This post has had over three names. The one named ‘shortest day of the year’ might be an indication of how many times I tried to make it here. Life has taken control and I’ve gone with it, but it’s time to hit the ‘post’ button.
I love the reflection that the new year brings. I’ve been thinking lately about the comfortable pace at which my teaching, lecturing and working with students in the studio has grown over the past few years and nestled itself happily into my life. I’m truly thankful to hang out with a bunch of people that share the same delight in cutting fabric apart and sew it back together. A big thanks for your support and spreading the word about the studio and my teaching.
My season of travel is coming up and I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places I’ve never been for teaching and lectures. I’ve also spread my wings a bit and accepted an invite to teach at a private retreat. What a fun treat to have several days to work on one quilt technique.
- January | Maple Valley Washington
- January | Vancouver Washington
- February | Frasier Valley BC and Quiltcon
- March | Private Retreat in Leavenworth WA
- March | Boca Raton Florida
- June | Friday Harbor Washington
I’m pretty thrilled with my workshop offerings now. They have really tightened up in the past year and the feedback on my style of teaching has been wonderful.
As a teacher I’ve found that improvisational techniques are fun, but without a block structure most students were going to leave a workshop with another UFO regardless of showing them how to build out a quilt design. Sure, it would be great to create whatever I want, but as I’m designing I have to ask myself, “How could I teach this?” That question alone brings me back to block construction. Combining an improvisational technique with block structure has led my workshops onto a path that everyone seems to feel they can successfully finish a quilt that’s unique to them. Win-Win.
Winter will be a tight wrap for the studio with all the travel, but I’ve got a few workshops and Open Studios lined up and I’ll get a few more up in the next week or so. Embrace your Curves is this Saturday and I have had a last minute cancelation if anyone is interested in making blocks using this improv technique. No pin curves, I promise!
We’ll also be making some zip pouches on Friday January 19th, one slot left.
I’m not much of a resolutions person, but I am a creature of habit and like to think about things that create happiness. I generally pick something small and if I’m going to deprive myself of some indulgence I always pick the month of February since it’s the shortest;) Last year I made my bed every day and this year I was toying with 15 burpees a day, but haven’t done it yet. Got any similar plans?
We’ll see what happens for 2018 Peeps. Have a great holiday.