The workshops that I am offering on my Quilting Across America Tour are all fun hands-on the sewing machine or quilting machine workshops (depending upon what the host has chosen)!
The Free-Hand For Fraidey-Cats! Variety of classes are guaranteed to help even the most novice and timid free-motion machine quilter become comfortable with key free-hand skills that will carry you forward quickly in your quest to machine quilt your closet full of quilt tops beautifully. I have been teaching free-hand machine quilting on sewing machines and longarm quilting machines for 15 years and was nominated for the Teacher of The Year Award by The Professional Quilter Magazine in both 2006 and 2007. I have helped thousands of students become confident and comfortable enough to practice their way to excellence. Many teachers and award winning quilters have been my students! Whatever the class I am teaching and no matter how many students show up I always put forward my very best effort to meet my students where they are and I am known to encourage everyone to find the best way to execute designs for YOU. There is more than one way to skin a cat, the saying goes, and it holds true for a host of free-hand quilting designs, too!
My piecing classes are fun and designed to help you quilt scrappily with excellence. My two favorite piecing teachers are Sally Collins and Judy Martin. Learn to piece well and happily! Get over your fear of scrappy quilts and/or wonky plaids! Join me for a delightful time of fellowship and the satisfaction of making!
So far on the tour I have taught workshops and private lessons in: Washington, Idaho, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, & Massachusetts with upcoming events scheduled in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Texas and New Mexico. I look forward to quilting with you when the Art Bus is cruising by YOUR neck of the woods!
Time flies when you are having fun, or flattened by sheer exhaustion!
The last few weeks have been filled with a lot of those typical life struggles that we all deal with: the slide-out motor needs to be replaced, the house water pump bit the dust, we have a leaky valve between the city water and the fresh water tank... just stuff. Since the slide is broken it is not possible to use the longarm with it in the bus all folded up so Michael helped me take the machine down and out through the window to set it up in the driveway under my awning. I have 5 more quilts that I want to get quilted before Lucey gets sold, so that is what I am working on HARD this week. The weather here in Lancaster, MA has been fickle, with occasional torrential thunderstorms so I have been breaking the machine down and putting it in the bus when I am not using it. The up side is, broken down it gives us a lot more living space than when it is set up. In the effort to make more room I culled the underneath, the cabinets and the basement compartment. I have a Prius full of stuff to take to the Goodwill, now. I do not know what I was thinking when I kept the ungodly amount of books that I was hauling around?! I went through my closet, too, and found three grocery sacks of clothes to give away. Serial purger.
After all of that, which included going through a box of Delaney's personal nick-nacks and stuff, I was laid out in bed for three solid days. It was all I could do to make it to the rest room. Since my TBI I find that major tasks really cause a shut-down. I am struggling to get a handle on what I am capable of now. It's a lot less than I was capable of before the head injury in September 2015. So I have to regroup and get real about what I can really offer consistently and with high quality. I will eventually get around to sharing all that I want to, just probably not all within the same time frame. I am just now coming to terms with this new, slower and more easily overwhelmed me.
Speaking of overwhelming, the new book series is in the final stages of proofing, finally! I apologize for the added delay to all of you who have so kindly pre-ordered the titles. I learned a whole bunch in the process of creating these and I am very hopeful that you will find them to be incredible helpful in your free-hand growth. The estimated shipping date is now July 14. Thank you so much for your patience and support. It is appreciated so very very much!
Many people ask how a person can make a living traveling like we do. I want to throw out the idea that the skills and talents and abilities that you have to share are things that people need in all kinds of places. I make my living traveling the same way I made it staying at home (and honestly, more easily on the road). For those of you who are on the edge of chasing your dream (whatever it is) I recommend James Altucher's book, Choose Yourself as a helpful tool. Since I live in a bus, I have linked to the Kindle version on Amazon for you. Do yourself a big favor and spend this $1 today. You won't be sorry!
Thanks to all of our friends and supporters! Together we are showing that Making Things Matters! In Service to Truth, Beauty, Humor and Love... Nichole, (Michael and Snoopie too)
Lucey is still for sale! I just know that she will go to the perfect quilter at the perfect time.
No, I am not going to EVER quit quilting! Don't be silly! I am down-sizing a bit, to make life in a 40' coach much more livable for two self-employed people. I will still be able to quilt for my clients! I will still be teaching, tech-ing and mentoring you in your own homes, local quilt shops and guilds!
