Old Man Winter has left the building... one day this past week, New Hampshire experienced a lot of record-breaking temperatures. It reached 70-degrees F here in Henniker! In February! Of course, it was back down to 34-degrees by the next evening, but still. All of the snow is gone from my yard, and mud season has commenced.
There were some terrific projects happening during my workshop at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, a few weeks ago. Most were repeat students who knew to bring oodles of fabric, and they were all open to sharing and laughing and ... chocolate! Even the three days of rain could not dampen the sunshine in our classroom. MISA sure knows how to host a creative classroom. I'm hoping for a teaching spot with them at their new winter campus in Santa Fe in the coming years. How nice would that be?
Next up is Applique Away at Galveston Bay. I've got all the kits packed and ready for the trip. I must say, I am very proud of the new bluebonnet pattern I created just for the event. You just might see the pattern in my online store soon. Stay tuned.
After Galveston I have a week at home before heading to California for a five-day workshop at the Cotton Patch quilt shop in Lafayette and two Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar. Those events will take me right up to the month of April. Good grief. Where does the time go?
What have I been working on in my studio?
The pieced self-portrait has come to a temporary halt as I've been on the road. But I should get back to it in April after my trips. I have made a decision to recreate one of the applique tops that was ruined in the fire two years ago. I was sharing pictures of past works with my students in Tucson and I remember remarking that I didn't have the heart to recreate one of them. Upon arriving back home, I dug it out of storage (I haven't the strength to actually throw it away) and layed it out to look at once again. It doesn't look as cheerful as it did before the fire. The colors are all muted, there are scorch marks and the life has gone out of it. But I remember the reaction it would get from my students when I would show it as a work in progress. And although there are nearly one thousand pieces of applique, I'm ready. I found the original hand-drawn pattern, and am transferring it to freezer paper. I had originally begun this project many years ago, based on an illustration by my niece Samantha. Now she's all grown up and married. She and her husband, Dave Petrie, are owners and designers of Poisonfish Games.
So that gives me three current projects I'm working on. I've finished the January tree block from the Piecemakers 2002 calendar, and February is in the embroidery phase! Plus, I'm finishing up the Flowers of the Month pattern series. I've just four more patterns to create and the setting. And I'm still excited about it! Whew! I just have to remember to breathe.
Spring Retreat at the Valley Inn
There are only a few spots available for my new Spring retreat workshop at the Valley Inn in Waterville Valley, NH, in May. Enrollment is limited. The $999.00 rate includes five nights of shared accommodations, meals, and the workshop from Monday, May 21 to Saturday, May 26, 2018. Single rooms are available for $1299. Read more about it here: Valley Inn 2018 Retreat Workshop. Registration is now open.
Machine Quilters Expo
It's been years since I taught for MQX, and I'm thrilled to be teaching two classes in April for the Manchester, NH, show. Of course, since the event has 'Machine Quilters' in the title, I'll be offering a full-day class in machine quilting on Saturday. It's called "Rhythm and Hues" and it's all about tension adjustment and learning to free-motion quilt with a variety of thread types - one of my favorite classes to teach. My Turned-Edge Machine Applique class has already sold out. Registration is now open! If you live in New England, come join me! Follow this link for more information: mqxshow.com.
Quilting by the Lake
This July, I'll be back at Onondaga Community College campus for Quilting by the Lake! This very prestigious summer retreat brings more than a dozen faculty members to Syracuse, New York, for two weeks focusing on the quilting arts. I'm honored to be invited back. I taught a very memorable workshop in 2016 (which included a pink monkey, Moo-ley Cyrus, the red-shirt story, the fire department, and so much more... good times) having more fun than I thought I could in one week. There are a few spots available for my workshop this summer. I'm working on getting a Sweet Sixteen in the classroom, too! Fingers crossed. Also teaching during Session 1 (July 16-20) will be Sue Nickels, Joe Cunningham, Rosalie Dace, Jane Sassaman, Ann Johnston and Sherri Lynn Wood. Come join us! For more information or to register, follow this link: QBL.
Until next time,