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!
As a child we all dreamed of what we would become once we grew up. We’d spend hours pondering on whether we would acquire those far off wants. And many evenings we gazed up at the stars wishing, and praying that we would create a reality out of those “maybe/someday” visions.
Just recently I’ve been asked, “Have you totally grown up? Or do you still have something you want to be become?” Wow, that question had me reflecting just a little bit! Hmmm, had I reached all the stars in my dream filled sky? Is there something more I wanted to become? Of course, I love being a mom, a wife, and a successful professional of the Longarm industry, but is there that one dream that I’m still secretly wishing upon? In one word, yes.
IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA
Believe it or not I get extremely nervous prior to my lectures, classes and Trunk shows. The worries of connecting with my audience and conveying my material in an articulate, intelligent, and entertaining fashion can be overwhelming. However, on the occasional moments that I have been placed in front of the camera I feel totally at ease. It’s simply me and the camera. I love that the camera can’t roll its eyes, yawn, or get up and leave the room in the middle of what I am saying.
So if/when I totallygrow up, I will be, someday, in front of the camera. My dream will have me filming, none other than, segments pertaining to Longarm quilting. Did you think it would about anything else? I say go big or go home…so I’m dreaming big, really big. And who knows maybe when I really, really grow up I might hear:
Are you all grown up? Or are their still stars you are wishing upon? I’d love to hear what YOU want to be when you totally grow up!