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Thread: Upstate NY Quilting Camp - need guidance!

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    Do any of you all have information about quilting camps? I think I could use some serious help and now that I've retired, I have time. I'm near the Cambridge/Salem/Hoosick NY area and can travel to Albany since I'm on my own if there is nothing closer.
    Thank you, ladies.
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    http://www.quiltingbythelake.com/

    not exactly nearby, but rave reviews from anyone I know who has attended.

    But what do you mean by "help?"
    Do you want one-on-one assistance? The group dynamic? Getting out of the house?

    Have you spoken to the LQS? Maybe they can hook you up with someone who would do private lessons on WHAT you need, not some canned class.


    Here's one closer:
    http://www.adirondackquiltcamp.com/

    http://www.fiberartworkshops.com/

    Also, you're coming up on the season for all the quilt shows in the NE. Have car will travel. You've got everything from small guild shows in CT to larger regional shows. They all offer shows, in addition to the eye-candy of a quilt show and vendors.

    I'll get you some quick links.

    http://www.vqf.org/
    http://www.lowellquiltfestival.org/
    http://www.mainequilts.org/Quilt_Show/index.html
    http://www.quilters-resource.com/qui...nnecticut.html

    That's a start. You'll have to do the rest of the legwork. ;-)

    Enjoy!!!

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    Quilting by the Lake is the biggest I know of. There is also a quilt retreat at Wiawaka, on Lake George, www.wiawaka.org.

    Log Cabin Fabrics in Ravena has a quilting weekend several times a year at Round Top, in Greene County. Her website is www.logcabinfabrics.net. The info for the web is outdated, but I'm pretty sure there are new weekends planned for 2011.

    You might have luck going through a quilt guild. There are a couple of active groups near you, the Wings Falls Quilters, and further down in Rensselaer County the East Side Quilters - I know they just had a retreat.

    Good luck, and if you go, have lots of fun.

    Janet

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    A retreat sounds lovely... lol!

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    I think the Adirondack quilt camp closed a couple of years ago.

    Log Cabin Fabrics in Ravena is Londa Van Derzee's business - she is a wonderful person and a great quilter. You'd have a great time with her.

    If there are Guilds nearby, check with them. One of my guilds sponsors one off-season at a ski resort.

    I began going to QBL in the 80's - went for 20+ years - it's a fabulous experience. Used to be in Cazanovia and then in Morrisville. Marty sold it a couple of years ago and it moved again to Onondaga CC in Syracuse.
    It's gotten way too expensive for me now
    If you can afford it, it's well worth giving yourself a treat; if only for a once in a lifetime experience.

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    Here's another quilt retreat in the Berkshires: http://www.berkshirequilts.com/

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    But what do you mean by "help?"
    Do you want one-on-one assistance? The group dynamic? Getting out of the house?


    In answer to these questions - all of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Quilts
    But what do you mean by "help?"
    Do you want one-on-one assistance? The group dynamic? Getting out of the house?

    In answer to these questions - all of the above.
    LOL! If you've got the time and the funds, just start by signing up for a class at your LQS.
    I don't know what level you think you are, but find something interesting.
    You'll meet other people. And I guarantee you there will be other women in the same situation as you.
    Does your LQS, or one nearby, have a free day of sewing when they open up their classroom? Take advantage of it.

    Now you might have found a carpool to a quilt show. And it grows from there.
    Heck, you'll probably be going to Houston in November. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    http://quilts.com/newHome/shows/index.php

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    Thanks so much for your direction, MTS! I'm new at this, so truly do need all the help I can get. On to Houston, LOL!!

    Love the NY Ladies, too - so many here, I feel like I shoudl add them to my buddy list. :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    I think the Adirondack quilt camp closed a couple of years ago.

    Log Cabin Fabrics in Ravena is Londa Van Derzee's business - she is a wonderful person and a great quilter. You'd have a great time with her.

    If there are Guilds nearby, check with them. One of my guilds sponsors one off-season at a ski resort.

    I began going to QBL in the 80's - went for 20+ years - it's a fabulous experience. Used to be in Cazanovia and then in Morrisville. Marty sold it a couple of years ago and it moved again to Onondaga CC in Syracuse.
    It's gotten way too expensive for me now
    If you can afford it, it's well worth giving yourself a treat; if only for a once in a lifetime experience.
    the Adirondack Quilt Camp is still alive and quilting! :)
    http://www.adirondackquiltcamp.com/Home_Page.php

    There is a session coming up. June 26th-29th It is being sponsored by Calico Gals quilt shop in Syracuse. (They are a great bunch of girls!!) I wish I could go but unfortunately need to work!

    http://calicogals.com/index.php/events-syracuse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    Here's another quilt retreat in the Berkshires: http://www.berkshirequilts.com/
    Have you been to this one? Sounds really nice and the price is quite reasonable for an all inclusive quilting retreat weekend!

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    You also have three other quilt guilds nearby......QUILT in Delmar (quiltinc.org)......QUILTS in Schenectady (quiltschenectady.org)........Quilt North (Quiltnorth.org) in Clifton Park......

    There should also be a guild in Bennington VT.....they have a quilt show every fall......

    There is the Fly Geese quilt shop in Colonie (near the Albany Airport)that does classes.......Almost one of a kind in Ballston Spa..........and the Joyful Quilter in Glenville


    I also heard that the quilting weeks in VT are very nice......... http://quiltinginvermont.stronghouseinn.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Have you been to this one? Sounds really nice and the price is quite reasonable for an all inclusive quilting retreat weekend!
    Sad to say, but no. The only one I've been to is Wiawaka, when Anita Shackelford and Sharon Stroud held quilt camp there. The accommodations were a bit rough, but it was a lot of fun, and of course, Lake George is magnificent!

    Janet

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    Oh, thank you all so much.
    Yes, the retreat in the Berkshires sounds heavenly; also, I love the Lake George area. Syracuse isn't too far for me - friends of my late DH live ther and I could reconnect with them,
    Yes, the Benington show in VT is one of the nicest small ones around. I might check out vermont too.
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Quilts
    Oh, thank you all so much.
    Yes, the retreat in the Berkshires sounds heavenly; also, I love the Lake George area. Syracuse isn't too far for me - friends of my late DH live ther and I could reconnect with them,
    Yes, the Benington show in VT is one of the nicest small ones around. I might check out vermont too.
    Thanks again.
    Vermont Quilt Festival is coming up at the end of June. The quilts in this show are spectacular. You can also take classes there. If you're in the area, this is a "must see" show.

    Hinterland, I've been to some rough retreats also and then to some with nice hotel rooms. They're all fun in the end because you got to go away doing a hobby you love with wonderful quilting friends!

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    Vermont Quilt Festival is coming up at the end of June. The quilts in this show are spectacular. You can also take classes there. If you're in the area, this is a "must see" show.


    Is that the one in Benington? That isn't too far for me.

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    It's the one in my link upthread:
    http://www.vqf.org/

    It was around 4 to 5 hours from NYC, so it's not a bad drive from your area at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    It's the one in my link upthread:
    http://www.vqf.org/

    It was around 4 to 5 hours from NYC, so it's not a bad drive from your area at all.
    Lovely, thank you. I think I just might do that. June in Vermont sounds nice.

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