Sunday, May 20, 2018

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

So has anyone ever told you to wash your face?  Maybe when I was little. My mom would say wash you face and hands before dinner.  Of course I never did.  I only pretended.
I just finished a book entitled Girl, Wash Your Face.  By Rachel Hollis.  I listened to it on audio. Most of yesterday and today. I couldn't put it down.  Instead of me trying to explain what its about I copied and pasted below right from the website.  Every women struggling or not struggling with their identity should read this book.  Her life journey will make you laugh and make you cry. And most of all it makes you believe that you can be anyone you want to be or do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it.

I know you think this has nothing to do with quilting.  And maybe it doesn't but, for me it does.  I went through some pretty tough times where I let my surroundings control who I was.  I didn't do any quilting for months, probably more like over a year.  I pretty much sat on the couch and felt sorry for myself, anxious, and scared.  For months I did nothing.  I read a lot of self help books and devotionals. I would attend Naranon and Family Anonymous.  I prayed a lot.  God always listened.  The self help books and devotionals helped for the moment but, not in the long run.  What I love about Rachels story is her faith. I could have easily lost my daughter and lost my soul at the sametime. I might never sat at my sewing machine again. But, she explained so many losses she had through her life and because of her faith and attitude she got through them. My faith gets me through everything.  And because of God's love for ME I'm back to quilting and teaching and loving life.
The whole book is not about faith but, it plays a role in her life.

If you need a little pick me up.  If you are struggling with something in your life.  Or even if you aren't, this book will put you on a pedastal that you didn't even know was there for you.  If you let it.
I usually don't write about my personal life issues in my blog but, after listening to this book it really got me thinking. And I just had to share. On a side note my daughter will be 2 years clean in June.  Her son, Brayden will be 8 months old June 11.  She is the best mom on this planet!! We are sooo blessed!!

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.Founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son's request that she buy a necklace to "be like the other moms," Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Quilt Expo 2018

Quilt Expo 2018 

If you haven’t been to Quilt Expo in Madison yet you really need to go.  I haven’t missed a show since it’s beginning 14 years ago.  My first couple years I was in awe with meeting the teachers and taking classes and lectures.  I would say to myself some day I’m going to teach here.  Well    I did start teaching at Quilt Expo and I haven’t missed a year since. They graciously  accept my proposals now every year.  Some years I lecture everyday. Some like last year I lectured once. Many years I entered quilts in the show.  And seeing your quilt in a show is so amazing. 
Last year was a big year for Expo.  Ricky Tim’s came to Wisconsin to share his art. 
Ricky is know for Caveman Quilting. Convergence quilts, Kaleidoscope quilts among a few.  But most importantly Alex Anderson and he are hosts to “The Quilt Show”. An amazing online quilt community with his fantastic show.  It’s not just the shows on the website but you can have access to everything quilting.  It’s. A huge family with one thing in common.  QUILTING. For me I love looking at the albums of quilts made by people all over the world.  Yes it’s  international !!  It’s where I go when my creativity goes south.  Hours and hours of international and national teachers sharing their techniques with Alex, Ricky and the audience in over 250 hour long shows.  Check it out.

Getting back to Quilt Expo.  I have been asked again this year to teach and lecture.  This year I will be teaching Ricky Tim’s Convergence Quilts.  Thank you to Ricky for allowing me to teach his technique.  A fun way to take 4 fabrics, cut them up in a way to converge them into a beautiful quilt. 
Friday morning I will be teaching my Thread Sketching and Bead Embellishment lecture.  One of my favorite.  With a trunk show of quilts. 
They have free stage presentations. 126 lectures that  are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.   Sit down classes and hands on workshops.  You can sew for charity too.  And “sew” much more. Watch for the 2018 schedule to come out soon!  

It feels so good to get back into teaching and lecturing.  I took a few years off of lecturing to guilds and teaching at shops.  Well. I’m back... for good!  Quilting is my passion.  Not much can get in the way of me and my quilting.  

I’m available to lecture or teach at your guilds or shops.  I love sharing my passion with other quilters.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Anything Goes

I wanted to share with you a challenge Threadbenders had last year.  It was called Anything Goes and it truly was an anything goes challenge.  Starting with a bag of scraps or larger pieces of fabric you will pick a bag and start a quilt with that fabric.  Every month we bring the bag back with the project that we started.  It would get put into the middle of the room and we would pick another bag.  It was one of the most fun challenges I have ever done.
But, what happens at the end you ask?  The original person gets their quilt back and needs to finish it.  Because hopefully we will be displaying these challenge quilts at a quilt show or shop.  I was so distraught.  My quilt came back with beautiful work on it.  But, it just wasn't my style.  So I put it aside and really didn't think much of it.. I figured why would I finish it I probably won't hang it anywhere.  Well, we had a place to hang them.  Sew Much More.  Unfortunately I didn't have the time to get mine finished.  But, I brought it out and put it on my design wall and looked at it often.
Finally a thought came to my mind.  It's a anything goes challenge so I could still change it if I wanted to.  So I did.  I'm a Laurel Burch lover!!  Thats an understatement!!  So I decided to cut out the inside and put a part of a Laurel Burch panel of some horses in the middle.  Then I liked it.  I got it on the long arm and whipped up some quilting and finished it.  I'm still thinking of adding some bling.
It just goes to show that you might not like how something turned out.  So change it!!  This was fun and a learning experience for me.
You can see all of the quilts here...