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)