Being gone for 2 weeks to Houston means life is very busy when I return. Bills, mail, newspapers, laundry, and lots of class samples to prepare. Here are my Winter 2016 classes at Patches & Stitches, my local quilt shop:
Leaders/Enders--make Free Quilts! I'll teach at least 5 easy units that become great quilts as you are making other projects. Save time, thread, and use those scraps!
The Feathered Star block--a process class, not paper-pieced, using Marsha McCloskey's book. A beautiful center for a wonderful quilt.
Color College: Winter Semester Opposites Attract--using the terrific book on Color by Becky Goldsmith: The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color. I've written about it here and here. This is the second of four classes using this book. My design varies a bit from Becky's--come to class to find out why...
Kisses and Hugs, the Japanese X and + quilt. This is a great project with scraps. I've taught it several times and everyone does very well with those tricky intersections.
I also have 3 sessions of Quiltmaking 101 from January through April. I really love teaching beginners, and trying to get them enthused about the Quiltmaking process. My goal is to addict one of them, each class, totally and completely to Quilting--that is how my passion and the industry can continue to grow. And I'm always successful at that goal.
Next week I have the pleasure of going to a private retreat for a small group of quilt teachers. I have lots of projects to take, several things I want to learn on the business side of the industry and plan to relax a bit too. Did I mention it's at a beach? Too cold to swim in the Atlantic Ocean this time of year so the indoor pool will have to do. More on all that when I get back.
While I was in Houston, my grand-girl, Stella LeAnne Wilkins was baptized in Huntsville. Here are a few photos from the event. Can't wait to see her here at Christmas!
Stella with her Mama.
My happy husband with his grand-girl!