Baltimore on the Prairie is a hand applique conference held each September at beautiful Mahoney State Park in Ashland, NE. It's located midway between Lincoln and Omaha, NE right off I-80. Each year 4 of the finest applique teachers gather with students who travel not only from across the United States but travel internationally to spend from 1 to 5 days sharing their love of applique. The 5th annual conference will be held September 11-15, 2013. For more detailed information please visit the website at http://www.baltimoreontheprairie.tresajones.com/index.html.
"I would have to say that I get most of my inspiration from the quilt makers of long ago. I so admire the wonderful work accomplished under conditions many times severe by today’s standards. I am excited by their undying dedication to the best work possible. So when I need ideas I immerse myself in my books and clippings, go to quilt exhibits online and ask myself why a certain quilt works for me, what there is about the appliqué placement or color choices, the quilting designs, even the finishing that makes my heart sing. I then apply the essence of what I see to my project." That is the philosophy of our next teacher, Nadine Thompson of Springfield, MO. Nadine's calm, quiet personality gives all students the confidence to succeed in any applique project. Her quilt "In My Garden" won Best Handworkmanship at Pacific International Quilt Festival in 2009 and also won First Place and Best Applique at the Vermont Quilt Festival in 2010.
Rita Verroca of Thousand Oaks, CA is relatively new to the national teaching circuit but with each new teaching venue, her calendar fills up! Here she is demonstrating during class surrounded by students and her amazing quilts. Rita is a passionate teacher with great skill and contagious enthusiasm. In her quilts she combines old heritage quilt patterns with delightful and playful arrangements. Her choice of color is artfully chosen and arranged to give the overall design a stimulating balance of a harmonious picture. "Album of Roses" was featured on the cover of in the Aug/Sept 2012 issue "Quilter's Newsletter Magazine"
So there is the faculty lineup for the 2013 conference and the end of this first post. I plan to post around the middle of each month so come back around the middle of February to see what's next!
Take care until next time,