I launched my new Tour offerings at the River Country Quilters Guild in Gloucester, VA on Tuesday and am so thrilled with the response! Three mid-arm quilters, a home sewing machine quilter and a longarm quilter have all taken advantage of the sweet savings and have taken a private workshop in their very own studios while I am in this area. Such an honor to mentor these beautiful, creative and committed-to-their-quilting souls!
I have the full schedule through June of 2019 available on the website now. All of 2017 dates are available to sign-up for, as well as the first three months of 2018. By June 1 all of the available dates through June 2019 will be available to reserve. Let your favorite quilt guild, group or shop know about when the Art Bus is coming into close proximity to them so that they can schedule lectures and group events well ahead of time and shoulder most of the mileage costs.
Speaking of mileage costs, I just want to let you know how awesome it is that the Art Bus is coming to you! It is the RARE quilter that will have to absorb a round-trip mileage charge, just one-way to your location and usually not more than 150-200 miles away! 150 miles @ $.535 is just $80.25. Such a minor cost in relation to the enormous benefit you will receive by having four hours of private mentoring with one of the most popular machine quilting instructors in the industry! Together we are making America great by proving that Making Things Matters, and it matters a whole lot to US!
I had a fantastic Private Workshop today with Dana and Teresa on a really sweet Viking Mega Quilter mid-arm machine. We got it all loaded and turned on and I was very impressed with the smoothness of the machine and also the speed and evenness of the stitches. Dana and Teresa both did really well! Those of you with Mega Quilters on a frame system, I sure hope you are using it to its full benefit! No more closets full of quilt tops, ladies! Get 'em quilted!
I say it all the time because it is true, adults don't like to be beginners very much. It's not realistic to think you will try a design just ten times and have it look like you have been doing it for 15 years! Let the perfectionism go... it's alright if it looks wobbly, and like a beginner did it! It's YOUR beginning and it is beautiful! You will only get better as you practice, never worse! So, keep it up!
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Five years in the making, the compilation of 15 years worth of professional machine quilting instructing experience! Expand your free-hand design library and deepen your quilting skills while supporting the Art Bus and the Quilting Across America Tour! Thank you for your business and your support! ~ Nichole
Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Feathers
Long awaited, it's finally here! Nichole's Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! Series is here to help you become the artist that you say you are not with easy step-by-step instructions! In Free-hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Feathers, learn how to master freehand feathers with a few simple tips. Learn how to do a feather up one side and down the other without having to travel to a starting point. Learn how to stretch your feathers and other "stuff on a stick" designs to fill your blocks and borders, eliminating the need to Stitch In The Ditch! 15 years' experience as a popular and in-demand instructor is brought forth in this incredible design guide that will take you to the next level in your creativity and quilting skill! 5 kinds of feathers/ "stuff on a stick" and complete instructions for how to execute them free-hand without marking. Coil bound, 30 Pages. First 100 copies signed by the author
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Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Flowers
Long awaited, it's finally here! Nichole's Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! Series is here to help you become the artist that you say you are not with easy step-by-step instructions! In Free-hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Flowers, learn how to master an enchanted garden full of beautiful and unique freehand flowers with a few simple tips. Learn how to do branch and back-track with ease and fun! Learn how to choose which flowers and designs will fill your blocks and borders, eliminating the need to Stitch In The Ditch! 15 years' experience as a popular and in-demand instructor is brought forth in this incredible design guide that will take you to the next level in your creativity and quilting skill! 15 kinds of flowers and leaves and complete instructions for how to execute them free-hand without marking. Coil bound, 30 Pages. First 100 copies signed by the author
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Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Fillers
