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When I grow up I want to be an overachiever

A while back in an email conversation ended the note with, “when I grow up I want to be an overachiever”.  The gal receiving the note replied that she giggled reading this.

I’m in process of making “Twilight in the Bronx” into a four week class in intermediate/advanced machine quilting.  The class will be offered at the quilt cottage in Mamaroneck.  As soon as I have dates I’ll let you know.  Nancy, the shop owner, has more copies of Quilt Scene available if you haven’t purchased your copy yet, she has them!

So about 2 weeks ago in the midst of a few other projects I needed to get project notes ready for Quilting Arts TV, including basic directions for “Twilight in the Bronx”.  I started over thinking what they needed – meaning details and more details – and am in process of photographing the whole process.  I’m glad I emailed them back as the response was simple, simple, simple.  Whew!  I sent what they needed this morning however I’m going to keep going with the process as it’s helping me understand how to approach the class and what’s important to convey.  I’ll let you know ahead of time, this class takes a lot of thread!

So the overachiever part…in the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on 2 quilts for Benartex.  The tree quilt (see below).  Teaching both machine quilting and beginner quilting at Hartsdale Fabrics.  Writing the directions for “Twilight in the Bronx” for Quilting Arts and doing the class development at the same time.  My brochure for lectures/classes  is in process of being updated with a new lecture title and I’ll be adding  the class based on “Twilight”.  Oh, and working my regular hours in the quilt shop at Hartsdale.  I love what I do so much it’s hard to know when & how to stop and do something with my family.

The tree quilt has been delivered to the quilt cottage and will be picked up soon.  Due to space restrictions this is the best full view photo I was able to get.  I’ve asked the owner of the quilt for a full view as soon as she has a chance.   *if this photo looks like it’s upside down, it is…this was the only way I could get a right side up pic…I could have turned the quilt around, silly me*  I like how this quilt finished.

Here’s a photo of the back of the quilt….one of my favorite trees is in this area.

I really hope my customer likes this!!

This is a picture of one of my favorite trees that you can see in the picture above.  Each tree is quilted differently.  Whew.

I chose this loopy pattern for the border as it’s easy to move around the outer two borders fairly easily.  I used Sulky Chocolate brown for this and am pleased with the results.  I’m also glad my camera has a Macro setting to get good detail of this.  This is fairly large and easy to do across the surface.  This is a pattern that Mary Anne taught me…thanks!

I’m a huge fan of Paula Nadelsterns work.  I love the complexity of her Kaleidoscope quilts and managed to see her one woman show at the Folk Art Museum a while back.  A friend, knowing I love Paula’s quilts, gave me a Paula Nadelstern tote bag.  This will be the bag for carrying stuff to and from classes!  Thanks

Last night my sweet dh purchased tickets for us to head into the City on Friday night and see … A Prairie Home Companion!  They’ve been at Town Hall a few times in the last few years and we’ve wanted to go and Friday’s our night.  I’m so excited.

Happy Quilting!


1 thought on “When I grow up I want to be an overachiever”

  1. They didn’t have them when I was there last Saturday!!! Darn!
    That thread doesn’t look brown at all-it blends nicely with both of the border colors.
    When do you sleep? 🙂

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