New Year, New Home
Goodbye, 2016. What a difference a year can make. It's been nearly 11 months since the gas explosion and fire devastated my life in Colorado. The support from the quilting community has meant the world to me.
In November, I purchased a new 'old' home in Henniker, New Hampshire. Just to add to the fun and excitement of my life, I thought a cross-country move was just what I needed. After the closing, I arrived back in Colorado to organize the move, reclaim all my rescued possessions from the fire recovery team, and enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with friends Jim and Madeleine Vail.
On December 1, I began the four-day drive across America in my Jeep. My first stop was in Burlington, Colorado, to visit Susan and Jodey Hartman on their farm. The Hartmans were kind enough to warehouse all of the spools of threads that Ricky Tims had been collecting through the "Threads for David" campaign. Thank you, Ricky. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Although much of my fabric was rescued - I'll be cutting around the scorched areas - all of my thread was lost in the fire. Hopefully you were able to see the post of Susan and me on my Facebook page. We spent hours going through all of the cartons and reading the lovely notes and cards from around the world. I don't think I'll ever need to buy another spool of thread.
I spent the first night in my new home exactly 10 months after the last night in my home in Steamboat Springs. Every day gets a little easier, and every day gets a little harder - so much has been lost. I AM trying to focus on what is possible for the future.
A huge thanks to Kelly at Sulky of America for the generous donation of Blendables cotton variegated thread. Every color. Happy tears.
To Bob and Heather at Superior Threads, I am lifted up by your generosity and kindness.
HandiQuilter, Inc. has been with me since I began my career as a quilting instructor. They still have my back. To Mark, Darren, Brenda and the extended HQ education family... there are no words adequate enough at this point.
Road to California
The first event on my calendar in 2017 is Road to California in Ontario. It's always a treat to leave winter behind and head to Southern California for a week! I'll be teaching full-day classes Monday through Saturday, Jan. 16 to 21. There are still spots available in some of my workshops. Follow this link for more information on my classes: Road to California Workshops.
Silver Fox Inn
Monday, January 9, I'll be opening up online registration for my workshop retreat in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, in September. If you've been thinking of taking my pictorial applique workshop this is a terrific venue. The workshop is four full days and two half-days and includes all meals, accommodations at the Silver Fox Inn, and a field trip to Keepsake Quilting for $999.00 per person/double occupancy. For more information, visit this link on my website and register early:Silver Fox Inn. The class size is limited to a maximum of 15 students to allow for more one-on-one instruction. Can't decide on a photo? Please let me know and I'll have an image - and pattern - available for you! I hope you can join us this fall - mark your calendar for September 18-23. Ask anyone who's been with us in the past... you'll never go hungry at the Silver Fox Inn, the family-style meals are always delicious, and who doesn't enjoy a trip to Keepsake Quilting?
Other than my New Hampshire workshop, I'll only be teaching a limited number of retreat workshops in 2017: Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in February/March and Madeline Island School of the Arts in October. That's it. Enrollment is filling up, so register soon.
Many of my students know I had been working on a few series of patterns before the fire. It seems like my life will revolve around that incident for some time to come. As soon as the room in my new home that will be my studio starts to take shape, I'll be back at producing more quilts and patterns. I have finished another of my "Flower of the Month" patterns and it is at the printer as I type this! They should be ready in time for my Floral Applique workshop at Road to California in less than 2 weeks. Sorry, that workshop is full. I'll be adding the new pattern for the "Sweet Pea" to my online store as soon as I have them in hand! I added the "Rose" pattern to the shop last Fall.
That's all the news for now. I keep my on-line calendar as up-to-date as possible, so I hope to see you at an event soon.
Until next time,