As we ease back into in-person workshops and lectures, It felt like a good time to update my workshop and lecture offerings. I miss teaching in person, but I have really come around to virtual lectures and workshops, both as a teach and a student. It opens learning up to so many more people! And I can’t say I’m exactly sad about not having to lug 75 plus quilts to a lecture. READ MORE
Wall of Windows in the Quilt Studio
There’s been lots of work happening here at our Santa Fe house. To bring you up to date- We had planned to buy a house with a studio already built, but when we found our house and its amazing location, we quickly decided it was THE house. Its super lovely but small, even for 2 people who downsized before moving in. Adding on to it was always part of the plan. We finalized plans to add on to it in 2020, but COVID and things that go with that initially slowed things down. Construction finally started about 10 weeks ago.
Things are happening at a regular pace these days, stopping long enough for an inspection here and there. It’s so exciting! I feel beyond grateful that I am getting a big beautiful studio and I’m trying to be as patient as I can (not my strongest personality trait 😉). We have no end date as of yet, but hopefully by the end of the summer.
The quilt studio will be absolutely dreamy! Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Seattle basement studio to death for several years! It was big, and all mine. I didn’t have to worry about my creative messes getting in the family’s way. But to have a studio above ground with all the natural light our new house offers us, its going to be amazing. Like, give me a mini-fridge and a coffee maker and I can live in that room. There will be a large design wall, ample space for my sewing machines. I’m pinching myself. In the meantime, I’m just adding to my Pinterest board and measuring things out of the floor with painter’s tape.
I made a little video tour of what the addition looks like right now-
Yesterday we had our monthly Zoom meet up for the Snowflake Sampler Block of the Month. We all agree that hand stitching- really any kid of crafting- has provided a nice way to keep hands busy and relax our mind when we sit down. Some of our members live is areas that are now experiencing their 3rd lockdown and warnings of possibly more. Keeping our hands busy, and creating a rhythm with our movement is a great way to relax the mind and calm our thoughts. And I’m not going to lie, the added surprise of a new block each month in our BOM has been fun too!
photo by Cate Dingley
In honor of Earth Day this week (April 22), I wanted to talk about PDF quilt patterns. I think they are so great. For both buyers and sellers. When I design a new quilt pattern, I offer it in PDF form (the buyer downloads as soon as they purchase, then print at home if they want), and in printed form (sourced and printed from a local company, packaged in a clear envelope, shipped, etc).READ MORE