Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran are BOTH going to be in Sisters Oregon for a whole week in July! Teaching classes like Little House in the Big Woods, Liberated Wedding Ring, Freddy Dot Com.....all Freddy's. And then on top of that.... Liberated Log Cabin, Liberated String Baskets, New Quilts in Solids, and Liberated Stars....all by Gwen, they will also be featured at a large group lecture and picnic to cap out their busy week before the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show officially opens on Saturday, July 11, 2009.
In total, Gwen and Freddy are teaching 10 classes in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show's week long series of classes known as the Quilter's Affaire amongst a wonderful array of other classes, lectures, workshops, a play and a garden tour that makes up this amazing week long event.
I live in Oregon, and I have friends who not only grew up in Sisters....but now live in Camp Sherman. So, I have room and board...and I signed up for for Gwen and Freddy's classes...and their classes' alternates.....and I still couldn't get into a single one of either of their workshops!
I'd heard that classes fill up quickly and that the competition was fierce. Cher of Marathon Quilter in Portland was even told at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show last summer to get on their mailing list of year long classes for early notification. Both of us signed up as soon as we were notified...and neither of us got in. I'm beginning to wonder if quilters fly over to Sisters, camp out, and are sleeping on the sidewalk when The Stitchin' Post opens....to hand deliver their forms....because how else does one get a spot in one of the classes?
But, luckily...there is a rainbow at the end of our storm cloud. We did get into their More Collaborative Quilting lecture and picnic on the grass at the Village Green Park on Friday night.
Showcasing and debuting their brand new book Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again (out in July 2009) and with new quilts, new stories, and fresh ideas...well it just might make me feel better. We were told that while the lecture in the park is free, it's much better to buy the box lunch and get first seating right in front of the stage to see Gwen and Freddy up close and personal. If you just go in for the lecture alone, you are seated later and have to sit on the sides of the stage.
That and my picnic lunch of "Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast, Tropical Confetti Coleslaw with Mango & Pineapple, Watermelon Wedge, Sourdough Sweet Roll and Butter and of course, the Dessert Plate with Assorted Treats just might make me feel better about losing out on their classes!
However, by registering for classes I didn't get into, my $20 non-refundable deposit is now added to my picnic lunch tab of $16.95. A box lunch for $36.95?
I just might need to add the expense of an optional glass of wine ;)