Tick, Tock, Goes the Clock..Tuesday’s the BIG day!
Yes, my fellow quilters and students have asked; and I have listened! Therefore, I am thrilled to announce that this Tuesday, July 17th, my online “Trunk Tell All” will go live! PLUS a lot of extras!
I have been hearing from many of you, far and wide, how you would love the opportunity to attend my trunk show but unfortunately logistically it just doesn’t work. That is simply unacceptable; I just cannot allow that to continue. There will be no more worries about where I”ll be, and how to get there, because I’m bringing my show, and a whole lot of extras, directly to YOU! AND for only $50 you get to witness all of it!
Let’s make things even more exciting by revealing that there are also some great “extra’s” included with this program. The first being the pattern of the Emerald Isle! A great starter pattern!
Now if you weren’t the slightest bit interested in quilting you wouldn’t be found viewing this, correct? If that’s the case, and you haven’t already done so, I urge you to jump into Divide and Design! It really makes the craft of quilting a no brainer. And because I believe whole heartedly in this method I’ll provide you with my one page handout on the secret to Divide and Design during this session! YES, that’s right, a second little giveaway!
Finally, sign up during the first week of this launch and you’ll be added to the “Ain’t No Junk” Facebook group! I will be hosting a Facebook LIVE event; during which time I will answer any questions and concerns you may have on all things Quilty! So make sure you’re following me!
I can barely contain my excitement… you’ve asked and I’ve listened… Yeah…..
Make sure you are signed up to receive my newsletter, or follow my blog, instagram or Facebook… one of them or all of them… you don’t want to miss out…. I am hoping to be spilling the beans next week…. so stay tuned.
Most of you know it’s with much excitement that I’ve announced that Perfect Plumes has made its big debut. But what you don’t know is that during the process of constructing my latest class, with a little help, I filmed a little promo video for the launch of my newest addition. Below you will find the small segment to watch, if you haven’t already. And if you’re about to click “play” keep in mind that there’s nothing I love more than adding a bit of comedy into my work days.
So feel free take a look at the video:
Since you have watched the above little clip I’d like to now reveal the first couple recordings that were filmed. But first I need to disclose that my red-headed assistant, Drea, was helping with this project. And whenever the two of us are found in the same room, regardless of size, a unique and rare element of playfulness fills the space. For the record I’d like to say that despite how many times fits of laughter place our work on a brief pause; we still manage to be productive! So, on this particular day Drea, and I thought it would be fun to add a “tiny” bit of costuming to the video; and the chosen accessory was a wig. The end result is what you are about to observe below. Now, I realize that you may not find it nearly as comical as we did; but trust me, managing a falling wig makes “serious” acting a bit difficult. My intent in sharing these clips is to encourage everyone to permit themselves to embrace silly, laughter-filled, moments in their day. And if you’re lucky enough to have someone who brings that aspect into your life then make sure that you incorporate them into your tomorrows!
I realize that I have been MIA, but for good reason as it all pertains to my love of quilting. Numerous commitments have kept me on the go; trust me even my husband thinks I’ve disappeared! First up was MQX (Machine Quilter’s Expo) in New Hampshire. I love attending this show, it holds a special place in my heart since it was my first teaching gig way back in 2006. I get such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when I walk through the doors of this arena.
The word “amazing” doesn’t come close to describing this show or the quilts! AND the quilters were spectacular! I am beyond thrilled to report that my four-year (okay five-year) project, “Oh, My Bleeding Heart” placed 3rd in the Solo division! I am speechless and filled with immense joy.
During my classes I was in awe of my incredibly talented students, and that’s putting it mildly. They were amazing and brought tons of fun and the love of teaching to my days at MQX.
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No, no I have not forgotten about my Perfect Plumes class. The perfectionist that I am, I felt that I needed to add a “final” project to the session. This little addition to the class has taken me a little bit longer than expected to produce. Good things come to those that wait..lol!
I believe everyone will be excited to hear that the ProFeather Rulers have arrived! If you’re out of the loop and haven’t heard about them, you better get in the loop by checking them out !!!
Just hang in there with me; those beautiful pieces of clear plastic will be in my hot little hands within 2 weeks! Remember my last post containing the video of hopelessness? If not, go back and watch. If you did watched that little excerpt, and giggled, and moreover connected with my message then you really need to witness the ProFeather ruler in action. I’ll admit, perhaps my acting wasn’t quite convincing enough to have you believe that this tool would be incredibly helpful. BUT I am quite confident that the video below will demonstrate how unbelievably useful this instrument could be in producing feathers freehand!
Now that you have viewed my tutorial aren’t you super excited about getting your hands on one of cute little rulers? Yes, FINALLY this product ready to launch! How about we let a flock of feather’s fly among your fabric!
Does the following little video have you glancing in the mirror saying, “Oh my god! That’s me!” If so, then you’ll be happy to know I have a solution!
Yes, step by step, things are really starting to move forward in my little studio, here in Pennsylvania. Even during the process of preparing for shows, lectures, etc. I have remained focused on producing the ProFeather™ ruler AND the Perfect Plumes Class. No doubt it’s a lot to juggle, but I’m so excited that I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest ruler and class that I can’t set it aside now! Heck no! So be on the look out, they are coming your way very soon!!!
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.
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 🙂