MY THOUGHTS ON THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY
Sandra E. Noble
June 29th - JULY 1st
Reflecting on the Cuyahoga Valley Quilt Retreat, first, was the call from Chris Auerbach-Brown asking the Guild to consider planning a quilt retreat was a surprise. I asked Chris why us, he replied that one of the park staff suggested us as she had attended our show and liked what she saw and heard about us. We, Gloria Kellon, Cassie Adams, Felecia Tinker, Sandra Moore, Mary Pinckney and Bess Gates took a ride to the Cuyahoga Valley Park; we met with Chris and decided that we would plan the retreat. I was truly excited about the various possibilities for activities, we turned lunch into a brainstorming session ideas for the retreat.
Deciding on a theme for the quilt retreat was a no brainer; the awesome beauty of the trees and flora, the pond with the water lilies in the park was inspiring. Based on the characteristics of the park, the theme for the quilt retreat was determined to be “Inspirations and Expressions of Nature”; we needed quilts and dolls that reflected the theme of the retreat, so the landscape challenge became a reality.
The greatest plus of the project are the guild members, their willingness to step up to help make this project a success. Julius Bremer agreed without too much arm bending to speak about inspiration, Casandra Brown, Norma Dixon, Myrya Johnson, Gloria Kellon, Helen Murrell, Geneva Sarratt, and Pam Smith all agreed to give mini-demonstrations. So far, Carole Brown, Norma Dixon, Barbara Eady, Helen Murell, and Bernice Sanders have met the challenge of creating a landscape quilt.