Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Contemporary Folk Art Retreat - Camp Sherman, OR

I have just spent a wonderful weekend co-teaching with my friend Tonye Belinda Phillips in Camp Sherman Oregon. The retreat was sponsored by the Stitchin' Post in Sisters OR. We had 40 very creative students who worked on wonderful pieces using ideas from our collaborative quilt.
Late last year Tonye sent me a couple of house blocks she created and the idea was I would continue by adding borders and do a little embellishment. I really got into the embellishing needless to say I only finished the one so I still have a little homework to do so we each can have a finished quilt. 

This is Tonye and Doug's home in Camp Sherman. You can see where she gets her inspiration from for her wonderful house quilts.

I was lucky to be invited to stay in their little cabin. It was so peaceful!

Just down the road was the community hall where the retreat was held. Tonye and I spent the whole day before hanging quilts and making the room really cozy. If I say myself it looked fabulous.
Tonye had this great 15 minute warm up exercise that all the students did cutting out of magazines and creating funky houses. 

Now that they were warmed up we got to work creating for three days. We talked about color, using pattern, cotton appliqué, wool appliqué and embellishment. 

During the weekend we had three surprise guests visit. Jean Wells explained how to make a quick snap bag, Kathy Deggendorfer a watercolor artist did a slide presentation explaining the collaborative art pieces her and Tonye do together. Jackie Erickson made small pincushions using roving balls.

I always feel very fortunate to be asked to do collaborative pieces. It always pushes me out of you comfort zone and makes me appreciate other artists work. Tonye and I will be collaborating again next year in Santa Barbara November 12-16 2012 for Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats
I will also be teaching a collaborative workshop with Gwen Marston in Sisters October 18-22 2012 in Sisters, Oregon
I flew to Tucson on Monday to teach for the Tucson Quilt Guild. I am looking forward to my time here in AZ.
Keep Stitching 


  1. How much would I have loved to be at that workshop! Fabulous work you all did and I bet you had an absolute ball! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Hermosos y coloridos!!!
    Me encantan!!!

  3. I love the piece you and tonye made, that is so fun and unique and love the stitching. That is a place that I would love to go for a retreat, love the cabin you stayed in, definitely an inspirational place.


  4. You met Kathy!! I have one of her paintings - bought it right out of her farm house bathroom almost ten years ago. She taught me how to do horses from behind. You guys are so lucky to get to work together.

  5. looks like it was a wonderful class! Such great creativity!

  6. I like your works, they are very very beautiful
    have a good day

  7. what a truly beautiful and inspirational place! It sure looks like you had a lot of fun, what a fabulous idea, creating out of magazines, great way to get the creative juices flowing!