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 🙂
Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to Ft Lauderdale and taught at a retreat with Angie Steveson and Carol Ann Waugh. Wow, I had a blast! Let’s begin by saying this always freezing cold girl was headed somewhere warm! Oh yeah! The only downside was that it was the perfect weather for doing my favorites thing in the world, besides quilting, which is playing golf. The mild temperatures and the bright shining sun teased me with their amazing golfing conditions. I made a silent pact with weather gods of Ft Lauderdale that I would return, in the not so far off future, with golf clubs and a tee time calling my name.
The hub of where I taught was “One Upon A Quilt”. This fabulous store is owned by Lisa Stevens. If you are ever in Ft Lauderdale and have any interest in quilting you MUST visit her shop! I’ve included a quick video so that anyone that might be traveling her way can see what they are missing. Trust me you don’t want to miss an opportunity to see what her establishment has to offer, I’m hoping that she invites me back very soon!
What does 60 fabulous quilters plus 3 days equal? An extraordinary amount of incredible quilting! Angie Stevenson was the embroidery guru, Carol Ann Waugh was the stitching queen, and me; the quilting goddess… lol.
Each day we were presented with 20 new fresh quilters. The three of us taught our specialty. I’ll admit not everyone was thrilled to learn quilting with use of rulers. Many stated that they quilt by check, but I eventually brought 99.99999% of them to the ruler side of quilting. Moreover, now having learned this process they have obtained an appreciation for what their quilters must accomplish. At the retreats conclusion it appeared everyone was leaving with a lot of useful information and techniques. I may have actually created some quilting monsters, or at least I hope I did! It was very impressive to witness how talented these individuals were; even the ones who quilted by check…
My second class was by far my rowdiest group. And I mean that in the best of ways. Note the picture below.
Did I drive them all to drink? Is that picture a good thing or a bad thing?
I wonder what are your thoughts on that, please share!