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.
Hey woman! you better let me know if you're ever in sl,ut! I'd show you a good time!
What a wonderful trip for you! It must have been overwhelming at times, but in a very good and happy way. These memories will be with you forever and will always warm your heart.
What a great time! Thanks for letting me share it...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one day you head this way!
You certainly joined the right community and WE are all better for it too.
Sounds like it was a blast, thanks for sharing the sneakpeeks.
What a fabulous weekend. One you'll never forget, I'm sure. Thank you for this wonderful post and sharing your experiences.
What a fabulous experience and trip!
Oh my, what a special weekend! That dinner is the stuff of magazines, but better because it's in real life! And you're right, the community of quilters is an awesome thing.
what a wonderful dinner jacquie! what a fun weekend! you have constantly been such an inspiration to me that it is so fun to see such good things coming to your life! karma...it is a good thing!
Thanks for sharing your amazing experience. That dinner.....wow!!!!!!!
Wow! Incredible. You deserve all those great details, care and love put into everything by your friends, and they deserve a friend like you who notices and treasures every aspect. It makes me so proud and warms my heart to know such a community of givers is out there!
What a special weekend and a special way to honor you and your talents!
Fabulous weekend! That dinner party was amazingly well thought out...
Quilt themed menu? Do tell! Love your blog! Nyla-Jean, Kingston, ON
Wonderful story - I love how your feelings went right along with your detailed descriptions. Yes - quilters are a wonderful bunch! Also love your book. I'm old but trying to enter the modern quilting world. I really enjoy the challenge!
That was an amazing weekend! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Wow! What an amazing weekend. The dinner organizers really went above and beyond the usual. Their creativity is clearly not limited to actual quilts. Sounds like a great time was had by all :)
The "Community" is so lucky to have you! Quilters are truly unique breed!!
Wow, that made me sniffle, what a thoughtful dinner party, and what a great weekend!
Aw. This makes my heart grow. :) Imagine showing up to a dinner where your quilted place-mat turns into a pillow cover! Ah the details are too sweet! I love quilting people. I'm glad you had such a lovely time!
See what I mean by "famous"! :)
Sure would love to have you come to Boise!
What a wonderful amazing experience: polenta half square triangles with free pieced chicken! Gotta love it!
Thank you, Jacquie! For being such an amazing artist, an even more amazing person! We had so much fun making a fuss over you! I hope we can do it again!
You describe the evening perfectly with the word magical. I too was just amazed, awed and completely thrilled to attend. It has been a long time since I have been so filled by the presence of such dynamic and talented women. It was a gift.
This is such a wonderful blogpost, Jacquie! It even touched my heart to hear about your fabulous weekend in Colorado! All the people there must have had a great time with you! I wish I could have been there to celebrate you too~!!
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