wasn't a big deal since the vendors that were present still had anything I needed.
|Donna Lamb, Executive Director|
Other additions included a nightly ahand sewing circle in the dorm lounge in case you just wanted to stitch and chat, a morning coffee/doughnut meet, and milk and cookies social. I thought these ideas were brilliant because it gave you more opportunities to get to know your fellow students.
Of course, I didn't do any of those though (grin). Now its not that I'm anti-social. . . .its just that I was busy working in the classroom. I loved my class. I loved the challenge of taking what I thought was a nice strong composition and translating it to fabric. Judi Blayden has got to be one of the hardest working teachers I know. She was constantly teaching. When she wasn't talking to us as a class - she was circulating around the classroom checking on us as individuals - constantly - all week! She made me tired just thinking about it!!
One thing that I was amazed at - or rather not amazed at - is the wide range of opinions on the QBL experience. Now this isn't surprising really since the ladies come from all walks of life. Some loved the dorms - some hated them - some loved the food - some found nothing to eat all week. Some loved the pretty large campus - others felt it too big and the week too physically draining.
For me - I thought the food was great this year. The dining hall's staff was friendly and accommodating. I loved that we had reserved tables just for QBL and that we were served on regular glass dishware. I also thought campus accommodations fine too. My classroom had enough room so that I didn't feel cramped and the lighting was fine. I felt safe on the campus since there were plenty of people around when I was walking back to the dorms. I even got to take a couple of early morning
So yes, I realize that most people wouldn't consider this ideal vacation - but for me it was nearly perfect!
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