So the November Art Walk has come and gone and with it the sewing machine art auction and the end of my massive list of projects, classes, and obligations with very short deadlines. My studio looks like an art bomb went off. There's fabric, glue, fusible, sharpies, etc. everywhere! Sorry I disappeared there for several weeks. It's been CRAZY! So much so, I'm going to catch you up in two posts. So let's get started...
Starting back in September, I got myself signed up to design and create a very intricate appliqué block for the "Palmer Quilt", a super secret project that will go to it's future home next summer. My block is of the Palmer Train Depot, complete with the train engine that sits nearby. This block was due in mid-October. Since this project is super secret, I can't tell you more at this time, but I can show you my block and encourage anyone local to Alaska to come out during Colony Christmas in Palmer to check out the quilt. It's going to be on display at the Palmer Museum and Visitor Center. More information can be found here http://www.palmermuseum.org/local-activities/ if you scroll down to the Valley Quilters Guild event info.
Quick Christmas Gifts Class
Besides the Palmer Quilt, I also got signed up to teach a project in the Valley Quilters Guild's Quick Christmas Gifts class in December. That didn't seem too bad until I realized I needed to pick my pattern and get a class sample made by the beginning of October! So I scrambled and worked on three different box ideas before settling on the one the group had originally picked. Then I hurried and finished up the sample for the guild meeting but in the end it wasn't needed.....sigh.......as another member of the group brought one in to help out when they heard I'd picked the original idea.
It's going to be a fun class! There are four projects that participants can make that will be taught one after the other on December 6th. The four projects include a Dressy Dish Towel, Project Bag, Denim Bin, and my project, a Fold-up Basket. You can learn more about the class and sign up on the Valley Quilter's Guild website.
Next I had Fall Quilt Retreat to prepare for and go to in mid-October, which was a lot of fun. I had an AccuQuilt GO training to do at Retreat and it went well but I doubt I'll do another one there. Everyone really wanted to just spend their limited time on their own projects which I can understand....I felt the same way....so that wasn't the right atmosphere for the class. Oh well. Those who attended the class left with smiles and plenty of knowledge so that's what counts.
The weather was beautiful and like always I had a lot of fun seeing all the beautiful quilts everyone was working on. I also spent plenty of time talking. When I did get to sew, I finished my Halloween scarf that I started last Halloween and almost finished a Halloween table mat. I'm trying to decide where to put the appliqué pumpkins I cut out on the table mat. Just some fun sewing that I've been meaning to get to.
And that's it for today. Watch for Part 2 on Monday which focuses on the Art Walk and Auction Project.