Last Monday saw me flying to Chicago to teach the first of six BERNINA Sterling Retreats at the BERNINA Creative Center in Aurora, IL. Attendance at this retreat is one of the privileges offered to owners of the gorgeous BERNINA 880 Sterling Edition sewing and embroidery machine. On day one, taught by one of the BERNINA educators, students learn how to use the machine and play with a lot of the special features. On days two and three, taught by me (select dates only!), students learn how to use the tools that come specially packaged with the machine. In the process they create Abundance Avenue #3, one of the houses on the “It’s a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square” quilt, featuring embroidered applique, needle punch, stumpwork and crystal works.
When I showed up at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix at 6am on Monday morning for my 8am flight, I checked my suitcase only to be told at best my flight was going to be delayed, at worst cancelled. Fortunately for me (and for the 25 students already in Aurora waiting for me) we were only delayed for an hour … for which I am incredibly grateful as so many people were not getting where they needed to go.
I am going to be teaching six of the Sterling Retreats this year. A group of the BERNINA Educators are going to be out and about teaching the retreat in various stores. They are all featured here, from left to right:
Kay Hickman; Debbie Cacciamani; Nina McVeigh; Me!; Susan Fears (the amazing organizer behind the retreat, the genie who made me feel that my every wish was her command); Debbi Lashbrook; Sylvain Bergeron and Connie Fanders.
There’s nothing quite like looking out over a classroom of happy students!
There’s also nothing like looking out over a classroom full of BERNINA 880 embroidery machines, each one busy stitching with AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread – my favorite thread! A big shout out of “Thanks” to Alex and Elena at AURIfil for supplying the thread for all of the Sterling Retreats being held at the BERNINA Creative Center!
Here are some of the houses that were built during this first retreat:
I’ll be back at the BERNINA Creative Center five more times this year. I can’t wait to meet you if you’re going to be there for a BERNINA Sterling Retreat on one of the following dates:
- May 4-6, 2015
- June 15-17, 2015
- August 18-20, 2015
- September 21-23, 2015
- November 9-11, 2015