It has been an amazing year! I am so thankful for my children Kelly, Andrew, Jason and Aimee my Mom and Dad, Sister Wendy and her husband Pete and to my many special friends. Without them I would not have had these wonderful opportunities.
Archive for November, 2010
Early in November Cathy and I travelled to Grand Rapids, MI to Smith Owen Sewing Center. I teach here annually and this was our third trip. Many of my students stitch on my projects and it was wonderful to see the progress they had made.
Susan took my ‘Altered Texture’ Flower basket quilt class at NEORQC in Ohio and brought her piece to share with all.
We stitched with luxurious fibers using wonderful stitched and layering.
The second class was a new class working with circles. It was a great success and fun was had by all.
This was my last teaching engagement for the year. I am now trying to catch up from a very full and productive year. My dad has been here for 10 days helping us set up a new computer system and working on a business plan for 2011. I completed my 2010 ‘Crimson Tweed’ BOM and now stitching on blocks for the new 2011 ‘Imperial Blooms’ BOM.
I am just returning form a few days in Houston where I visited Quilt Market. Wendy my sister joined me and we shared a room with our friend Susan Day from Portland. It was great to spend time with both of them. The weather was wonderful and each day we left the convention center the trees and telephone wires were filled with black birds. It was a great sight.
My Australian friend Sarah Fielke and her husband Damien where also at market. Sarah launched her new fabric line ‘From Little Things’ with Lecien. I loved the quilt she made to show case the line. We also had a wonderful meal with them on Sunday night.
Wendy and I spent Monday afternoon wondering through the quilt exhibit. Here is a sneak preview of the quilts that caught my eye.
‘Earth Trees, Earth Flowers’ by Yoko Kosaka of Misato, Saitama-Ken, Japan
‘Sparkling Waters’ by Masae Utsunomiya of Kitasohma, Ibagaki-ken, Japan.
‘The Wonder of Birds II’ by Pamela Allen of Kingston, Ontario
At the end of the show we were all very tired. It was good to walk the show instead of having a booth. I did not find much new and I felt the show was a little slow. I am sure we will be seeing some big changes in the quilting business in the future especially the fabrics.