Long awaited, it's finally here! Nichole's Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! Series is here to help you become the artist that you say you are not with easy step-by-step instructions! In Free-hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Fillers, learn how to create and space some unique freehand filler designs with a few simple tips. Learn about proper scale for background designs and how to choose the most appropriate one for your quilt. 15 years' experience as a popular and in-demand instructor is brought forth in this incredible design guide that will take you to the next level in your creativity and quilting skill! 15 fill designs and complete instructions for how to execute them free-hand without marking. Coil bound, 30 Pages. First 100 copies signed by the author
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Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Blocks & Borders
Long awaited, it's finally here! Nichole's Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! Series is here to help you become the artist that you say you are not with easy step-by-step instructions! In Free-hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Blocks & Borders learn how to create and space 10 beautiful and fun freehand block designs and 10 sash or border designs with a few simple tips. Learn about proper scale for your block and border quilting and how to choose the most appropriate designs for your quilt. 15 years' experience as a popular and in-demand instructor is brought forth in this incredible design guide that will take you to the next level in your creativity and quilting skill! 20 unique designs and complete instructions for how to execute them free-hand without marking as well as how to combine them in unique ways to create your own personal style of custom quilting. Coil bound, 34 Pages. First 100 copies signed by the author
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Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Six-Pack of Designs
Long awaited, it's finally here! Nichole's Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! Series is here to help you become the artist that you say you are not with easy step-by-step instructions! In Free-hand for Fraidey Cats! ~ Six-Pack of Deigns learn how to create and space 6 beautiful and fun freehand meander designs with a few simple tips. Learn about proper scale for your fancy meander quilting and how to choose the most appropriate designs for your quilt. 15 years' experience as a popular and in-demand instructor is brought forth in this incredible design guide that will take you to the next level in your creativity and quilting skill! Includes the Six-Pack of designs and complete instructions for how to execute them free-hand without marking as well as how to combine them in unique ways to create your own personal style of meander. Coil bound, 34 Pages. First 100 copies signed by the author
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Yeah, so if you thought you were coming to listen to the Making Things Matters lecture and Trunk Show that I do to get some fluffy non-sense, you would be disappointed.
I see a rift in the quilting community. It feels like continents pulling away from each other. The division is palpable and I believe that it is a metaphysical divide between people who are willing to "go deep" and those who just want to skim along life's surface. I believe that both points of view have their valid arguments but my life has taught me that going deep is my soul's purpose. Just so you know, my lecture is about so much more than quilting. My lecture is about life and legacy and liberty and how quilting serves all of those things and how you can use quilting to support them for yourself.
I have come into contact with so many quilters over the years who have longarm or midarm quilting machines, some for YEARS, and are not comfortable using them. That makes my heart sad. It also makes my heart sad that so many of you incredible artists have unquilted tops lingering in secret spaces. I have helped so many quilters learn to LOVE machine quilting, I know that I can help you learn to love it too! I have 15 years of longarm teaching experience on every brand of machine. I do not work for any company and have no sponsorship contracts with any corporation which means that when I come to YOUR STUDIO to work on YOUR MACHINE I will never be trying to sell you on something else. My sole purpose for our workshop is to serve your highest good as a quilter and we will tailor the class according to your needs. Does your machine have wacky tension? I can work with that! Embarrassed because you don't know how to load a quilt? I can teach you that! Petrified of the size of the monster machine? I AM the Quilting Machine Whisperer. I really can help YOU get comfortable and give you some fun and useful designs to practice. I really, really, REALLY want to see you artists turn all of your tops into blankets (gasp!).
Fabric is inherently fragile, my friends. Stitches are the glue that gives us quilts that last into antiquity. Preserve the legacy of your beautiful Maker self! More stitches! Quilt those quilts! For those quilts that you feel deserve a special touch, I still offer machine quilting services for clients. Maybe I can quilt one for you and then show you some tricks so you can quilt one yourself?
Talk of Legacy and Liberty, Love and Loss... these can never be just fluffy things. I can't do fluffy... I love the nubby goodness of a quilty life too, too much!
In Service to Truth, Beauty, Humor & Love,
The Quilting Across America Tour. Funded by people, not corporations!
