This week has me off and running to New Jersey where I will be teaching my favorite Divide and Design Class! This workshop is wonderful for those wanting a simple method to designing the quilting for your tops. Three easy steps will be introduced to my students, and they will discover that the process of designing doesn’t have to be complicated.
So if you haven’t taken this class please check out my website, for more details, and who knows maybe you’ll come across another workshop that sparks your interest.
THIS Friday I will be hosting “Show ~n~ Tell” on my blog.
What does that mean for you my fellow quilters?
That means that all of crafty quilters need to send me photos of a project that you have in the works, or have completed (no one has to know how long ago you completed it..lol) I will post pictures of all that I received on Friday’s blog entry. Then, we will have the opportunity to observe what peers have accomplished, or are in the process of accomplishing. This is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE! That being said, if you choose to leave a comment please play nice in my sandbox. Maybe we will ignite creativity in one another, and enjoy this chance to admire the amazing talent transpiring all around us. All photos can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on folks you have 2 days to use that camera on your phone, or forward a picture from your computer to me! Click away!
I hope to see MANY projects taking up space in my inbox!
I’m gearing up for “Vending Round 2”! My first experience vending taught me so much that I hope the insight I have gained while in Houston serves me well. I realize it’s going to take SEVERAL vending trials and tribulations to discover my niche in this arena.
Judy and I have packed and are about ready to hit the show floor with a “Less is More” approach. I shipped entirely too much product for the Houston International Festival. I was overzealous with what I assumed was needed for the booth and by the end of that show Judy and I were not happy campers. The amount of items that remained was disheartening. I guess not everyone uses rulers…😳 who would have thought.
Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? I am sure Judy would agree that the fatigue that consumed us at the conclusion of our initial vending extravaganza had us feeling miserable. Those dreaded hours of packing boxes, which would be shipped back to PA, was exhausting. If only Mary Poppins would have floated my way, I would have happily treated her to a lovely dinner and drinks (and even thrown in some free rulers, who knows maybe she’s a quilter at heart)!
But now I am moving on and revving up for the MQX Show! I will be teaching one class and vending (booth 188).
Has anyone out there already reserved some time for this event? If so let me know, I’d love to see you!
Well our trip seemed quite uneventful leaving at 9am Wednesday morning, with no morning traffic to wrestle with, UNTIL I observed a vehicle on my bumper. Typically I notice some young thing in a hurry to get somewhere, but to my surprise I was amazed to see Motoring Mom-Mom behind me. Unfortunately due to SOME traffic could not easily slide to the right lane and this only enhanced Motoring Mom-Mom’s road rage. My rear view mirror gave me quite a show as her head was shaking back and forth in great dismay at my inability to achieve a driving speed of 95 mph. Sorry mom-mom I don’t wants to ruffle any police officer’s feathers with exceeding the speed limit too much! Eventually I moved over, and as she crept up to my car, this older women passed by giving me a piece of her mind with several head motions. Oh my!
I was actually hoping we would see her at the Marriott! Maybe she just couldn’t wait to buy one of my rulers?!
I loved the ability to network with all the amazing people I encountered over the four days I was working. Whether we exchange ideas, share experiences, or provide inspiration to one another it is incredible what a conference room and class room full of individuals can bring to your future. However, one thing I did neglect to bring which does help when connecting with new contacts is BUSINESS CARDS! I need to start making sure I have them here, there and everywhere. Making sure they are packing should be a no brainer, especially during a business trip.
For Students: Take a class every session? Well, of course that ultimately is a personal preference. However, you may want to consider the classes you are contemplating attending. How long do they run, and how much of a break you will provide yourself with prior to your next class? For me I know I need a little breather, so I can refuel and get my head back in the game. Otherwise my mind turns to mush. I realize it’s difficult to choose especially with so many different topics and instructors but don’t feel as though it’s imperative for you to jam pack your day to the point of walking away having all that you have experienced blurring into one fuzzy period of time.
One of the most exciting things about teaching and attending these conferences is that I rejuvenate my mind and help others step outside their box of creativity. Instructing students gets my design juices flowing and hopefully those I educate walk out of my classroom having gained some of those quilting juices. Understanding that stepping outside the box will promote individuality and confidence. Ultitmately their style will come full circle. And it never hurts to remind those that have come to spend their mornings or afternoons with us that constantly attempting new skills (even when our intial attempts fail) and techniques allows us to slowly become the best quilter we can be. Our quilting journey is never ending!
Lastly, I think surrounding myself with other educators, and quilting peers is a trip filled with plenty of smiles, common passions, and most of all fun. AND never forget there are moments that we all know what happens in VA stays in VA!
Do I have any quilting friends that also enjoyed their time in VA?