I’m still looking for February; and searching high and low for March!
I spent the better portion of last week at the AQS Lancaster Quiltweek. My trip began with a lovely spring blizzard which kindly dropped 12″ of snow on surrounding roads. Moreover, it’s timing couldn’t have been better…not. Those beautiful, white, flakes began falling from the sky above on the day I was scheduled to leave. But I pulled my big girl snow pants up, as high as they would go, and prayed that my 4 wheel drive SUV was up to challenge of transporting this quilter to Lancaster.
You will note that the speedometer above shows the average speed at which I drove. Slowly, but surely, moving at a snail’s pace of 20 mph, I inched my way towards my destination.
I MADE IT TO LANCASTER!
The workmanship and creativity in the quilts I encountered were spectacular. I had to share one of my favorites below. Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin make an amazing team as you can clearly see by what they created.
I was so proud and ecstatic that my BFF, Barbara Persing, piece won 1st place! AQS allowed me to conduct her winner’s interview. Doesn’t get better than that, for me at least! LOL
My time in Lancaster had me taking in the sites of many gorgeous quilts, and teaching classes. What more could I have asked for? Well, how about spending time with friends from near and far? Ah yes, that was the icing on the cake! So that grueling, 20 mph, crawl to the AQS Lancaster Quiltweek was more than worth it!
February where are you, where did you go? And did you take half of March with you? Will someone please find February, and for that matter, the beginning of March. I need them returned to me ASAP!
Goals, yes I have a few. You may be wondering why I’m sharing such things with you. Well, in order to accomplish these objectives, I felt if I shared them with all my quilting followers they would become a reality sooner rather than later. Nothing wrong with a little peer pressure.
The first on my little list “to do” is launching my newest feather’s class by April 1st, 2018. Although this will be a session for both domestic and longarm machines I will be rolling the session out to those using a domestic machine first (don’t worry longarm class will be following right behind). Then I will move forward, and create three additional classes by the end of this year. So if you want to learn something special…. let me know!
Next, I am introducing one on one consulting, which I am ecstatic to start! I offer one hour sessions with those needing guidance, and/or instruction on all the various aspects of this craft. Nothing is off-limits! We can discuss business, designing, quilting etc. I’ll be of service to my clients regarding any part of this industry, all you’ll need to do is schedule a consult!
Lastly, I’m really striving to hire my red-headed assistant full-time. My business is becoming more than a one woman job. It’s time for me delegate some aspects of this business to a coworker. Most of my days are spent cutting fabric; and constructing books for my kits and upcoming shows. We all know I’d rather be behind the machine, and bringing her on full-time would prove to be a great asset!
Because I’ve completed the final testing of my newest ruler, the feather ruler, now they are ready for production! I just need to get these lovely tools packaged and then we are ready to launch them your way! And should you all decide they are beneficial to your quilting I will pursue one or two more feather rulers. Your reaction to this initial product will determine the fate of future feather rulers.
This week I will be at the AQS Show in Lancaster! I’m hoping to see many familiar faces as I will hosting two lectures and taking in the show. Please make sure you stop and say hello if you happen to attend this event. Getting the chance to meet new peers and connect with fellow quilters puts a huge smile on my face!
I am blown away by the number of responses I received regarding feathers. Thank you so much for all the information that you submitted; I greatly appreciate, and WANT, the input! Rest assured that your valuable insight will contribute to the construction of an amazing feathering class!
Be on the lookout for a new “Feather Ruler”. You read correctly, in addition to the upcoming class I also have a Feather Ruler in the works! I still remain firm on the fact that everyone can create these beauties freehand, but a “combination” ruler will also prove beneficial. This tool can be utilized during quilting, more importantly, it will encourage the designer to draw plumes while training and instilling the process to one’s memory.
Feathers… the technique I wanted to learn above all else. I LOVE feathers, and couldn’t wait to master this technique. I would invest hours, upon hours, drawing those beautiful images. But let’s be realistic the outcome of my first attempts weren’t very pretty. However, as practice would have it, my skills have matured and my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds since those initial feathering days.
Since I know how agonizing it can be wanting those magical feathers to appear sooner rather than later on your fabric I thought it might be beneficial to share my process. My goal is to prevent students from encountering the same struggles and frustration that I did many moons ago.
The class, “Perfect Plumes” is so close to launching! But before it makes its big debut I feel it necessary to make sure that the majority of students concerns are addressed during this course. “Perfect Plumes” will be a beginner class that guides you through the step by step process and basic shape of the feather. In addition, by the completion of this session you will also understand how to intertwine and hide feathers. You can expect to have fun learning how to feather away on your fabric!
So before I launch “Perfect Plumes” I ask that you please send me those concerns and major struggles that you have come across when creating feathers. Your success is important to me, so give me your input! My mission is to demonstrate the tools and method that brings the amazing art of designing feathers to your quilting world!
The MidAtlantic Quilt Festival was upon me, and I had yet to make a sign for my booth. I was hell-bent on creating a sign; I refused to present my space without it! No way, no how, this quilter was in a “get out of my way” mode until this task had been accomplished (I’m sure many of you can relate to a project that brought you similar feelings) Was having this piece absolutely necessary? Was the world going to end if I my sign wasn’t present at the show? When I am in a sane state of mind I would obviously say, of course not.
So I kindly informed my husband, Jon, that I was going to allow my studio to hold me hostage in order to erect the lovely sign for my booth. Many hours later, and I mean MANY, I emerged, weary, and blurry eyed; but victorious! My company sign was finished! I was so proud, and yet Jon raised his eyebrows at me like I was some lunatic. I wanted to grab his cheeks and say, “Hello? Do you understand what I have just accomplished?” But I refrained from doing so and relished silently in my personal success. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to read my husbands FB post that it became very apparent that he had no idea the “type” of sign I was making. Silly boy!
BTW, it looked fabulous in the booth and was well worth the hours of stitching. I hope my husband realizes that sharpies and poster board are for beginners, this quilter is a little more advance than that 🙂