Months ago, I was invited to work on the Education Team at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. I was told it would be hard work, long days, lots of walking, and may not get time to eat. What I didn’t know is how inspiring it would be to meet some of the internationally known teachers, take art quilt classes that were amazing, being able to see all of the exhibits and magnificent quilts I’ve ever seen, and work with a great team of ladies (see top photo).
So what kind of work did I do?
I put up flip charts and markers in every classroom, added large foamcore boards to rooms for teachers to pin up their art, filled buckets of water, set up several special events, checked in keys from teachers, checked in students at lectures and luncheons, clean up after events, pack up supplies, put plastic on lots of tables, picked up, delivered irons and whatever else they needed me to do.
Here are the few amazingly fun things I did:
I attended 3 hour long arm class from an awesome teacher, Jodi Robinson
I attended an all day class with Melinda Bula called Fabulous Fusible Flowers and I was her Teacher’s Pet and checked in her class and handled evaluations. She even gave me a beautiful pattern for being her “pet”
Observed the Iron Quilt Challenge which was super fun! Think Iron Chef but with quilts and not food!
Heard some of the most amazing talks from the most amazing quilters: Cheryl Sebolda, Cindy England, Karen Kay Buckley, Maria Shell, etc.
Attended the Winner’s Circle and saw the quilts being revealed. Top prize Best of Show won $12,500. NICE! Maybe that’ll be me someday!
Shopping….over 1000 vendors but I defintely didn’t get around to all of them.
Viewed hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous quilts and exhibitions.
Free hotel and transportation to and from the airport
Faculty goody bags
Gifts from various artists
IQF Show Bag and goodies
The whole trip was very hard on my feet and legs….I ended up seeing the first aid and they told me to keep my right foot elevated and iced. It was a little difficult to do that when I was about to catch a plane. I did go to the doctor on Monday and it turned out not to be from standing on them all day…it was cellulitus. So I got some drugs and was told to rest, ice and elevate for several days. Just hoping that I feel better by Thursday for my weekend retreat.
I’ve been so blessed to spend a week with some fabulous artists and a super fabulous team that put on an awesome Quilt Show! I’m definitely interested in volunteering again next year, but maybe I need to buy a hovercraft or wear roller skates.
Now I’m ready to create….many light bulbs went off with various techniques that I need to practice on. Now I just need the time to quilt!
See the gallery of beautiful quilts that were at the International Festival. This was just a few of my favorites out of 100s of others.
Hello blogging world! I’ve missed you! I have been so swamped lately with life in general, client quilts, personal projects, full-time job, kitchen remodel and the shingles! It’s been a crazy few months!
I did this turtle awhile ago since my other pin cushion was falling apart. It is even pink and green/Delta Zeta! Here’s the pattern.
These are a few client quilts I recently completed. The Miami Dolphins one was an old bedspread brought back to life with some new fabric!
In just a few short weeks, I’m headed to Houston for the International Quilt Festival to work on the Education team. One little perk was receiving up to 5 yards of fabric for free from two different lines: Alexander Henry’s Ghastlies, and Rifle Paper Company’s Menagerie. I also got a free pattern from Indigo Junction. I chose a cat fabric for my kimono especially since we are wearing it for Halloween! Now I just need to get me some cat ears! I am really looking forward to the Quilt Festival! It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but also a great learning experience!
And FINALLY I finished these king-sized quilts…the one on the left is for my bed and the other one is MY personal memory quilt. Both of these have been entered in my local guild show, HQH Fanfare this coming weekend! While in Utah this summer, I fell in love with Riley Blake’s Juxtaposey fabric line. The quilt in the left photo below was taken in a quilt shop. I just loved the bright colors!
During my stitcher’s group quilting weekend at Grand Oak Retreat, I had great intentions of doing several projects but only was able to do two. When I was in Utah back in June, I found the Riley Blake Juxtaposey fabric and fell in love with it!
Just finished and shipped this Cal-Berkley quilt to it’s owner.
Lauren Boyle, a New Zealand Olympic swimmer contacted me several weeks ago and asked me to create this quilt of all her California Berkley shirts. She asked me if I could give her a discount if she promoted it on her Instagram feed for her 8,000 followers…of course I would! She was in the US for a short period of time so I was able to complete it while she was here in the US visiting friends.
Do you have a large following on social media? Ask me about a special discount to help me promote my business to your online friends.
You never know what tomorrow will bring you! On March 26, 2016, Natalin Hammond had no idea that she would not see her husband alive again.
29-year-old Chad Hammond joined Metro Aviation in October 2015, and previously was an instructor at Cloud 9 Helicopters in Florida. He attended George C. Wallace State Community College, and was a 2005 graduate of Eufaula High School. Just three years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized Hammond with inclusion in the FAA Airmen Certification Database. According to the website, the certification is for pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.
Chad was piloting the chopper in the wee hours of that morning picking up a victim from a car crash. The weather was not good…a bit foggy which caused them to crash.
Natalin contacted me to create a quilt in his memory through my Etsy store. I created a block that would go on his quilt in Photoshop. The quilt represented things he loved like Alabama, hunting and flying. She wanted to make a quilt that represented Chad’s life and give it to their daughter.
This is Natlin’s daughter with her quilt:
This is a quote from Natalin Hammond: “I absolutely love the quilt. You did amazing. I am taking it with us to the one year memorial next week. My daughter cried and squeezed it so tight. I really have no words other than Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you.”
I LOVE WHAT I DO! I love being able to provide such meaningful keepsakes for people. Interested in getting a quilt like this? I can defintely help you out!
Just finished this quilt and will ship it early next week! A client from Oregon asked me to create this memory quilt of her dad’s biking shirts. Her dad had been riding his bike for many years! He began to enter century and double-century rides back in the 1980s. He loved riding in the various competitions all over the different cities these rides were held in. He even did a RAM (Ride Across America) and was on the “sag wagon” that provided meals for the riders and would “rescue” any rider that was having difficulty and needed to drop from the race. The RAM is a grueling multi-day ride that only the “pros” enter. Lance Armstrong did these in his early days before becoming so famous. He continued to ride at least 50 miles a day even into his 80s and up to his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Karen said, “He was a real good man and loved by many!”
Ask me about preserving your special memories of a loved one in a quilt. I can even add photo blocks and custom designed graphic blocks for as little as $12 a block and up. Visit my website for quilt styles and pricing.
A couple from Northport, Alabama contacted me about doing a quilt for them back in October. They were going to deliver the shirts to me at the Madison Street Festival but had a family emergency that weekend and was unable to make it. So a few weeks later, they drove to Madison to bring me the shirts. They did not want to put them in the mail. These shirts belonged to their 25 year old son who overdosed and passed away 3 years ago. They told me his story and also showed me photos of him wearing these shirts. These shirts are priceless to them!
I finished this precious quilt in January and they picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Their son, Trey loved hunting, John Deere, and the Alabama Crimson Tide! Each shirt has a story to tell!
On the back of the quilt, I added Deuteronomy 25:19 – The Lord has given thee rest from all thine enemies.
On Tuesday, I got this message from Trey’s mother:
I know how important all of these shirts are! I will take the utmost care of your priceless memories and make them into a meaningful quilt that can be passed on to future generations.
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Staying busy as a bee transforming t-shirts and clothing into memory quilts.