A happy new year to all! I was hoping to get this newsletter out by the end of 2018, but I've been going non-stop since Christmas. I should clarify: I was ripping and cutting since Christmas. My six free-motion quilting classes in the HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen room at Road to California have sold out. My hand-applique class is a few students shy of selling out. Six full quilting classes has meant that I have needed to produce 440 quilting sandwiches for my students. Doing the math (correctly, I hope) means 440 pieces of batting and 880 pieces of fabric. After cutting and stacking nearly 80 yards of batting and almost 10 bolts of fabric, the kits were completed two days ahead of schedule. (Faculty shipments must arrive no later than a week prior to the event.) Now I can relax for the next week at home before heading to the Ontario Convention Center! It will be nice to get out of the freezing New Hampshire weather for a bit. Although, I do remember that the last time I taught at Road there were torrential rainstorms that week. What's that song? It never rains in Southern California? I'm hoping for blue skies and sunshine this year!
Immediately following Road to California, I have a quick flight north to San Francisco, and then over to Lafayette to teach a five-day workshop at Carolie Hensley's shop, The Cotton Patch. We had decided last year to schedule my 2019 workshop a few months earlier to coincide with Road, making traveling across the country a bit easier. With the change in dates, we still have a few spots open in the class. With less than two weeks to go... if you are interested in spending the week with us, contact the shop ASAP to guarantee a spot. I enjoy teaching my extended workshop so close to a quilt shop -- lots more fabric options! Click this link to The Cotton Patch website.
Fall workshop retreat registration opens Monday!
Online registration opens at 11 a.m. Eastern Time this Monday, January 14, for my popular fall retreat in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. The workshop is held at the charming Silver Fox Inn and is limited to 15 students. A $200.00 USD deposit reserves your spot. A waitlist is started after the maximum enrollment has been reached. No deposit is required to be placed on the waitlist.
The workshop will be held September 15-20, 2019. Due to another group at the Inn, we've had to adjust our regular weekly schedule this year. We will be starting on Sunday afternoon instead of Monday afternoon. The cost is $1149.00 for shared accommodations, meals and instruction. Accommodations for a single room are available for a total of $1449.00. Bring a non-participating spouse, partner or friend for an additional $200.
Use this link for more information: Silver Fox Inn Fall Retreat.
There is only one spot available for my spring retreat workshop in May. Register here: Valley Inn.
New Mexico in May
I am thrilled to be teaching at Madeline Island School of the Arts's newest Southwest venue in May. MISAWest retreat workshops are at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza! Santa Fe is an art utopia. The downtown arts district is second to none. I can't tell you how excited I am to be there in May -- on my birthday! Registration is now open, and I expect the workshop to fill rather quickly. If you want to learn my applique technique, but are not wanting to undertake your own project, I'll be supplying free hummingbird patterns. You supply your own color inspiration. The pattern is basic, but covers all the bases in my process. This is also an ideal venue for repeat students to finish up their projects from previous retreats with me. Santa Fe in May - I can't wait! Register online at: madelineartschool.com
Harry Potter News
This part isn't about quilting. Most everyone knows I'm one of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the world. I was on Pottermore.com this week and saw this article about special 20th Anniversary hardcover German editions of the books. An Italian graphic artist and illustrator, Iacopo Brunohas, designed the new covers for a German publisher, Carlsen Verlag. I tried to order the books on their website, but I can't read German. A new quest! I would love to own these versions. Sigh.
All the best,