On November 7th I facilitated a SAQA POD meeting in Bridgewater, Vermont. As always it was inspiring! Betty Warner shared her knowledge on Best Press, Heavy Duty Starch, and Terial Magic. The mantra of the day was, “I know a lot. I have a lot. Just do it!” Betty also brought samples of quilts with 10 different binding techniques. If you would like to learn out to make art quilts, think about joining us at our next SAQA POD meeting on April 3, 2019 at the Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater, Vermont from 10-1pm.
I was going to whine about the car issues I had this week, the dental issue I had, the eye doctor appointment and glasses that came in with the wrong lenses, banking issues and the doctor appointment with disappointing news, but decided after all the ashes that fell in Paradise, California and in southern California too, that I have no reason to whine.
Cindy Needham has organized an army of kind quilters ready to help those who lost their quilting studios to the wild fires, rebuild. I remember hearing Ricky Tims talk about a tornado and fire at his family home years ago. I was attending his Super Seminar years ago in New York. I met David Taylor who now lives in Hennicker, NH after a fire burned his studio down in Colorado. Now Melinda Bula’s home has been reduced to ashes. Her new home and beautiful studio is rubble. My heart aches for these tragedies. It is simply inspiring to see how each of these people use their art to heal themselves.
I much prefer sewing to dealing with car issues, teeth issues, eye issues, female aging and banking issues. How about you?
On a much brighter note, our Keene Toastmasters club meeting was all about being thankful. We had impromptu speaking about a favorite dish, sweet potato with marshmallows, favorite Thanksgiving trip to Plimoth Plantation, favorite cousins coming to visit, favorite new thing learned about Thanksgiving and Native America 3 sister casserole, and favorite activity -moving back to New England. The meeting also had a humorous prepared speech, “The Tale of 2 Soaps” and an awesome evaluation. Another bonus was that we all got home before the snow started.
Below is a photo of my 2nd Dream Big panel. This was certainly the highlight of my week. I used 4 threads, gold, light blue, variegated blue and darker blue for the edges. I’m looking forward to stapling this piece on stretcher bars as a piece of art.
I also went to the hair dresser this week. Thank you Sue, for another great color and cut! I think she is booked through Christmas. I’m so lucky to be a regular customer at Mia Capella Salon, who books several appointments ahead!
I do hope that if adversity hits you this week, you can take some time to de-stress at your sewing machine or with some hand work. I’m working on my newest wool moose quilt. As my father-in-law is in hospice care, I’m enjoying working on this piece. I’m already thinking about quilting martini glasses in the border. Frank has been characterize in drawings as a moose for years! He also likes gin martinis. I’m partial to vodka martinis. There are so many new recipes on Pinterest these days! Cheers to a new quilt I’ll dedicate to Frank Ramrath.
I’ve always wanted to do a line of cocktail quilts. I think I’m getting closer.
Thanksgiving is coming this week. I do hope you find someone to enjoy a meal and some time with this thanksgiving. Over the years, we’ve delivered meals to shut ins, cooked for family and friends, and enjoyed traditional New England style meals at country inns. Whatever you do, hunting, cooking, sewing, watching football, calling relatives, sending quilting supplies to those who lost all their belongings in the California fires, I hope you feel as blessed as I do knowing this community is kind and loving. Quilters are some of the most generous people I have ever met. I share many quilting stories through Toastmasters with non-quilters or possibly future quilters.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!