What I won't be offering any more is Open Art Bus events. It is SO MUCH WORK to break-down the house, drive it to the location, set it up, break it down, take it back to the park... and since Lucey will no longer be in the RV, there's not really a reason to do it. I know that many of you understand me when I say how stressful it is to invite a bunch of strangers into your HOME!
Speaking of which, I wanted to be sure to let you know that when it comes to your home sewing environment, it is like invisible to me when I come to mentor or to teach you! I'm not there to judge your place, I'm there to help you grow and improve so that you can preserve MORE of your legacy more beautifully! I am in New England until July 10... when you consider I came from Seattle the distance between where I am and where you are is minimal and I have wheels while I am in Lancaster, MA, so I can EASILY come to you and I am also to work with the schedule that would work best for you!
Stay tuneded for photos of me quilting in the blissful outside! The slide is still stuck and I need to quilt to pay for the repair so we moved the machine out onto the "patio" under the awning! I know I am God's favorite because this minor set-back occurred in the Summer time while I am at the ideal spot for a re-group, re-organization and I am not in anyone's way (too much).
This week I really go after my mission whole-hog! The new schedule goes into effect:
Monday you can catch my NEW weekly Making Things Matters Podcast,
Wednesday evening I will be hosting Facebook LIVE! an Artist's Way discussion on the Random Acts of Artwork page.
Friday evening I will be hosting a YouTube LIVE! on Drawing From The Right Side of The Brain (from the book and workbook by Betty Edwards)
Saturday each week, I will host a YouTube LIVE! on the Yes, You Can Quilt Channel featuring designs (drawn and free-motion quilted on a sit-down machine) from my new book series Free-Hand for Fraidey-Cats!
I am looking forward to stretching myself and my self-discipline with this new weekly and consistent schedule. No more excuses for ME! Here it is in black and white, I do so hope that you will join me for one or all of these creative offerings from my heart to yours.
I am convinced that we are responsible to create the world as we want it to be. I want it to be a place filled with the beautiful, the true, the funny, the free and common unity and these are my baby-step contributions to that end.
Please support the ART BUS! We are grateful for each and every generous donation and are in need of some more support for the scholarship fund. For all those who feel led to support us on this journey, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!
Nichole, Michael and Snoopie (the Snooper-Star)
Last week was companion Michael's birthday week and also a transitional travel week. We have been bouncing around the South since we left Alabama in February and now we transition North. As Michael is a political writer and lover of history and while we are "in the neighborhood," so to speak, I decided that we should travel up through Virginia in the mountains and then over to Washington D.C. with a stop in Charlottesville to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
So we packed up Art Bus and left our really cozy beautiful site at the Charlottesville KOA (off of Red Fern Rd.) and made our way over to Monticello. They have lovely RV and Bus parking and we were delighted that the day was not too hot so as to make waiting for us unbearable for Snoopie. One of the things that I love about this lifestyle is having my home right here, with me, wherever I am. Like Michael joked yesterday, "Don't forget the camera!" lol!
Monticello was beautiful and we both enjoyed the in-depth Behind The Scenes Tour that took us up into the upstairs rooms of the house. It was truly enjoyable and very informative. Strange to think that we can stand in the same place as great men in history stood. Very neat!
We cruised up easily to Washington D.C., where we spent a couple of days as tourists. I got a great deal on a rental car so the first thing that we did when we got to D.C. was to pick it up. There are not many campgrounds in that area to begin with and so I thought the car would help us get into town to see what we wanted to see.
The first campground that we stayed in was the Capitol KOA. It was alright, with trees almost too close for getting our 40'er into the campsite and more amenities than we generally require, so the price was higher than I like to spend. Part of this journey is about getting face to face with people we have befriended on social media and one of Michael's friend was out of town for work until Saturday so we decided we should stay Friday night as well. Unfortunately there was no room at the KOA for us for Friday night so we moved about 30 miles to Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD. It's a very large and very fancy park/resort that turned out to be about $10 a night less than the KOA. We liked it and would go back there, especially if we were on vacation and could just play for a few days. I wish I had booked there first, but then I wouldn't know that I really don't like that KOA very much. Both parks had dog park areas, which we love for Snoopie.
Saturday morning rolled around and we cruised down to DC to meet up with Ben. There was some idea that we might find street parking for Art Bus, although we felt this was unlikely. On-line it says that Union Station has oversized parking and that was what we programmed into the GPS. Unfortunately we could see the oversized vehicles in the garage but never did find a way to get ours in there. It was Saturday, June 10, the day of the big Pride Parade and I'm driving the Art Bus around downtown DC. It was slightly stressful. We eventually passed by the Washington Monument where I let Michael out to meet his friend and Snoopie and I continued on down the road in the Art Bus.