Your generous $5 and $10 donations help fund the Quilting Across America Scholarship that helps defray the expense cost of my private mentoring for quilters all over America! Together we are proving that Making Things Matters! Thank you!
There are so few longarm classes anywhere and very few one-on-one experiences with longarm teachers. Nichole will give you confidence to use that beautiful longarm machine you purchased. A longarm class at Quilt Festival in Houston (with 30 people) is $135+. Take advantage of Nichole being near you while you can!!! ~ Chris Mattern Ginkens
I can't sleep I am so excited about my new plan for the Quilting Across America Tour! One of my mentors has been saying frequently that the old ways of doing things is no longer working. Consciousness is shifting in new directions and people are in need of a new level of service.
For years I have enjoyed the intimacy of private workshops as my very favorite way to teach. I have fun with the large group classes, too, but I really feel there is a deeper connection to my student when I am acting as mentor and not as teacher. The truth is that the only person who can actually teach you, is YOU. It takes the actual experience of doing the thing to honestly learn it. Teacher's can guide you and give you corrections but the person who actually makes the knowledge click for you is always YOU.
I enjoyed my time at the Gate City Quilter's Guild and the High Point, NC Quilt Guild in early May and I taught myself some valuable lessons there. I learned that sometimes people that are the most helpful are not actually helpful for my highest good but perhaps are a bit controlling. I learned that no one is going to protect my mission or make sure that it is kept on the road but me. I rediscovered that I hate teaching drawing classes, so I no longer offer them. A drawing class is fine for YouTube, but I want your hands on cloth or machine when you are in one of my workshops!
After learning those lessons I reinvented myself and my tour. I pulled up my big-girl panties and thought long and hard about how I can be more effective in my mission to be of service to your creative spark. I love what I have come up with and my calendar is beginning to fill with all kinds of wonderful quilters who see the opportunity for a HANDS-ON workshop IN THEIR STUDIO with just them or them and a friend, is a UNIQUE opportunity that they cannot pass up on. For less than a mega-sized Hands-On class at a show they can have me in their studio teaching them on their machine, that they are used to (or not yet)!
I feel very strongly that we are becoming more and more disconnected from each other thanks to screen-time. Large classes do not offer the same level of true intimacy that a one-on-one class offers and so can never actually compete. It's like comparing apples to oranges!
If you are one of the MANY quilters that I have come in touch with that have a longarm and are intimidated by it, I can help. I have a 15 year long career of teaching on every brand of machine out there.
If you are a quilter that just has a sewing machine but a real desire to quilt your own quilts, I can help you! I teach in your studio or in my Art Bus on both the regular sewing machine and the longarm.
I am also offering classes on pieceing, pieced backs and binding.
I am thrilled to offer some unique choices for a great program for guilds and shops that want to host the Art Bus. People NEED to get out and connect with each other! Let's shake things up together and transform the quilting world by the depth of our connections to each other!
I am teaching today and speaking tonight but tomorrow my location and available dates for the rest of 2017, 2018 and 2019 will be available on the website. It is first-come, first served, so be sure to secure your date to assure you get the one on want.
Please share this post and my website with every quilter you know! Let's show the world how much Making Things Matters to us!
In Service to Truth, Beauty, Humor and Love,
The Quilting Across America Tour. Funded by people, not corporations!
Your generous $5 and $10 donations help fund the Quilting Across America Scholarship that helps defray the expense cost of my private mentoring for quilter all over America! Together we are proving that Making Things Matters! Thank you!
We love travel day!
The Art Bus team LOVES travel day! This is just part of our collective nomadic nature but everyone gets excited when it is time to put the work away and hit the road! Today we are pulling up stakes from Martinsville, VA where we stayed at the very quiet, restful and one of our favorite RV Parks so far: Indian Heritage RV Park. All three of us very much enjoyed our stay here! There is a truly magnificent garden that is tended to by the park on a hillside median... the day lillies are just beginning to bloom. There is a magnificent magenta rose bush that is in full-bloom. A truly beautiful place to stay! We had a spot backed up right to the Smith River and enjoyed a lot of the beauty of Nature while we were here. Special thanks to my dear friend and client, Joanie Jones, who invited me into her life and neighborhood and got me connected with the Foothills Quilt Guild. The Foothills Quilters really did so much more than take a workshop from me, they fed my spirit and treated me with great kindness.
