It’s off to MQX New Hampshire!!!

I absolutely love teaching and love sharing as much information as I can with my students.  It fills my heart with happiness when I see a student come in to class with doubts about whether they can do free motion quilting, and leave with a smile on their faces because they are much more comfortable with it after the class.  That isn’t necessarily because of my teaching, as it is that they have allowed themselves to try it and have found with practice they really can free motion quilt.  Then they discover that the more they practice, the better they get…..which is so true of so many things in life!!!

I am at this very moment packed up and ready to leave to teach at MQX this week.  Wow….I feel like I have been prepping for weeks!!  Not only did I need to get ready for my classes, but I had made the decision to do a major overhaul on all of my workbooks.  I think as of this evening that I am just about ready!!  Phew!!!

I can’t wait to share pictures and experiences with you when I get back.

Here are some of my most recent quilts that I have had the pleasure of quilting:

Trish’s wallhanging

Ruler Sample that I made

Alice’s Applique Quilt

Alma’s Wallhanging

Debbie’s quilt with computerized edge to edge quilting

Jeannie’s Wall hanging

Andie’s quilt

Andie’s Wall hanging

Ellen’s One Block Wonder Quilt. Original fabric is in the top and bottom border.

I quilted hexagons into the borders!!

Well, I will write again when I get back from MQX and let you know how everything goes.

Happy Quilting!!!

Things Don’t Always Work Out as Planned!!

Things don’t always work out as planned, do they?  Life is certainly interesting and it always amazes me how things work out in the end.

Earlier this month I was supposed to teach at Birds of A Feather Event in Virginia.  Due to some unforeseen circumstances (I won’t bore you with the details!!), my classes were cancelled.    I was a little disappointed, but in the end it all worked out, as my husband ended up in the hospital, and I probably would have had to cancel anyway.  My husband is doing well, and in the end all worked out for the best!!  I’m a firm believer that when one door closes, another door will open!  I do understand that the Birds of A Feather event was a smashing success!!

I taught a free motion beginner’s class yesterday at Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro, DE.  This class always does my heart good because most times students come in with a lot of speculation as to whether they can learn this technique or not…..and they end up leaving with smiles on their faces and a confidence in their new skills!!  It’s always fun to see quilters discover free motion quilting, no matter if they are on their domestic machines or a longarm.

I wanted to share a few quilts with you that I have recently completed, as this wouldn’t be fair to hold back on that part of my posts…..now would it!! 🙂

Pat’s Dresden Wall Hanging that is currently being displayed at the Greenbelt Courthouse.

Ellen’s Firefly Quilt

A sneak peek of Ellen’s newest NY Beauty Quilt.

My banner for when I go to shows.

These two pictures are from my latest quilt.  I will post more pictures when I am able to get it totally finished.

I hope everyone is enjoying this warm weather…..in February no less!!!!

Happy Quilting!!

The Last of A New Age!!

Well, I recently finished my fourth and final New Age Block of the Month Customer quilt.  Phew!!!!  They all turned out wonderfully, and ended up being all so different from each other.  I thought you might like to see them all together and see how different they are.  Pattern is by Nancy Rink.

This latest one belongs to Janet and she designed and added borders to make it larger!!  It turned out wonderful!!!

This next one belongs to Peggy.

Then this one belongs to Virginia.  

The last one belongs to Eileen and she wanted to go with a Southwest look.

 

Here they are all together……

It just goes to show you how the same quilt pattern can turn out such different and beautiful quilts!!!  It makes me think of people…..and how we are all the same….yet different….and that’s the beauty of the human race!!!!

Happy Quilting!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

As we are ending 2016, I want to thank each and every one of you for following along in my journey!!  What a year it has been!!!  I never expected that I would be teaching at National Quilt Shows (MQX & AQS)….(yes, I did apply to teach on a whim, but never thought I would be accepted!!!) or that I would become a Handi Quilter National Educator.  I am still pinching myself!!!

On a side note……I would not have had such a smooth transition into teaching if it hadn’t been for a couple of people that gave me wonderful advice and answered many questions……Jamie Wallen and Lisa Calle.  The quilt community is such a wonderful and caring community and I am thrilled to be a part of it!!

The Handi Quilter Educators just got back from a week of training, and here is a picture of all the wonderful people I get to work with at Handi Quilter and Superior Threads!!

Along with teaching, there are a lot of behind the scenes things that you don’t see……..preparing samples….and more samples….and more samples!!!  Trying to update and keep lesson plans fresh and fun.  Writing proposals to teach at shows for the following year!  All of this takes a lot of time and energy, and in this mix, I am trying to quilt customer quilts, hoping to quilt my own quilts (I have a closet full of tops of my own!!!), and hoping to get some piecing done, and spending time with my family…..but it always works out in the end!!

My one quilt group is having a UFO challenge this year, and since I have a multitude of UFO’s, I am going to give it a shot.  You had to pick twelve UFO items for your list.  I picked items that I thought I had a chance of getting done….although in glancing up at the list (it’s right above my computer on the bulletin board), I see I chose to have three quilts totally completed in that list of 12.  Good grief….what was I thinking!!!  Even if I don’t get all twelve done, at least it will challenge me to get a few things done.  I’ll keep you in the loop about that as 2017 progresses!!

While I thoroughly enjoy quilting for others, I am having to cut back on how many quilts I take on for 2017, as I need to see how quilting for others, teaching personally and being a Handi Quilter Educator, all mesh with one another.  I do have a fairly busy 2017 so far, as I am currently contracted to teach at:  Birds of a Feather (Virginia), MQX (New Hampshire), MAQ (Maryland), Handi Quilter Academy (Utah), and AQS Fall Paducah (Kentucky), and Nadelwelt Karlsruhe (Germany).  And as I am sitting here writing this, I am still having a hard time believing that all of this has come about!!!  It just goes to show that it doesn’t hurt to try!!  If you don’t try, you will never know and always wonder “what if”……..

Again, I wish each and every one of you a fabulous 2017 and hope that you all continue to follow along in this crazy journey!!!

Happy Quilting!!!

Jane
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