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