I took the Snoop-dog for a walk by the Smith River one morning and was enveloped and I mean enveloped in butterflies. At least two-dozen huge gold ones, a half dozen periwinkle blue ones and a lone black one. The geese on the river preened from their perch in the shallows and tiny little birds zoomed so close to the water I thought they would fall in. One brave male Mallard duck swam cooly by the half-dozen geese that were loudly honking their protest to Snoopie being on their beach. I have never been near that many butterflies in nature, just the butterfly garden at Houston's Museum of Natural Science. It was astounding! That was a definite spiritual moment. This entire stay was beautiful, relaxing and transformative.
I had some hard lessons the week prior to this. Lessons about respecting my self and my mission enough to have boundaries and carefully guard them. This is not just how I make my "living," but this life I am living is in complete service to my inner mission. It is important to me to be in service to Truth, Beauty, Humor and Love by bringing encouragement, inspiration, skills and mentoring to people who need it throughout America and Canada (Come see me in Buffalo, NY in July my Eastern Canadian friends!). Our humanity flourishes and grows through our creative spark. I am here to nourish YOUR creative spark.
So now we have some beautiful contracts that will serve all parties with their clarity and direction. I also reimagined the Quilting Across America Tour and how it can be more efficiently managed to serve the highest good of all who come into contact with it. If you cruise around my website you will see some pretty drastic changes. Change is good and I am confident that my ability to be in service to my purpose will be greatly expanded by the new way of doing things.
I am offering private machine quilting and even piecing mentoring in your studio or the Art Bus for $175 for an individual or $300 for two. Mileage costs from the last stop of the Art Bus before you ($.535 per mile) and 2 nights lodging at a quality RV park near you are the only expenses in addition to the class fee. The average mileage has been around 150, however this is a beautiful opportunity for you to work together with your local quilters to schedule your lessons in proximity to each other and help to share the expenses. We will be building a strong community of people who are committed to their own creative excellence and are nourished to press-on in a world that can feel so doomed at times. Our creativity is what will make the world flourish. We must nurture it. For the sake of our sanity; for the sake of humanity!
I have created the opportunity to support an Art Bus Scholarship Fund, for those who have the heart to help out of your abundance. The Scholarship will be used to help defray excess mileage charges and give every quilter who is committed to their own excellence the chance to do so affordably. Just think about how much money you spend to attend a show that is filled with numerous other students. My private class is all about YOU, nourishing your spark, expanding YOUR skills, encouraging YOUR growth as a quilter and as a human being! Unheard of in this industry and only thanks to my vagabond lifestyle I can bring the Mentor to you at an incredibly LOW price, to help you in YOUR studio, on YOUR machine. Or the Art Bus. For my Canadian friends I will pop into very Northern areas in America to try to make a trip over for your private lesson in the Art Bus more accessible. I don't want to hassle with crossing the border, I hope you will understand.
Speaking of Canada, for my Eastern Canadian friends, I will be in Buffallo, NY from at least July 10 until July 16.
We are headed to Gloucester, VA where I will give a Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats! 5 hour workshop and a Quilting Across America lecture tomorrow evening (there is room available in this 5-hour hands-on group workshop (Contact Rebecca Mattox for information on how you can join us). I will be based out of Cobbs Creek, VA between May 22 and May 31, for those who are interested in these incredible private lessons while I am in that proximity.
Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem, Ashboro, NC and Martinsville, VA friends, I will be back in your area with days available (super-low mileage charge because I will be already in the area) from May 31-June 7. I really look forward to spending the day nourishing YOUR creative spark!
