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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Well, the last several weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and very little quilting.  But I did take pictures along the way!!

Here is a recap of my adventures:

First, I went to Logan, Utah to Stylish Fabrics to teach at a Handi Quilter Event.  What a lovely shop and students!!   If you are in Logan, Utah, make sure to stop in to this wonderful shop!!

The scenery when driving from Salt Lake City Airport to Logan, Utah was just amazing!!

Not only did I get to teach at this lovely quilt shop, but one of my educator sisters and friend, Kelly and her family happened to be in Logan, and I was able to have dinner with them.  When you travel, dinner time and evenings can be somewhat lonely, so this was a real treat for me!!

Next up, was a trip to Stroudsburg, PA to Pocono Sew and Vac for a Handi Quilter Event.  Again, it was a lovely drive and a wonderful event filled with great students!!  The store and staff at Pocono Sew & Vac were wonderful.

I then turned around three days later and flew to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival and to work in the Handi Quilter Booth.  What a treat it was to actually attend the Houston Show and as always, it is such fun to chat with customers and help support the Handi Quilter classrooms.  The first day there, we had the opportunity to spend some time walking around the show and shop, which was such a treat!!!

And then look who stopped in the Handi Quilter Booth to try out the newest longarm, the Amara…..none other than Jamie Wallen!!

Two days after returning from Houston, I was off again to a Handi Quilter Event in Denver, Colorado.  Denver Sewing & Vacuum had a hands on event, where the students were able to have a Longarm machine to work on during class.  This was such a fun event and was for four days.

All in all, it was a great few weeks, but it has taken me a few days to finally catch my breath.  I am now ready to hit the ground running with the Holidays coming!!

I am so blessed and thankful for all of you!!  I hope that you all have a wonderful  and blessed Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Quilting!!

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So Your Hobby is Quilting????

This past weekend, I was working as a Superior Threadology Educator in the Superior Threads booth at the AQS Des Moines show.  It was a wonderful time and I so enjoyed meeting and talking with so many people in the booth.  I also had to give a 20 minute lecture on thread.  This was a little daunting to me, but the audience was very receptive and helped out with some great questions.

One thing that kept me laughing all weekend was my experience on my way out to Des Moines.  I left BWI airport (Baltimore) and had a connecting flight in Chicago.  After my group was called to board I got in line with my quilted tote bag with a “quilt themed saying” luggage tag on it.  I hear the gentleman behind me say…..”It’s great to see what your hobby is just from your luggage tag”.  Inside, I was laughing hysterically, as I was thinking….”Buddy, this is no hobby….this is my passion and my job”.  I guess to him, I was just one of those “quilt ladies”!!  LOL!!!  But then again….who knew that a hobby would turn into this awesome career!!!

I have met so many wonderful people in this industry, both teachers and students!!  I have never been much of a traveler until now, and I still sometimes wonder about all the travel, but when I receive a message like this one below, it makes it all worth while and reassures me that I am doing the right thing!!

Here is the message I received from a student (Gregg):  “I was in one of your classes at the Fall show, Jane. Your class and your workbooks have given me the confidence to take on quilting the UFOs I have sitting around. I’ve practiced in the workbooks every day and keep them by my home machine while quilting  as a reference. I so appreciate the advice and encouragement from you. And if anyone reading this is considering a class with Jane – just do it! You’ll be glad you did.”

It just makes my heart happy to know that I helped someone learn free motion quilting!!!

Anyway, I can’t close this post without showing a wonderful Halloween Quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting for Tina.  Here are a few photos:

Happy Quilting everyone!!!

 

To see where I will be teaching next, check out my Events page.

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MQX Midwest 2017

The Awards Ceremony for MQX Midwest was held last night and they show the awards ceremony live on Facebook…..isn’t technology great!!!

My customer/friend, Rhonda, had entered two quilts.  One that I quilted and one that was quilted by another longarmer.

Congrats to Rhonda and Sue Whitaker(longarmer), for an Honorable Mention in the Computerized Quilting category for the quilt “Strawberry Sunrise”!!  It’s beautiful!!

Rhonda’s quilt (that I quilted),  “With Milk and Sugar?”, took a Third Place in the “Our Daily Bed” category.  Way to go!!!!

 

 

Little did I know, that there was another surprise waiting for me in my email.  A couple of months ago, I spoke at a local quilt guild (Heartland Quilt Guild, Denton, MD).  I was very impressed when a young man (Jarrett) attended the meeting with his Mom (Nicole), and actually had show and tell.  He had quilts to show, along with woodworking that he does.  His Mom took my Free Motion Quilting Class and I told her that she should consider having him enter the Kids Category at MQX.

Last night, after the Awards Ceremony, I received the sweetest email from Jarrett’s Mom, Nicole.  Jarrett did enter the MQX Kids Category, and won a Third Place!!  Woohoo!!!  He is over the moon, as his prize is a Handi Quilter Stitch Sewing Machine, a quilters starter kit, and a MQX vest.  Even though he will be over the age limit for the kids category next year, he is now determined to enter as an adult!!!  It’s so much fun and so inspiring to see a younger generation get so excited over quilting!!!

This picture is not from the show, as I don’t have that yet, but I wanted to share what his quilt looks like.  Beautiful job, Jarrett!!!

Thank you to MQX for providing that opportunity for the younger people that are learning to quilt!!!

Happy Quilting!!!!

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Fall Paducah 2017

What an honor it was to be an instructor at the first ever AQS Fall Paducah 2017 show!!

The day before classes started we decided to do a little site-seeing and a trip to Hancock’s!!  Let’s just say I did some retail therapy!!!

 

The show was wonderful as were my students!!  I just love sharing what I know about quilting, and was thrilled that so many students wanted to learn!!

I had three customer quilts that were juried into the Paducah show:

Congratulations to Ellen as one of her quilts (Summer of ’59), won a Third Place Ribbon in the Whimsical Quilt category:

My customer, Chris, had her beautiful Tula Pink Butterfly quilt hanging at the show.  It looked beautiful hanging there.  And while this quilt didn’t win any ribbons, it did actually make it onto the news!!

Here’s the link for the news segment!!  http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2017/09/15/fall-quilt-show-brings-new-people-paducah/

We did see a few fun sites on our drive home.

Have you ever seen a pumpkin this large?

We saw this castle along the way in Kentucky and I just had to pull the car over and take a picture of this!!  Pretty cool!!!

All in all this was an amazing experience!!

 

Happy Quilting!!

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