Sunday, October 9, 2011

Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands Hold Autumn Magicl for tenHappy Quilters

MISA or Madeline School of the Arts was host to my story quilt class this week and here are 9 lovely women who drove and flew from many different states to take the class. This school is built on an old farm and the farm house has been rebuilt (beautiful) to hold guests and teacher and many buildings brand new host guests in adorable bedrooms with fridges, microwaves and all of the things you would want including a fabulously beautiful setting in a meadow surrounded by Fall trees of all colors. What a place to create story quilts! The classroom is large and windows on every wall. It is really a wonderful location on Lake Superior. For people who have not seen the color in the midwest it is a real treat.
I am used to large ferries since I live in Washington state and the ferry from Bayfield to Madeline island is small with lovely (SO nice) people who work on it and it is a short 15 to 20 minutes across with many opportunities to take photos of the beauty of this charming place (on both sides)
I know it is against the law but I could not help but take photos as I drove by the doesn't show just how heavenly the colors are.
I will be going back to teach story quilts there the second week of October next year. If you live anywhere in the midwest you would be so glad you came and got in on the flavor and the fun of this beautiful place in the fall.
I was so busy taking photos outside and in the classroom, I didn't get the photos of the red buildings of the school of arts. You can see that by going to their website-google MISA.
Above is the only photo I got of this little building which is adorable and filled with wonderful art-it is the office of the owner of MISA (Charles)-I love this windmill and thought it would be keen in a quilt!
I flew into Duluth and drove a couple hours to the ferry. The ride was simple straight forward and delightful. Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands are in Wisconsin and just over the hill from Minnesota. Think about what kind of quilt you could make while you enjoy everything about this wonderful destination and also the people in the workshop who are enjoying Autumn along with you. Think fresh apples, Apple Pie, fresh fish, pumpkins, scarecrows and all things Autumn.


  1. Such a beautiful area and really beautiful with the fall colors changing in the hills.


  2. Looks like an amazing place to visit. The Autumn colours are spectacular.

    Can't wait to see what your students produced.

  3. WOW..I wish I had known about this. What beautiful surroundings. If you ever go there again I'd love to be apart of it. Can't wait to see your students work. Hugs