Sorry to have disappeared for a bit, but I've been on the road, teaching and taking care of family things. I wanted to drop in a share a bit about what I've been up to. My trip to Colorado was simply magical. The whole weekend was about quilts and quilters...two of my very favorite things. The trip started out with a visit to the Fancy Tiger in Denver. What a store...beautiful, inspirational and the most fabulous teaching space I've ever seen. It's a must visit if you're in the Denver area.
Tara, chef, quilter and innkeeper at at bed and breakfast in Fort Collins, and Angela, owner of Mama Said Sew, another amazing fabric store, put on a quilt themed dinner to honor me and celebrate the book, "Quilting Modern." These women went above and beyond with personal touches and created an extraordinary celebration of the quilting community.
If that wasn't enough I spent Sunday and Monday taping "The Quilt Show" in Boulder. Another experience that I never imagined I would have. Not only did I get to work with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, Jean Wells was taping as well and I had the opportunity to have lunch with her. Lunch with an idol is a pretty cool thing. Shelly, the producer, Lilo, Adele....all amazing women (and the great crew) made my experience a positive one.
I wouldn't have had this weekend without my friend Penny. You may all know her by her blog, Sewtakeahike. Penny and I have been online friends for years and Penny was the spark that ignited this whole experience. She connected me with Jaime, Amber, Angela, and Tara and helped make this all happen. Not only did she make the connections, she graciously invited me to stay with her and she was my chauffeur for the weekend. It was the first time we'd met in person and I have to say I'm so happy we did. I think we cemented our friendship in a way that you can't do online. Penny and I had so much in common it was sort of scary...coffee, collecting Danish modern enamelware...we even have the same galvanized trash cans and now we have matching slippers courtesy of Penny's amazing skill at paper piecing and her creative mind!
I had another blind date in Colorado. Jenny, another online friend, came to the event at the Fancy Tiger in Denver and when she found out I was going to be in Boulder, suggested that I give her a call. I did, and like Penny, she made me feel welcome in Boulder and we shared a dinner where we talked quilts and got to know each other better.
The weekend reinforced for me that I joined the right community. The community of quilters is the place to be and I'm damn proud to be a part of it.