Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Well Hello June- I'll be in Indiana soon!

 HELLOOOOOOOO! So I unintentionally took May off of blogging. A lot of things have come due and I had to use every single moment to get things done in-between soccer, baseball, volunteering at the kids' schools, and running around like a mad woman AKA: being a MOM. Whoever said I was going to miss my kids being little, WAS RIGHT! Holy hannah, if anything having little kids made it that we stayed home and did more things around the house. Now it seems like we have about 2 milliseconds from the time the kids start walking in through the door from school and all the great programs they are in. No, please don't tell me I over schedule my child if I'm running around nuts…REMEMBER I HAVE FOUR OF THEM. So each one being involved in 1 maybe 2 things…is what I'm talking about. It makes me happy though, I actually enjoy looking at our schedule and trying to figure out how to get who where and then listen to what they did and learned. The school system we are a part of includes music into their program so each of my kids when they reach 5th grade get to pick an instrument they will learn (if they so choose to) so far we have a trumpet player (who is playing for the High School Marching Band next year!!!), a cello player, and we have just picked up a viola player with our 3rd son. Our daughter is the only one that hasn't picked an instrument…but she's already eyeing a few…So yes, I miss my days of little kids running around my ankles giving me an excuse to complain of no time to myself…but I'm loving the teen, preteen ages we have going on and watching them turn into little adults. Each one with their own personality and own talents. Very great and fun…but busy. :)
 This last month while I have been working a lot my peonies I planted three years ago finally bloomed.
The blooms got so large they drooped down to the ground, so I cut them and placed them in a mason jar and put them in the daughter's room. She got off the bus and screamed as she walked into the house that someone had taken our pink flowers, to which I told her to go to her room and check out where the pretty flowers went. She was very impressed with how pretty they made her room, and how pretty they smelled. It was a picture perfect kind of moment…and it needed to be documented because normally we are a hot mess of a story. :) 

NOW lets talk about some of the stuff coming up! This last month I got to help teach 8th graders in Family Consumer Science at my kid's schools, and then I got to teach 4th and 5th graders how to do "Quilt Math" and create a small quilt at my other kids' schools, I also got to speak to my local quilt guild, here in Cedar Rapids, about building a bridge between modern and traditional quilters…WHAT A FANTASTIC CRAZY MONTH OF TEACHING and TALKING. So lets keep the momentum going and lets announce that yours truly will be hanging out with some big guns in the quilting world first at the Shipshewana Quilt festival:

I will be doing a Workshop on how to make this lovely lucky stars table runner. Based off my quilt pattern.
Aside from teaching the table runner class, I'll also be demo-ing twisted flowers and this double edge dresden plate.
 I'll will also be on a panel with some other fantabulous women. Ami Simms, Mary Fons, Karen Eckmeier, Penny Haren, and Kathy Brown. All these women will be teaching and doing lectures as well. I'm Very excited! Please check out how to pre-register and all the other wonderful classes.

And then second I'm also teaching at:
 And I can't even list off all the talent that will be there! Too many!
 I have two workshops at QuiltCon One of them focusing on triangles. HST, Flying Geese, 60 Degree Ruler Triangles, Paper Pieced Triangles, and Wonky Triangles.
The second work shop will be all focused on Ombre fabrics, how to work with them and how to make them work in your quilts and projects. Fun will be had by all. 

Now if you don't mind me…I have to get back to a few lose ends and then we'll be able to talk some more. :) 


Anna said...

go you! I'm so pumped for ya!

Kathy said...

So glad we'll be there together! Looking forward to finally meeting you - - -
Kathy Brown

Kathy said...

So glad we'll be there together! Looking forward to finally meeting you - - -
Kathy Brown

mom2three said...

Nice to hear from you! It is amazing how much even just "one or two" activities per kid can add up to a hectic schedule! I totally relate to that. Have you thought of sharing the curriculum that you taught at the kids schools? I would love to share some of that quilty math with my kids :)

Wishing you a fantastic June - summer vacation is coming, I'm sure things will slow down then ;)

Aunt TC said...

Thank you so much for the peony photos. I miss them from when I lived in NY. Also, I love the bright colors you've chosen for your projects.

Unknown said...

Yeah!! For Shipshewana, IN!! It will be a great Quilt Festival!! Everyone needs to sign up for the Mini Lucky Star Table Runner class and come and see the Panel Discussion!!

Unknown said...

I'm so very excited to meet you in Shipshewana!!! I've lived in Northwest Indiana 6 years now and still haven't made it to Shipshe (I know, I'm a bad quilter) but when I saw you were teaching, I got up early and stalked the registration site to make sure I got a spot in your workshop session as well as the panel discussion. Can't wait till the end of the month!!! Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration to all the young (and young at heart) quilters out there!!! Indiana LUV!

Karen said...

If I'd known, I wouldn't have moved from Indianapolis to Maine 24 years ago! (Well, maybe. . . ) But I do wish more wonderful teachers like you would organize some exciting event here in the Northeast.
BTW, your Ombre fabrics are my absolute favorite!

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HallieBerryQuilts said...

Go you! How much fun. Yes, I do miss all those ball games and activites now that I only have one left at home. I just bought my first ombre fabrics to make Faith's patriotic quilt...So excited to sew-a-long :)

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V and Co. said...

yay! kathy,and laura very excited to meet you too!
and yes, peonies are the best i've decided. Moving here from california and utah, you see that in the midwest its really easy to grow certain things that weren't possible before…but you have to be careful about winters and plants (just some) it's all a learning curve. :)
and yes, happy to be blogging again. :)

Kelly O. said...

what great opportunities coming up for you! I wish I could go to Quiltcon to hear you speak! maybe someday!

RenaissanceSandi said...

Hi there! I saw your pic and article in Fons and Porter today, and was surprised to see your Bloom pattern! I love it, and have made it with a grey background and some of the darker colors of flowers. Please check out my blog: renaissanceSandi.blogspot.com to see pictures of it. Everyone that sees it, loves it! Thanks for the creative pattern. I am currently working on a white version like the one on the cover of your pattern.

Sarah said...

How cool you got to teach at your kids school! I am a teacher and we would love to have parents come in and take that role. Showing how Maths has practical applications is so important to kids enjoying it and wanting to use it. I have three kids and now they are all at school and have after school activities I know exactly what you mean about busy. I enjoy that too.

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