…that pretty much summarizes where I am today.
We arrived home last night and proceeded to unpack the camper and car. My new sewing machine is sitting in a huge box on the studio floor, but I am waiting to make the “introductions” properly till I have caught my breath.
I was only on the road for four weeks, but it was an action packed and emotional four weeks. Teaching always feeds my soul, and I relish the moments where students connect with the subject matter and forge ahead with confidence. Judging is much the same. My time in the judging “chamber” is an opportunity to educate and share insights and observations while formulating constructive feedback.
And then there was my last week teaching the Quilt Judge Certification Programme in Lethbridge, AB just prior to the official start of Quilt Canada. After six years of committing countless hours and unlimited energy to developing this programme it was time to pass over the responsibilities to the new instructors. Today the last documents and our final report were submitted to the CQA/ACC board. I felt relief last week – this week I look around my studio and feel that life begins anew. I have countless hours that belong to me again… but neglecting my studio space for the last couple of years means I have to do a major reorganization of the space and my supplies.
It will take some time, I am now getting ready to clear the space for the upcoming Annual Open Studio on June 26th and 27th. But, I could not resist opening a box of glorious fabrics sent to me by my friend Elaine Quehl. I had admired her newest fabric line, we both share a deep love for the color red. Imagine my surprise when I cut open the tape and this gorgeous collection of fabrics spilled into my lap!
A new machine, glorious fabrics and more time – what can be better? My mind is full of new ideas and goals to explore new quilting genres… Stay tuned as I return to the studio to design, create and share!
Thank you to all who have supported me over the past several years while I split my time between the many teaching commitments and the studio (less and less in the studio). Your patience shall be rewarded as I make time to fondle fabrics, paint silks and give that new machine one workout after another to meet my personal challenges.