I could gush on and on but I am going to get going with the photos because that's why you are all here right !
Here is a photo of Polly and I standing in front of a lovely shop quilt made from their wildly popular blue and white Indigo Crossing fabric collection. There was tons of that stuff flying out the door that weekend. I'm thankful I don't quilt - I was sorely tempted but resisted because the wool fumes were overwhelming and I was already drooling over the available wool kits.
Here is a rug I started with Polly prior to this workshop at another camp. I was having a hard time jump starting my new project so I just kept hooking on this one. I do love it so much - for anyone who wants to know - this rug is on the cover of the Americana Collection book. A little later I will show the cover rug which lives on Polly's wall at home.
This was not a kit from Polly - however the majority of the wool is from Polly. I added the yellow greens and did the backround in Polly's signature style of combining 3 similar backround wools together. LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In the backround is Polly's gameboard rug next to DF Karen who has head down and is working away. Over to the left is DF Donna who was working on Polly's amazing Lady Liberty rug - can't believe I failed to get a photo of Donna's beautiful Semper Fi flag she finished on Memorial Day weekend.
I can't remember if this was from the American Summer book but I think so. I think Polly said this quilt and a rug was going to a new home in Australia. So yes - Polly does sell her rugs in galleries and she has collectors of her work all over the world as does Laurie. So if you see something you can't live without - give them a shout and see what work of art can come to live at your house.
This is the wonderful vintage bicycle rug from the American Summer book. Don't you love the streamers from the handlebars - that brings back memories doesn't it !
Another exquisitely appliqued quilt - not sure of the book but the colors look like Spirit of Sacajawea - pardon me on any of these if I am wrong.
LOVE LOVE this one - if Polly had brought this kit it would have come home with me. Let's don't talk about the TWO kits that *DID* come home with me - they are even more my style - a hint - nautical/sea creatures - some of my favorite subjects to hook.
Another great Christmas themed rug - Behind the pillow is Pam one of the owners of Calico and seated beside her is Martha - Their shop has been in business for 30 years and is a great shop - Even though I don't quilt I go to their once a month Friday night "dinner with Vern" event ( Vern is the shop cat)
All the rug hookers who attended felt very welcome at Calico and we really appreciate their generosity in opening their shop to Polly and her band of groupies.
I had a bunch more photos that just didn't come out because I was jiggling too much or someone stepped in front of the shot. The workshop was so inspiring - Polly is an amazing folk artist who has coined a look that is sought after and collected by both rug hookers and fans of fiber art. Her work has graced many magazines, galleries, art shows and we were just overwhelmed by her wit and wisdom in regards to her storied career that spans 30 + years and over 400 rugs. If you ever get a chance to meet or take a workshop with either or both of the dream team of Polly and Laurie - don't pass it by - it will be an experience you will remember always. Cheers !