and a Reality Check
One of the reminders from my time at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show is that I’m quirky. Shocking! I love being quirky.
Embrace quirk, let go of seriousness. Seriously.
So, this weekend during the lecture “Surprise I’m a Free Motion Quilter” the end of the lecture came, as I made decisions about quilts to share I picked up Shine Your Light, my tribute Quilt to Yvonne Porcella as the last quilt. I started talking about Yvonne, SAQA, the inspiration for the quilt, and how Donna ice dyed the fabric that year that Eastern MA got over 100” of snow. There came a moment when I got choked up, heart in throat, tears welling in my eyes. I didn’t realize how much this quilt means to me.
In just a few short weeks from now the Connections Quilt Festival will take place in Nashua, NH November 9 – 11. The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Exhibit will be there on display with all of the information on each one of the quilts.
I get to teach three different classes:
Thursday – Beginner Free Motion Quilting/Permission to Free Motion Quilt.
Friday – Let Your Foot Loose be Fancy & Free/Intermediate/Advanced Machine Quilting
Saturday – Go Mini or Go Home – Lone Star
this outta be so much fun, and I’m can hardly wait to see you there.
I’ll be participating in a facebook live on the Connections Quilt Festival fb page at 10:00 Eastern this morning. Come join us! Here’s a link to the video
My bags are nearly packed. One quilt is in the dryer for a final fresh me up. There are kits for Go With the Flow Monday, paper and color pencils for And Now What?! (Doodle Your way to Better Quilting) on Sunday . The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Lecture is ready to go. And giveaways, I have some giveaways for each event.
I’m honored and excited for this weekend. Honored because I get to do what I love. Excited because Trish, representing the Show Committee asked me over a year ago to be the Featured Speaker for the show. This request arrived in my inbox right around the time that the store announced it was closing, so this little bright spot in that moment.
On a hunch I searched my photos. Twilight in the Bronx won a second place ribbon way back in 2009. Serendipity is a good thing!
I will be demoing in the S&S Vac booth. Paula Reid will be in the Sew & Vac booth (ruler work on the home sewing machine). Debby Brown will be in the Quilt Basket Booth with the Cuties.
I’ll be doing a facebook live with Debby this afternoon. She may be behind the camera or in front…we’ll figure it out.
See you soon!
So I’m pausing today to be thankful for all of the amazing people in my life:
My sweetie, for saying, “Yes” every single day.
Bruce and Diane, for making and creating beautiful fabric, and loads of encouragement.
Paula Reid who’s been a friend since my first teaching gig in Knoxville, TN. Her batt scooters are the best for quilters with hot hands!
The Generation Q Magazine Crew
I’m grateful for postcards
Muffins fresh out of the oven
Mostly I’m thankful for the amazing quilting world.
Remember a few weeks ago that I mentioned I had some news. I’m teaching at Connections Quilt Festival November 9, 10, and 11. And! Bonus! The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Exhibit will be there!
Melinda Bula, Judy Damon, Lynn Wheatley, Tracy Zimmerman Szanto, Margaret Mew, Lynn Thibault and Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill are all headlining this event. Check out each teacher and sign up for classes as soon as humanly possible.
When you have a chance, go take a look at the image in this article. It’s an optical illusion and is so freaking cool.
Visit the Birmingham UK Festival of Quilts through Luana Rubin‘s eyes. Magnificent!
I’m working on the next step in the Quilted Block of the Month. It’s going to be fun!
For my Lucy’s Nickles Quilters – thanks for your patience. I’m working on several quilts on deadlines right now. Eke!
Debby Brown has this great kit for 1000 Postcards for Peace. And soon, a squaring/centering template. She’ll be at Maine Quilts this weekend in the Sanford Sewing Booth.
I have a few upcoming gigs:
Quilt Basket Pawling – Saturday September 16 “If the Foot Fits Use it” and will offer quilt suggestions.
Dutchess Heritage Quilt Celebration October 7 & 8
Fall Quilt Market Houston, TX October 28 & 29
I’m working on another, as soon as I have details I’ll share.
Saturday’s blog will feature drawings of motifs on the Quilted Block of the Month. Yahoo! August will bring a new block, a sneak peek on Instagram later this week.
Oh and a review of Pins & Needles Kits.
We’re gearing up for the Fall Issue of Generation Q Magazine! Jake is having her final surgery next week. I interviewed Latifah Saafir for I am GenQ. As a reminder I’m doing Ad Sales and would love to discuss the possibilities with you.
What are you stitching this week?
New on the teaching schedule: Saturday September 16, at the Quilt Basket (Pawling, NY) I’ll be doing the “If the Foot Fits Use it” and offering some advice on quilting your quilts. First lecture at 11, second at 1, and I’ll be there til 3. Give them a call and sign up. Bring two quilts and a sketchbook, let’s talk.
We had some family time over the weekend so not much in the way of quilting. I did visit Quilting Possibilities. This morning I’m going to open the big box
that I like. And get started on a project for the magazine.
Before all of this I’m going to finish writing my first post on Quilt Coach.
Have a great quilterly day.
Don’t mess with Debby’s Chocolate Cake.
This is by far the most important thing learned at Spring Quilt Market.
Needless to say I handed over the fork in my hand.
Luckily I had a bandage in my purse. I was really wanting a Hello Kitty bandage, sadly none was readily available when the need was most pressing.
The rest of this week will be Market follow-up and some quilting.