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I love to teach. I enjoy traveling to quilt shows outside my region, meeting new people and reconnecting with quilting friends. When I’m teaching away from home, I refer to this as being in the Quilt Bubble. Everywhere I look, I see quilt-related things, hear quilt-related discussions, engage in quilt-related activities. I love being in this bubble.

Happy Paper Piecing Class at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, MN

When I go away, I try to keep up with day-to-day things like my email, my deadlines, and world events. It’s hard to find the time and energy after a full day of teaching (sometimes three classes in one day!) to reach out to discover what’s going on outside my quilt bubble.

As I write this, I’m flying back home from Minneapolis, where I taught inside the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo quilt bubble. Before this show, I spent an amazing week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in another quilt bubble. Over these two weeks, I gave one lecture and taught eleven classes involving machine quilting, foundation paper piecing, and surface design. These quilt bubbles were lovely, calm, and friendly places to be. However, while I was busy inside my quilt bubble, the world was not so lovely, calm, and friendly. And so, I have two lessons to report from this experience.

  1. Treasure those moments when you can spend time with your tribe, pursuing your passions and sharing your interests with others of like minds. These times can be scarce and fleeting. Live in these moments and honor them.
  2. Be gentle with yourself upon re-entry into the real world. Contents of the overhead bins may have shifted during your flight.

And so, thank you to everyone who has been part of any of my quilt bubbles this year — both at home and on the road. I value our time together and thank you for sharing your time and energy with me. Let’s do it again soon!

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In Defense of my Thread Stash

I was working on a class sample a little while ago and I was at that must-get-it-quilted stage. In a post in March, I included a picture of a beginning paper piecing sample in *gulp* pink. When it came time to quilt it, I searched my thread stash for pink thread. I had low expectations when I began rooting through boxes and the thread racks on the wall. Pink. PINK. I don’t mean to slam pink. It’s a great color, but it doesn’t generally appeal to me. I’m guessing you have similar relationships with a color or two…orange, perhaps? For the record, I have LOTS of orange, but that’s for another day…PinkPaperPiecing

For this quiltlet, I wanted pink thread to match the four different values of pink, so that the quilting would blend rather than stand out. So, I wasn’t just looking for pink; I was looking for FOUR specific pinks.

Imagine my shock when I found exactly what I needed right there in my existing thread stash! Pink Thread from my Stash I have a budding collection of rayon and poly thread for the tiny bit of machine embroidery I do on my BERNINA 730QE. This is where I found the pink. It was all purchased for specific embroidery projects, but it worked nicely for this quilting. As I pulled the thread, the quilting designs for these flying geese came fully formed into my brain. Look for the arrows. It should always be that simple.

If I ever wondered why I’ve given up shelf space for thread that I don’t use on a regular basis, this was it. You are welcome in my studio, spools of cotton, rayon, poly, and monofilament! Someday, you each may be a key player in one of my projects.

Here’s the finished class sample! Do I have more pink in my future? You’ll just have to wait and see! At least I have the thread for it.

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