Since my last post we celebrated Father’s Day! We celebrated in Vermont with my Father-in-law, Frank, my husband, Rob, our son, Tyler, and our daughter’s first dog pick, Rocky. We consider that 4 generations of Ramrath men!
We also enjoyed having Auntie Eleanor from California, Astrida, Frank’s wife, our daughter, Bethany, and our friends Sonja and Eric with us! Eleanor
This is the first time in many years we have all been together! Praise God! What a nice change, and hopefully a new beginning!
On June 18-19th I volunteered at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I met some amazingly kind people. There are lots of jobs to be done before the show even opens. It was nice to meet some helpers who were very familiar with the process and it was nice that they welcomed newbies like me! I was fortunate to do several different jobs. I will definitely volunteer again next year!
On June 21st I was installed as President of Keene Toastmasters for the 2018-2019 year. My Toastmasters journey has been a great learning experience. I learn and mentor others to communicate with confidence and humor. This directly ties to my quilting passion. Sharing my quilts with others is more fun when I learn to connect with audiences of any kind. Quilters are easier to connect with, but other audiences, especially senior citizens enjoy seeing my quilts too! It’s fun to tailor my talks to audiences. I’ve learned to bring note cards with photos of my quilts for non quilting audiences and patterns for quilters. If you would like to enjoy public speaking, I cannot endorse an organization more than Toastmasters for that. You may want to start a New Beginning with a Toastmasters club near you today! www.toastmasters.org
I also volunteered to be the Area Director for southern NH and southern VT. This is a great way to meet other Toastmasters and connect with others who may want to learn more about quilting or even hire me to speak! I look forward to New Beginnings as Area 15 Director.
I also performed an installation at Toast of the Valley Toastmasters club in Lebanon, NH. This was a first for me. It was a great opportunity to educate the newer Toastmasters about the roles and responsibilities of the officer positions.
On the artistic front, I finally fused my Zinnia together based on Malinda Bula’s pattern. I did not follow all her directions to the “T.” I am happy with how the flower came out. I’m really struggling on the background though. I think it’s time to pull out my paper and colored pencils. I’m transitioning to art quilting so I’m thinking the background should reflect some sunlight in a new and different way. I’m thinking of piecing a background and then apliquick turn the edges and hand stitch down and then free motion quilt all over the piece. Still thinking.
Finished one more wool block too! One more to go and then to design the border.
See you in two weeks!