Sunday, September 13, 2009


This teaching trip has been a super busy one.....packed with presentations, new friends, new shops to visit, and a very unusual workshop location. I've asked these groups to adopt me!

The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild had their workshop in an old school house which has been in the process of being restored by a local Knoxville couple who now also live and work in the house.

Riverdale School is in rural Knoxville, TN, east of the city.....

Amazingly, they've been able to gather photos and historical documents which are on display for interested parties to enjoy.

They've been working on bringing what was nearly a condemned and falling down property, back to life. Part of this large building is used for public and private events.....and the owner's large art collection is sprinkled through out the building.

One of the many examples of the art......

Even the old gym has been saved and now houses large events. I taught in one of the old classrooms....with metal lockers at one end....and huge windows which provided plenty of light for the beading class. This clearly is a labor of love by the owners which will benefit their entire community.

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