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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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Happy Memorial Day!!!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to everyone!!  First and foremost, please let us all remember what Memorial Day is for and be thankful for those that have served our country!!!

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It has been awhile since I have posted some pictures of some recent customer quilts, so I thought I would take this opportunity to send you some pretty pictures!!

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Vintage String quilt from my Texas customer, Beth!!

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Quilt by Gina for her daughter! I am loving these 30’s fabrics!!

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Binding Ruler Star Quilt by Eileen!!!

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October Sky Quilt by Gina!! These pictures don’t even do this quilt justice!!

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Debbie’s Christmas Quilt!!

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This happy quilt was made by Ellen!

My customer Beth, from Texas, had me quilt this quilt for her awhile back.  She recently posted this picture on Instagram of the quilt on her bed, and how she decorated her room around the quilt…..and even painted a picture to hang above the bed!!

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These next two quilts are from Moda.  The first is a Holly Taylor Christmas quilt that is travelling in a Moda trunk show.  The second one is from Erin Michaels and is cats….using cat fabric that she designed.

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As we move into the Memorial Day Weekend, I wish you all a safe and happy Holiday!!

Happy Quilting!!

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Perseverance is Everything!!

As I have talked about in earlier blog posts, in these past two years, I have just pursued things that I normally wouldn’t and was grateful for what came my way and worked out.  This meant applying to shows to teach, getting my name out there by social media (it is a very time consuming thing!!), and writing letters to guilds, potential shows, etc.  It is a lot of work.  My philosophy has been that the worse that can happen is that I am told “No”….and what difference does it make.  I would rather try and be told “no” than to never have tried and always wonder what would have happened.

So, I just finished teaching at my first major show at MQX.  I am contracted to teach this July for AQS Syracuse, and am always filling out proposals to teach at other shows.  For those of you who have never done this, it is a time consuming process and a never ending process as every show has different proposal guidelines and deadlines.  And in reality, I would rather be quilting than doing paperwork!!!

So, now for my big news that I hinted at in my last post……..

Last Fall, I had decided to write a letter to HandiQuilter (the maker of the machines that I quilt on), and introduce myself.  I never heard back, but didn’t really stop too long to think about it, as my goal is always to move forward.  It isn’t unusual to hear back from a teaching proposal with a typical…… “thank you for your proposal/email and we will keep you in mind” …..type of thing.

Anyway…..when you are teaching in a HandiQuilter equipped, hands on classroom, there is a HandiQuilter Educator in that room with you.  I have to tell you that this made me extremely nervous, but they (Diane & Susan) were so nice that I instantly felt like we could be fast friends.  After my second day of teaching (this was my long day of classes), I got back to my room and had an email from HandiQuilter Corporate asking me to contact them that evening.  I was terrified……but no need for that….lol!!!  As I was talking to HandiQuilter, they said that I was coming to them as very highly recommended and that they would love to have me join their team as a HandiQuilter Educator and travel for them to attend events that they schedule.  Oh my gosh!!!  I couldn’t even answer that night, as I was exhausted, but after giving it thought for a couple of days, I told them yes!!!!  So, not only will I be able to quilt and teach personally, but I will also get to travel to HandiQuilter events when needed and represent the machines that I love so much!!

I have already met the CEO of the company and several Educators, and have been welcomed with open arms, and on the 24th I leave for three days of training in Salt Lake City.  I am so excited and thankful for this opportunity!!

So…..my advice to everyone….persevere!!!!

Happy Quilting!!

 

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