We are so lucky to have Sandra Mollon coming to Lake Tahoe for a hand applique retreat at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. Sandra is truly gifted and has made some beautiful award winning applique quilts. The thing that puts Sandra's quilts "over the top" is her creative embellishments. She uses inks, beads, hand dyed fabrics, and hand dyed silk ribbons.
I had the good fortune of attending one of Sandra's retreats in June. Anyone who knows me knows that I've never been a fan of hand work. (In fact, when I told one of my friends that I was going to the retreat, her response was "Who are you and what have you done with Sheri!") So I went to the retreat so that I could learn some of her embellishment techniques and figured I'd just have to sit through the hand applique part. To my surprise, I loved it all...including the hand applique! Sandra is a great teacher and is able to give attention to all skill levels so that the beginners don't feel overwhelmed, and the advanced quilters don't get bored.
I encourage you to go to Sandra's website (www.sandramollonquilts.com) and take a look at her work. She appliques everything from landscapes to intricate Baltimore Album quilts. Below are images of some of her work.
Sandra's next quilt retreat up in Lake Tahoe is October 9-14, 2011 at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, which is located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Cost is $625, (about half the price of Asilomar) and includes tuition, gift bags, lodging (double occupancy), all meals beginning with Dinner on Sunday through Breakfast on Friday. Single occupancy rooms are available at a slightly higher rate. For more information or to register, call Sheri Lilienthal at Fabrics Unlimited, 1-800-827-9389 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. As a bonus, you can get a $50 discount on the fees if you sign up and refer a friend who also signs up. Payment plans are available upon request. Space is limited, though, so be sure to sign up soon!
Happy Quilting & Sewing!