I take this few minutes to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, or Happy Hanukah.
It has been a busy year for everyone I believe and flown by before we knew it. Amidst all that has happened around the world I hope your family has been safe and happy.
May the world find some peace and good will to all.
It is with deep sadness that I am announcing that I will no longer be vending at Quilt shows. I have loved going to new and revisiting past shows. I have made new friends and helped many a new quilter find her way thru a difficult piecing project. I have sold my patterns and fabric and have been shown photos of projects made with them. That is a real treat. The energy in the air at quilt shows is inspiring and I love it. However, the energy of set up and take down has become more than my husband and I wish to continue.
I have put this off and delayed announcing for several months but feel I must make it official. There are no health issues involved. My husband and I would like to travel a bit. I would like to make some quilts for myself, family and donation. I cannot do it all; it is time to move on.
I will continue to travel to teach, contribute to magazines, and always design new patterns for myself and others.
The Northern Shenandoah Quilt Show is over and the memories are forming. Locally known as ‘the Berryville show’ it is a favorite for many in this area. Many friends are involved in producing or visit the show. Those producing the show did a great job, so thanks to the many volunteers. I put 4 quilts in the show among the many really great and beautiful quilts entered by others. I pleased that one of my quilts ‘Bad to the Bone’ won a third place in the Art category, I had not expected that.
It was a great turn out for the show despite the weather. We had thunderstorms on Friday and rain showers on Saturday and Sunday. But everyone had a great time and I often heard laughter throughout the room.
Big day ahead for me. The van is packed and my husband and I will drive up to Berryville, VA. Actually, it is not far, just 40 minutes. We set up for the Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show today. The show opens tomorrow, Friday, April 21 thru Sunday, 23th. The Berryville show as it is locally called is a favorite among quilters in the several towns in the region. It was the first show that I vendor at many years ago. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
This weekend I went to the East Coast Gammill Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This is the third year I have attended and each year I understand and learn more about my Statler Gammill machine. For those who do know why some people say Statler instead of Gammill let me explain.
The stitcher (sewing machine) is a Gammill. If one says Gammill, he/she means it is a hand guided machine. A Statler is a computer digitized guided Gammill machine. For full disclosure, a Statler may be used in hand guided mode also.
I took several classes over the 2 ½ days and from well-known instructors. I had a great time meeting other long arm quilters from up and down the east coast. Some people I had met from previous years and some from my regional area. One instructor was Karen Sievert, she and I belonged to the same quilt guild before she moved to North Carolina. It was great to see her again. She taught a class on hand guided designs for backgrounds –in the long arm world they are called ‘fills’. Karen is a great instructor and has the gift of making each person feel special and an important person in the class.
I also had a class (two classes actually) with Georgia Shull. The class was titled ‘Simple Steps to Keep Your Statler Stitching’. She had a check list of what to look for before they become problems. When and what to clean and replace before they become are expensive problems. A nice feature of all Georgia’s classes is she always has a flash drive available (for a small fee) of her classes so one may refer to them later.
I have posted two pictures of us. Two because at least one of us will look okay in one picture if not the other. It had been a long day. Karen Sievert – left, Carolyn Goins -center, Georgia Shull – right.
I have taken a rather long break from the computer. I have been quilting, sewing, and designing a lot. I will eventually talk about all I have been doing.
For now I will share the spring before the snow storm. Sounds backwards but that’s what is going to happen tonight. The wealther man says 10 inches of snow when we get up in the morning. I thought the snow might crush the daffodils so I cut them and brought them inside to enjoy.
A Happy New Year to all. I wish you all blessings and prosperity in the coming year.
My husband and I went to dinner New Year Eve with a group of friends. I had a wonderful meal, Surf and Turf, more than I could eat. Afterwards we went to the home of one of our group. We had dessert and rang in the New Year with silly hats and noise makers. We had a wonderful time.
Sunday morning we made omelets with the leftover lobster. We attended church and spent the afternoon removing the outside holiday lights. It was a lovely afternoon weather wise and was perfect timing to remove the lights.
I spent some of the afternoon on a quilt project that I hope to enter into the Sacred Threads exhibit. Thro I must admit I am having some trouble with it.
So now on the second morning of 2017 I say again… Happy New Year.