No, I am not shutting down my blog. Even though I find myself not blogging as much as I would like, I am not saying goodbye.
The hellos and goodbyes I am referring to our those from, Quiltcon, My oldest son and insecurities.
The last couple of months have been a real whirlwind of emotions full of adventures along the way. Both good and bad. I am going to start in chronological order. Makes sense, right?
A picture of the room where the creativelive class was filmed.
In early February, I had an opportunity to not only sit in on the filming of a creativelive class, but to also participate in the quilting activities of the class, taught by the one and only Cheryl Arkison. She’s pretty amazing! The classes she taught were; “Quilting With Low Volume Fabrics”, “Improv Quilting Basics”, “Translating Inspiration in Quilting” and “Playing With Pinwheels in Quilting”
I am not a quilting expert, so when I look back at these classes, I was really trying to just keep up with both Cheryl and the other 3 students ….. It is shot live, (obviously) what I mean is that it is all unedited, every word spoken is picked up by the mics we are wearing. So I really had to watch my potty mouth! Creativelive sent us the classes for free for participating. I watched some of it, but to be honest, I can barely watch myself (half the time my head is cocked to one side like my neck is broken) , and hearing my voice, with my severe Michigan accent is like fingernails on a chalkboard! I find it humorous, really!! It was an experience!
Here’s my tweet. Shooting the 4 classes took 2 days.
I got to hang out with some very, very cool younger people… that made me look and feel very old and uncool!! They probably don’t even use the word cool! They fed us well, and the whole place is just so hip!
Moving on… This poor pup almost died, during the same week that the Creativelive Classes were filmed. At first we thought that Peek-A-Boo had pneumonia, but when she wasn’t getting any better we took her back to the veterinarian and found out she had a lung lobe torsion! Basically this means that one of her lobes (apparently dogs have like 6-8 lobes) was twisted and was dying off. It caused poison in her system, started to make her sick and eventually she would die. We had that lobe surgically removed, which was super scary because we were told she might not even make it through the surgery. Luckily she did well, recovered nicely and is getting into her normal mischief. Thank God!!
I mentioned earlier in January that I was getting my portfolio together to showcase my fabric and surface designs. I did in fact complete this task. It was an ongoing process until the day before I left for Quiltcon. Whew! Blood, sweat and tears went into crafting that book. It is the first of many to come.
You know you have fantasized about riding a giant sewing machine! Thank you Stitch Lab!
Quiltcon was AH-MAZING! All those that volunteered! Thank you! I was able to steam some quilts, and it was great fun! If you haven’t been… GO! Now that it is going to take place every year, on different sides of the U.S. there isn’t any excuse to not go!
This is my portfolio cover. I used bookboard and an original design for 9″ x 12″ cover.
I took my portfolio everywhere I went. I was like Linus with his blanket! I showed it to as many people as I could and I found it to get easier each time I did. I took all advice and insight from those who were willing to offer.
I sent 3 Thank You notes out to some folks that took the time to browse my portfolio.
At this time, I have made some pretty nice connections with some top people at top fabric manufacturers. I am not going to name any names, but they are some very good ones! I am always working on new designs, some I’m very excited about, and these will go into my next portfolio!
Here are some designs that were included in my first portfolio. ThIs collection is inspired by my upbringing in Michigan.
This collection is called Rural Respite and is in the colorway Rapture.
This main design is called “In The Weeds”.
These next designs from left to right are: “Posies”, “Barbed Wire”, “Boxelder Bugs” and “BarK”
Now for colorway “Earth”
“In The Weeds”
From left to right” “Posies”, “Barbed Wire”, “Boxelder Bugs” and “Bark”
Unfortunately for me, it became more about my portfolio at Quiltcon, and not about the classes. I did take some great ones, two were with Anna Maria Horner. She is a delight and super knowledgeable. I took the Mod Corsage class she taught.
The “Mod Corsage” class which is similar to needle turned applique w/ Anna Maria Horner.
It was very fun, and I saw some of my Sew South sisters in that class. I also shared a room with my very good friend Margaret. I met her at the very first workshop I did with Heather Ross!
Margaret and I at the Moda Party!
Thanks to Heather, I made a really great friend that lives only about 2 hours away from me!
Another hello and goodbye was to our oldest son Kenny. He came home from Michigan State University for Spring Break. I am SO grateful he decided to come home and spend time with us, instead of gallivanting off to some crazy unchaperoned teenage bender. So Kenny came home spent some quality time and then off he went again- back to school.
That’s me, with Kenny and Will! Saying goodbye at the airport. Again!
And now for my last goodbye.. to you!
Have a great week!