I am still working on writing all of the descriptions for my workshop choices so be sure to check back in the next day or two for those. Please share my tour information with quilters far and wide and let's nourish our creativity and make the world more beautiful, together!
Click on the Quilt Shop button below to see when the Art Bus will be near you and to register for your private lesson. After your order is received we will discuss your needs and desires for your private class and confirm your workshop date and costs. I look forward to transforming the world with you!
The Quilting Across America Tour. Funded by people, not corporations!
Your generous $5 and $10 donations help to support my Random Acts of Artwork Movement and funds the Quilting Across America Scholarship that serves to defray the expenses of my private mentoring for quilters all over America! Together we are proving that Making Things Matters! Thank you for being a small part of a BIG change in this world by supporting my mission in service to Truth, Beauty, Humor and Love, Nichole Wilde
I suck my thumb. That's right. I am nearly 43 years old and I STILL suck my thumb. It's not as though my parents did not try everything in their power to get me to quit. It's just a part of who I am in this life, I guess. There's my confession.
NOW! The IDEA!
I am so excited about the idea that I had when wrestling with how to manage this giant chew I have bitten off with the Quilting Across America Tour. With a little bit of thought I came up with a much better way to make my personalized instruction (truly, my preferred way to mentor machine quilters is on an intimate basis) accessible to every quilter. I played around with my shopping cart on the website and discovered that I can create a product that represents each month of the year and I can add days of the month as OPTIONS so that people can pick the day they want to have a One-on-One or Quilting With a Friend day with me in the Art Bus or your own studio!
Under the heading of each month of the year you will find the areas that I will be in and the days that I am available. This will help keep the costs to the student and environmental damage of the Tour down to a minimum and will be much more accessible to everyone!
Please be patient with me as I add the rest of the months through 2018. I am still available to speak to your guild or teach at your shop and this will make it easier to tell when the Art Bus plans to be the closest to you!
I also forgot to mention how thrilling it was to see the spread about me and the Art Bus in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine! If you missed it you can see the on-line version here:
Oh, The Places We Will Go!
Be sure to bring your copy to our workshop so I can sign it for you!
Happy Quilting in service to Truth, Beauty, Humor & Love,
Call me with any questions at all, (360) 488-3036 or email me at email@example.com and I will get back with you right away.
I have completed two client quilts so far this week and am loading another one on the machine today. I'm wrapping up my May bookings and have openings to finish quilts for clients in the month of June. If you have a special quilt top that you would like to have preserved beautifully for generations, be sure to contact me with pictures and the size dimensions at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free no-obligation estimate. My artistic freehand finishing service charges start out at $.03 per square inch. Every quilt quilted by me is an authentic Nichole Wilde original work of art.
Guilds and quilt shops that are interested in hosting lectures, classes and workshops with Open Art Bus events, be sure to contact Michael Howell at MichaelH@yesyoucanquilt.com for information on how to schedule. We are thrilled to be working our way around America, encouraging YOUR creativity and face-to-face community in service to Truth, Beauty, Humor and Love. Upcoming events in VA, NC, NY, PA, OH, MI, IL, OK and TX for this year and CA, ID, WA, MT and CO for next year are already on the books or in the works! Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity! I am honored to share my story, my quilts and my experience with all of you and know that your quilting life will be changed forever for the better by spending a day with me.
Make something beautiful and leave a legacy that lasts lifetimes my dear friends!
Phew! I am astounded that it has been so long since my last blog posting! I feel like I have been very busy meeting quilters, finishing quilts and seeing America and it seems like literally yesterday since I wrote last. Alas, I beg your forgiveness for not keeping you more informed of my travels and shenanigans!
