Time for an update on a few things I think. I feel as though I have been neglecting you all a little as I have been so busy, and life sometimes gets in the way of doing what you really want to. So with no more ado let’s move onward.
Would you like to win $2,000.00
Well – It’s that time of year again when I am asking you all to consider entering the World Quilts competition which is held in the Springfield Massachusetts US. Last year was my first year acting as the UK National Competition Co-ordinator and wow what a year it was.
We sent 21 quilts to the show and a full quarter of them took a place and won ribbons, that’s 5 successes, and in most cases cash prizes. How good is that? and a fantastic surprise for some of them. Their quilts are all featured here.
Quilts sent to the competition are judged at the first show and then they go on a trip to three other destinations. This year they will be going to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Pacific International Quilt Festival and The Quilt Festival of New Jersey before heading back to the UK.
There is over $11,000 in awards and prizes to be won with Best of World receiving $2,000 and Best of Country receiving $400. So its well worth entering this one.
This year there have been changes to the sizes of the quilts that you can enter. It has been noted that there have been a lot more smaller sized quilts in shows and so the size has been adjusted to accommodate this shift. Now the minimum size is 1024 square inches. (l x w = sqi) I know that will suit a lot of you, as last year some were disappointed because their quilts were just a bit too big.
So if you fancy giving it a go this year, here is a link to their site, and if you contact me at [email protected] I will send you the forms and information that you need to be able to enter. Go on, give it a go, what do you have to loose. https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/world-quilt-new-england/
And in other news
Many of you will know that I am in the process of closing one studio and opening another which is much closer to home and a lot more accessible. This was not an easy decision to make but I think it is the right one for me. The move will mean I am free to do more of the things I want to concentrate on, not least my own work, but also creating designs that I can share with those who want them, teaching, creating a youtube library for new design software, and much more. I will be teaching classes and giving more personal one-to-one tuition in the homes of longarm owners. This year is already getting very busy with bookings for all of them. I will also be teaching at several events for Pinhole Quilting this year including their Longarm Quilting Academy, and Festival of Quilts where you will be able to take two classes from me. Keep an eye out for details of that.
Over the next couple of weeks all the hard work starts with taking down the two longarms, and putting them up again in their new home, and then transporting and sorting all the contents of the studio. No easy task there let me tell you. How can one woman gather so much stuff, I mean, really!!?? I think lots of you will know what I am talking about. I have a theory that we were all squirrels in a past life lol.
You will also know that I have recently become an Ambassador for Barnyarns.co.uk and we have so many exciting things planned for the future so stay tuned to find out more about that.
Lastly today, as I write this with the latest storm lashing outside and one slate on the roof already slipped, I hope you all stay safe and dry and l promise there will be lots more from me in the future.
May your bobbins always be full and your rippers redundant.