YES! Snoopie and I cruised downtown DC in the Art Bus.
After our DC adventure we headed to Freeland, MD where I had a truly delightful private lesson with a gal on a sit-down HQ Sweet 16. She did fabulously and we both enjoyed our time together very much. I look forward to meeting her for a coffee and to see her progress when we are both in Hershey for the Quilt Odyssey show.
We zoomed North, enjoyed lunch in Pennsylvania and dinner in Connecticut. I was so blessed to spend some quality time with my friend and talented author and teacher Mary Eddy. It is really fun to be able to see the people that I really love and cherish.
Next we landed in a driveway in Lancaster, MA that is simply a slice of heaven. My dear friend that I met through the mudslide tragedy is hosting us for a couple of weeks of stationary "down-time," as Michael and I honeymoon (we tied the knot!). At the perfect time, too, because the motor mount broke on the main slide-out and it is stuck "in." That means that Lucey is stuck snug up against my kitchen counter and thus, out of commission. Life has felt a little hairy the last couple of weeks but today we move forward. I am setting Lucey up outside under my awning and quilting the last of the quilts that I have to do before she is ready to go to her new home.
I have decided to sell Lucey! I would love to sell her while I am in MA. 2011 APQS Lucey (26") on 10' BLISS home table. $9,000. Delivery, set-up and training would be an additional charge.
I have some exciting new projects underway! Stay tuned! If you are in the Northeast NOW is a fabulous time to get a private lesson or a creative boost in your own space! I am driving to all of my NW students. The cost is $175 plus round-trip mileage from Lancaster, MA. This is likely never to be offered in this area again. Don't miss out! Call me today (360) 488-3036
via the First Church of Art and Gladness: Art Bus!
I am enormously grateful to all of the quilters and people that I have come into contact in the course of my tour. My life is filled with beauty and grace thanks to the many beautiful, talented and generous hearts that I encounter.
I very much enjoyed my stay in the River Country area of Virginia, although I have to admit that the bugs were pretty thick and friendly. Gloucester is where I launched full-force into my new private in-home workshops. I did two while I was there, both on mid-arm Viking Mega Quilter machines on frames. It was wonderful to see the ladies get finally comfortable with their machines!! I am really so very blessed to have the opportunity to offer this unique service.
If you have a sewing space in your home, it does not have to be a spotless and professional studio, ladies! I am not afraid of your basement sewing room or the tiny spare room crammed with stuff. I am a quilter, after all! As long as you have room for us to stand, a place for us to draw and a sewing machine set up, I can help you!
This week Michael and I very much enjoyed a couple of what must be the best restaurants in Asheboro, NC. It was our real pleasure to enjoy stellar company and off the charts great food while here in town to speak to the Randolph Quilter's Guild who are a very kind group to speak for! Today I will spend the day with a member of their guild in a Private Workshop. I am so excited to see more and more people committing to getting their tops finally quilted! Quilt tops don't last into the ages, QUILTS DO!
My new book series, Free-Hand for Fraidey Cats!, is off to the printer and was set to being shipping on June 10, however the books will be there before I am there to ship them out so the new shipping date is June 14. I am thrilled to bring my 17 years of professional experience into print to supplement my in-person classes. As a special thank you for ordering your copy early, I would like to give you the coupon code FRAIDEY-CAT for 10% off of your purchase of any or all of the new titles AND every book will be signed to the purchaser (unless requested otherwise). This discount will expire on June 10, so be sure to take advantage of the savings now! I appreciate so much your support of my work! I am on a mission to see all these closets full of tops get quilted!
One last thing: I have updated my calendar, so be sure to see if I will be close to you. Remember that 150 miles is only $80.25 mileage charge. When I have come from NW WA to the NE, anything within 300 miles of where I am is "close" to me so please don't hesitate to give me a call to ask if you are too far out of my way to come quilt with. Chances are you are not. I am on an adventure and will go to where I am needed, so if you are ready to be inspired and have your skills boosted, give me a call to discuss when we will quilt together in your studio! (360) 488-3036. I can do Private Workshops in the Baltimore, MD area on June 9 and 10. One or two people, your sewing room or mine!
Thanks for reading and your continued support of the Quilting Across America Tour! I hope I have the opportunity to quilt with you! ~ Nichole
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!
SUPER-DUPER Pre-Sale!!!! 10% off all of my brand new books!
Use Coupon Code FRAIDEY-CAT at check-out for 10% off all new book titles.
Pre-Sale ends June 10, 2017
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
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.