This time next week, I’ll be on my way to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA for their annual Meet the Teachers day. It’s a day for local quilt teachers to promote their lectures and workshops and for guild programming chairs to learn about the teachers located nearby. I’ve been busily finishing a class sample and preparing my introduction and am looking forward to talking about “Creating Your Story in Cloth,” Extreme Piecing,” “Creative Play,” “Finding My Voice,” and “Quilts in U.S. History.” I hope to meet you there!
This week I am working on a table runner that will be a sample for a class that I am developing called “Extreme Piecing.” The class will cover creating templates that allow you to then piece anything you can draw, even if it’s complicated. (I almost said, “no matter how complicated” but you all might remember what a pain it was to piece a 12-point star in the center of “Arabesque #3.” It was possible, but I don’t recommend it!) I enjoy a good piecing challenge, but this table runner is actually a lot simpler than it looks.
Week 22 of my journal quilting project in 2011 was a fun one for me. I’d long had on my list to attend a Quilt Restoration Workshop with Nancy Kirk and I was finally on my way there. I flew to Omaha, Nebraska where the workshop was held and when I went to pick up my economical, small rental car, the agency told me that they didn’t have any of those available anymore and that they would upgrade me at no charge to this:
I asked if they’d pay the speeding tickets.
Happily, I didn’t get one, but I did have a great time at the workshop. Our first day was an optional one before the official start of the workshop and we went to the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE. After that, I had a week of fabric dating, pieced, applique, and crazy quilt restoration, and wonderful time spent with quilters, which I enjoyed despite the morning sickness. I also posted to Facebook about being in Omaha and had the unexpected treat of having dinner with a school friend I hadn’t seen in almost 20 years who had just moved to Omaha.
It was a great week and I am so glad that I went ahead and did it. I booked it before I got pregnant and had I waited, I’d still be waiting to go!