Sue Spargo and Tonye Belinda Phillips
It is a pleasure to welcome back my friends Sue Spargo and Tonye Phillips in a collaborative teaching environment combining Sue’s wonderful stitching and design skills and Tonye hand applique and hand quilting talents to teach together again and give you a wonderful experience. They are a great team.
Both ladies are published authors and have taught in many different environments and locations. Sue is a world traveler and spends over 2/3rds of her year traveling around the world teaching to folks from many different backgrounds. Tonye was the featured artist at the Quilters Affair this year in Sister’s Oregon and she also makes her home in Camp Sherman, which is very close to Sisters where the Quilters Affair show is held. www.tonyebelindaphillips.com Sue is from Ohio, via South Africa, England, and several US cites prior to settling down in Ohio. Sue runs her company with her children as her right hand support and produces probably one of the largest BOMs, in terms of participants, of any in existence. They are a great treat and I always look forward to the next year... I have been subscribing for the last 6 years. www.suespargo.com Sue offers wonderful hand dyed fabrics and has her own line of wonderful threads to work with. You may also go to http://suespargo.blogspot.com/ to check out Sue’s Blog. Please check out their websites to see some of the wonderful work they do.
Rather than a retreat since we will be holding our class in a Church venue. Using the hotel environment in our area had become so prohibitive due to cost that I have been searching for another venue for over a year. This venue is great, nice large room, big enough for everyone to enjoy their own table space, parking right at the door, good restroom facility and in the quaint little town of Carpinteria, California. For those not familiar with Carpinteria it is home to one of the best quilt store in the state, Roxanne’s a Wish and a Dream, with a huge selection of fabrics and also yarns, notions and gifts. It is located on the 101 Highway between Santa Barbara and Ventura. Many of you have visited Roxanne’s with us in the past and we will be checking in at Roxanne’s on Sunday starting at 3pm, but we will not be able to check into our classroom at the church until 10am on Monday Morning! Our format and presentation will be different than it was when we operated out of the hotel setting. Folks will be booking their own hotels and we recommend the Best Western Carpinteria or the Holiday Inn Express they are both very close to the classroom at the church. We do recommend that you get your hotel booked as soon as possible. We will be calling this a class rather than a retreat and we will convene class on Monday morning at 10am. You will not be able to set up your equipment until that time. However we will check in at Roxanne’s store to check in starting at 4pm, and also enjoy wine and cheese and participate in some shopping. At 6pm we will go to dinner and where that will be held is still to be decided depending on how many folks we have attending.
Since the class is over at 4pm on Wednesday I though many of you might be interested in spending Thursday in the area we are going to be offering a couple of options for you to participate in on Thursday if we get enough interest. We will offer wine tasting tour to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley or the option to visit Lotus Land and you may check out this beautiful historic place at www.lotusland.org This beautiful garden was created by Madame Ganna Walska, who among others was married to McCormick of International Harvester company and she also was an aspiring opera singer who has performed with Enrico Caruso. The home and grounds located in Montecito, now run by a non-profit foundation, are an amazing site to see. We will publish more information about these tours as we are able to firm this up! This will be priced separately from the class.
Thank you, Cathe Hedrick