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Fun with Anna Maria Horner

Awesomely awesome news: Anna Maria Horner visited my local quilt guild!

On Friday night Anna Maria gave an inspirational (read: mind-blowing) and eloquent lecture, exclusively for the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild, which included a fantastic trunk show and insights into her very deliberate and thoughtful creative process.

During our drive up, a couple guild friends and I were wondering how she could possibly speak–and hold our attention–from the scheduled 6 p.m. start until 9 p.m. when the lecture was supposed to wrap up.  How much is there to possibly talk about?  If you saw our faces, you’d see that we had absolutely no problem staying attentive (read: utterly rapt) throughout her 3-hour presentation.  Nor did Anna Maria seem to lose any steam; she was just as energetic at 9 o’clock as she was when she walked up to begin speaking, and it’s obvious how much passion she has for her art.  Our butts weren’t really thanking her enduring energy, and the 877 pregnant guild members (we’re a very fertile guild) and I were a little sore afterward, but of course it was totally worth it.

I left the lecture feeling completely refreshed in my creativity, as did our entire carpool group.  We headed back to Denver engaged in an excited chatter sesh the whole way home.

You think that’s the story?  Pshaw!  A group of us came back on Saturday for a full day with Anna Maria while she hung out with us and we all sewed Multi-Tasker Totes from her pattern!  Sewing with guild buddies and oooooohing and ahhhing over each other’s fabric choices while Anna Maria walked around chatting and giving super sewing tips was a blast.  She is sweet, funny and unpretentious –it felt like Anna Maria was one of the girls.

Anna Maria and me.

[Whimsical sigh]  It was just so much fun.  I actually didn’t finish my tote by the time we left Saturday, due in large part to my not paying enough attention to the pattern instructions and having to rip a few [hundred thousand] seams.  But it took me only 45 minutes or so at home on Sunday to finish my straps and complete my bag.  Here’s my beloved souvenir from this MAJOR weekend:

I can’t wait to see Anna Maria again at Quiltcon!

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  • Kari

    Isn’t Anna just an amazing talent? We are so lucky! Your bag looks great! I think I’m still recovering from the weekend. It left me both revitalized and exhausted, if that makes any sense. What fun! I’m so glad we had each other to chat with on the car ride Friday, especially during the super loooooong drive home.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:12 am Reply
  • Emily

    How cool is that!!!! wow, I’m jealous! And your bag is super gorgeous too, you have a great eye for color combos!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:02 am Reply
  • basildonkitchens

    Wow – how exciting! (even with the tired back-sides) Love your bag too! GREAT color choices! 🙂

    August 9, 2012 at 6:38 am Reply
  • nicke

    you lucky lucky duck and i LOVE your souvenir! awesomepants!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Taryn

    What a cool experience! Your bag is gorgeous, I need one of those in my life!

    August 23, 2012 at 11:13 am Reply
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