Three Days With Cheryl Arkison!

On the evening of July 18th almost 90 of us emerged on the Langara College Campus to hear Cheryl Arkison’s trunk show. Most of us attending were from the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild and  the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, with a splash of other quilters from other guilds. Cheryl’s talk was down to earth, funny and inspiring! Some lucky attendees left with a signed copy of Cheryl’s new book “A Month of  Sundays” and those who didn’t already have it also left with signed copies of “Sunday Morning Quilts”. Needless to say we all left feeling pretty darned happy!

On the morning of the 19th many of us again emerged to attend Cheryl’s “The Missing U” workshop but this time we were at the University of Fraser Valley campus. Our class of 15 was given a crash course on value (an added bonus) and also the improv slab method. We all worked feverishly and ended up making 25 blocks, enough to make a complete quilt, to donate to Cheryl’s “just one slab project”. A few of us even made enough blocks for ourselves. Even though we worked quite intensely we did take a few moments to eat lunch and celebrate Sherri’s birthday!

On Sunday, July 20, again we emerged on the University’s of the Fraser Valley campus to a packed class on how to make perfect circles (and they did turn out to be perfect!) Cheryl taught us three separate techniques that she found the most efficient and effective. I know a few of us have made circles since the workshop and we are still shocked how great our circles turn out! As an added bonus to the day The Cloth Shop (don’t you just LOVE their new location on Granville Island!) generously donated a door prise… guess who won? Sherri the birthday girl from Saturday, needless to say she’d a happy couple of days!

It was three days of non-stop quilt-y fun and camaraderie and in between that we learned how to improv quilt and make perfect circles! On behalf of everyone who came to the trunk show and attended the work shops I’d like to say thank you Cheryl for coming all the way from Calgary to spend some time with us.  It was truly wonderful!