There is so much happening in my quilt world that I can hardly keep track of it all. And it's all super exciting stuff!
A NEW modern quilt guild was born yesterday. My group met and they have a name and agendas and a private Facebook page (we chose to limit the membership so we could all have an opportunity to interact!). I spoke with the parent organization (Modern Quilt Guild) when I was in St. Louis and alerted them that this was likely going to happen. They were thrilled and I'll be putting the paperwork together shortly. Did you know that there are almost 200 member guilds of the MQG? That is super exciting and I'll share more information in a day or so (OK - when I get a chance). There may still be room for a couple of new members in our group, I have to find out. If so - I'll let you know.
I taught three classes yesterday. Of all the classes I've taught and over almost 20 years of teaching, there have been a "few", the ongoing, year-long classes are my favorite. These are the ones where the students come for a one hour lecture. We ooh and aah over their homework and then I assign new homework. I'm so amazed at the talent of all the participants and I've had the opportunity to see a lot of them branch out. They've seen what the others are doing and know the environment is a sharing one and they're not afraid. I'm so proud of all the participants over the past years. It's just so much fun. And if I could ever tear myself away from the long arm and the sewing machine, I would be better at sharing the photos of their work. This particular project we're working on needs to be shared - the results so far with different colors is amazing!
And it's not just about the quilting, but many of the people in these classes have met a kindred spirit and have become good friends. I feel like a matchmaker sometimes. Just don't forget me! I know I'm super busy, but don't forget me! I want to be part of everything, but alas I have to pick and choose and I hate that!
I taught a machine quilting class in the afternoon and it was super. Again, I love seeing the light bulbs go off in everyone's head when they realize that some of their issues with quilting can be fixed. Easily fixed! I love teaching that class and even though I do a lot of talking, the students go home excited. Every time I teach that class, almost every student in the class thanks me profusely for the new knowledge they have acquired. As a quilt teacher, that makes me very excited! And HYPER! I'm pretty hyper today!
And while it appears early in the year to be discussing classes for next year, it's at least time to discuss classes for the fall. I know! And even though I don't have a lot of time (and sometimes I mess up my schedule), I had a great chat about new classes for the fall at The Hobby Horse. Yep - I'm hyper and super excited!
If that isn't enough, I do have one more class today - Fancy Forest again! It's such a fun class and I want to make all of Elizabeth's patterns. Fool that I am! I met Elizabeth in St. Louis and got my picture taken with her. She had her new pattern in her booth. I'll share when I'm not so rushed!
OK - so here's something for all of you! A deadline! I'm teaching an all day class at Quilt Canada and THREE lectures. Shoot - I can't find the deadline on the web page, but I swear there was a deadline. Doesn't matter - I'll give you a deadline - TODAY. But first - check out this link to see the lectures and my class. You have to scroll about 2/3 of the way down to find me. DO NOT look at anyone else - just search for me! Just kidding! While all the lectures and the class promise to be super exciting and informative, I'm madly cutting up panels, slicing and dicing and well - the paWednesdayre on WEdnesday is going to be fabulous (well I think so!). I'm hard at work coming up with new ideas and the more I make, the more I want to make. I'm ripping through panels faster than - well - I've a lot of ideas to share with you all. And NO - I will not be sharing them on my blog. Sorry - you have to come to the lecture to see them.
On that note, I'm out of here. I'm in the middle of quilting one of my projects (which will wing its way to a customer presentation next week) and then back for my lecture at Quilt Canada. It will be a well travelled quilt by the time it gets back. A cross border traveller no less.
And now there are TWO things that I'm looking for - a pattern and a book. I'm off to find them both! (Hopefully!)
Have a super day!
OH - since I wrote that info on Quilt Canada web page, I copied and pasted to save you time and so you won't get tempted by the other stuff! I'm so bad! I would advise you to bring your camera and a notebook and pencil!
Elaine Theriault Workshop