April was exciting and eventful with a two week stint work-camping at a goat farm in Tallahassee. We enjoyed our stay there, right on the banks of the beautiful and enormous Lake Talquin and picked up a few good stories to share in my Quilting Across America lecture. Alas, Michael and I determined that goat farming, indeed farming in general, is not our cup of tea and when I saw the paintings that were being offered as classes at my friend Marjorie Schoelles Mermaid Canvas studio in Port St. Joe I immediately got on the phone and begged my friend Karen for her kindness in allowing us to park in her driveway at Port St. Joe Beach one more time for an additional week or so. Karen and her husband Dan and Dan's mom Barbie are a delight and we very much enjoyed and appreciated their generous sharing of their corner of the earth with us. Just a block off of the beach, we decided we liked it even better than we did when we were there the first time in March. It is on the list as one of our favorite places in our travels so far!
At the end of April I decided that we should zoom up to Paducah, Kentucky for the AQS Spring Quilt Week, so we did! It just so happened that my adopted mom of my heart Lura lives exactly half way between Port St. Joe Beach and Paducah, so we stopped in for a visit and like every good child, a couple of loads of laundry. It's always so good to see dear friends and the visit was too short.
The quilt show at Paducah was nothing short of astounding. I left feeling like I really need to work harder at honing my skills. The quilts that were juried into the show were jaw dropping and gorgeous. The RV park that we stayed in was in Calvert City and reminded me of home, in it's humble way. We had really nice neighbors and I got a lot of quilting for my clients done while we were there.
Then we were off to Hendersonville, NC where I enjoyed a beautiful day sharing a private lesson on a brand-spanking new APQS Millennium with two really fun and beautiful ladies. Hendersonville is a beautiful place and I look forward to returning there one day in the near future!
May has already been very busy for me, with two lectures, three workshops and a few client quilts. I am really enjoying the fellowship and connection with beautiful people as the Quilting Across America Tour heats up! Thank you all so much for your love and support! I appreciate everything you are doing for me, including your show and shares :) Remember my friends, Making Things Matters!
Until next time, from the beautiful banks of the Smith River in Martinsville, VA, Love, Nichole
Just like disco Music...
It is physically impossible to hang out in the vibration of a gorgeous white-sands beach on the Emerald Coast of Florida and feel sad for very long. You either shift or you flee. This is indeed the perfect spot for me to ride out the third anniversary of the Oso Landslide. Somehow I knew that this was where I needed to be, and the people that I have here are the perfect match, with the words that I need to hear right now. I am so blessed, but I also am proud of myself for following my intuition and not a plan.
The Quilting Across America Tour has been a grand adventure so far, and began with a kind of wobbly vision for what it was going to achieve. As the year has progressed my ideas have congealed and I now know exactly the direction that I want to take this tour and thus my life. Thank you for being patient with me and supportive of me and my vision!
We are in Port St. Joe, Florida, which is a sleepy little town just south of Mexico Beach. These two little places are like a hidden gem away from the touristy beaches of Destin. Michael and I drove up the coast of Florida from Palm Harbor on US 98. To date it was the most scenic and fabulous drive we have taken together. We are both enchanted by the area. This is definately a place on our list for "when we settle down."
I have finally settled into redeveloping the website and getting caught up on catching you up. For your viewing pleasure is a gallery of photos of quilts I have finished so far this year. I am accepting clients and right now today have a two-week turn around. If you have a special quilt top that needs that artistic finishing touch to preserve your legacy, give me a call today! (360) 488-3036. Please do leave a message and I will return your call just as soon as I can.
March is the most difficult month of the year for me. As the anniversary of the Oso Landslide approaches, I find myself happy and sad to be away from the scene of the disaster. Happy because they have been having miserable weather back home and sad because I will not be there to launch lanterns into the night sky in remembrance with the other families as has been our tradition for the past two years. 43 lives were lost on that sunny Saturday morning of March 22, 2014. Every single one deeply loved and precious to our small community.
Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild of New Smyrna Beach, Florida hosted a set of classes on February 28, 2017 and they were a smashing success! So many lovely and talented quilters joined me in learning some special freehand techniques that can be done on their sewing machines! We thoroughly enjoyed the verve and enthusiasm that the quilters there greeted my techniques with!