I've been able to spend the month of January at home in the studio (mostly!). I must say, it seems odd to NOT have been at the Road to California quilt show this year. I've been asked to teach again next year. It's always nice to be in Southern California in January! I had even considered hopping on a plane and going just to shop and visit my favorite California quilters, but realized I don't need any more fabric or thread. Sigh.
I became a member of the Monadnock Quilters' Guild in Peterborough, NH. It's been years since I was a member of a guild. With my travel schedule it'll be difficult to attend many of the meetings, but I'm hoping to be an active part of the group. Time will tell. First project with the guild: a Holiday Banner Challenge, which is due at the July meeting. Pressure. At least 75 percent of the pink, green, blue fabric above (a six-inch square) must be used in the banner. Hideous. Why did I want to do this? I'm having more fun working on the Piecemakers calendar blocks from 2002 (the trees). Since my nearly-completed version of the 2003 Piecemakers calendar quilt (the barns) was destroyed in the fire (devastating after the years of work), I'm starting this new (old) one. January almost complete.
The good news from my studio is that I have a new work on the design wall. And, surprise, it's not appliqué! I'm working on a pieced self-portrait. It's been a lot of fun, a little frustrating at times and there has to be some un-stitching soon for parts of it, but, I must say, I'm enjoying the process. I just hope I can pull it off! Ideas for a new workshop using the technique I'm developing have been swirling in my head. But not to worry, I'll still be offering my appliqué retreat workshops! Speaking of workshops...
Registration opened January 5 for my fall retreat in upstate New Hampshire. It only took 43 minutes for registration to sell out. I would have liked to add a second week, but the Silver Fox Inn had no additional available dates. So, I'm thrilled to announce that the Valley Inn in Waterville Valley - right across the street from the Silver Fox Inn - will be the site for my spring retreat workshop! Again, enrollment will be extremely limited, and the rate will include five nights at the Valley Inn, 15 meals, and the workshop from Monday, May 21 to Saturday, May 26, 2018. Yes, you read that correctly. Just four months from now, but it's the only week available that coordinated with my teaching calendar. And the best news... the rate will be the same: $999 for shared accommodations, $1299 for a single room. Read more about it here: Valley Inn 2018 Retreat Workshop. Registration will open Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
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.
Applique Away on Galveston Bay
There are still spots available in my workshops at Applique Away on Galveston Bay! Don't miss out on this intimate applique event. I created a new pattern exclusive for one of my two-day workshops... the Texas Bluebonnet. (Yes, I will have kits available for purchase at the event. Or, bring your own fabric and just buy the pattern.) The event runs from February 25 to March 1 at the Tremont House in Galveston, Texas. Classes are filling up. Follow this link for more information: AAOGB.
More Flowers of the Month
Two more applique blocks for my 'Flower of the Month' pattern series are now available in my online shop: January's Carnation and February's Iris. The Larkspur for July and Gladiolus for August will be sent to the printer this spring. September through December still to come. Patterns for the first six months in the series are available in my ONLINE SHOP.
Until next time,