Happy Valentine’s Day!
Where did the week disappear to? I am setting up the class room for another all-day Introduction to Design tomorrow. The weather is cooperating. After a soft blanket of snow freshened up the landscape, the blue sky and brilliant sunshine make for a pleasant day.
I have been somewhat productive this week. I just finished framing ten smallish pieces (9″ x 12″) for a Show and Sale in May. Feels good to be one step closer to organizing my spring.
I just received my contract info for the World Quilt Show – New England in August, organized by Mancuso Show Management. I am excited to be part of this show, and feel so honored that I am asked once again to bring a small selection of quilts for exhibition.
With great news, life tends to balance out as usual. An email arrived this week from Averil Stuart-Head, the Abruzzo Creative School organizer to inform her teachers that she has decided to close the school due to low enrollment numbers and a new joined venture with her husband at home in New Zealand. With that my September opened up a week long booking that I am sure will be filled very soon. No matter what, my memories of teaching in the Abruzzo countryside will be among my fondest travel and teaching memories.
Speaking of fond teaching and travel memories: Three months ago today I spent my last hours in Yellowknife. I find my mind returning to the wonderful people, vibrant northern city and great sites so often. The best way to do this is by reviewing my photos. I have spent the last week reaching into my memory bank to recall some of the great moments I experienced outside of the classroom. If you are interested in reading about the city and its points of interest make sure to visit my travel blog. I am just putting the finishing touches on a post for tomorrow, February 15th, covering the Aurora Borealis tour I took.
Organizing these images brought home the fact that I have not been “on the road” for a while – which is a good thing. I am still trying to regain my physical energy. However, I am looking toward my next big trip, the drive to Ontario. I am booked to teach in multiple venues, including Quilt Canada. Both classes are going ahead and I am considering myself very fortunate as the line-up of international teachers is impressive.
Have another Valentine’s chocolate on me. I have some time left in the afternoon and might just start the sewing machine up for a little while. No better sound than a sewing machine humming away and looking toward a great weekend with eager students and great idea exchanges.