Friday, August 11, 2017

Return to Teaching

Since going to Kansas City I've had a respite, but the pace for the next few weeks starts picking up tomorrow. That's when I begin teaching again.

All day Saturday, August 12 I'll teach Domestic Machine Quilting to quilters from Quilting Guild of The Villages. I haven't been told how many signed up for this workshop, but my max is 20. I'm ready, and excited to teach again!

On August 21 and 22 I'll lead two Domestic Machine Quilting workshops for York County Quilters in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I'm also looking forward to sharing my Domestic Machine Quilting program at their regular monthly guild meeting on the 21st.

Then on September 5 I'll give the same program to Quilting Guild of The Villages, followed by two more workshops on September 6 and October 14. I already know that both of those workshops are maxed out at 20 students. Makes me very happy to know there are that many quilters who want to learn how to quilt their own quilts!

My blogger-friend Elizabeth in California, recently posted information about the upcoming, August 21 solar eclipse, so I thought I would too. This map of the eclipse path is from

This link to www.vox provides information about the path of the eclipse, including how close you are to it, based on your zip code.

Here in Florida, I hadn't thought much about viewing the eclipse. However, I'll be in South Carolina teaching that quilting workshop! Turns out I'll be only 27 miles from the apex of the path of the eclipse! Ideally - if the sky is clear and cloudless - I'd like to step out of the workshop at 2:41 pm Eastern time, to take a look, wearing special glasses of course.

I'm still mending from carpal tunnel syndrome, but last weekend decided to try some rotary cutting. It went pretty well. No pain. I cut out fabrics to make five 10-1/2" unfinished half-square triangle blocks for the QuiltCon charity quilt that five of us are making for the upcoming February 2018 show.

I pieced these blocks on my Featherweight while my Bernina was at the LQS for three weeks, getting it's annual tune-up.

Then I decided to try English paper piecing. With occasional stops to do wrist stretches, it went fairly well until I had a twinge up my left arm. I stopped for the evening, and the next day returned to complete it to this point. This is my Linda Nova project, based on the Tula Nova pattern. I'm using light gray-colored Bottom Line, 60-weight polyester thread for the piecing. It's downright invisible!

These are the makin's of the dozen star shapes that will be the next round. 

I'm glue-basting with Fons & Porter glue stick, and it's working nicely. I do love the neatness of English paper piecing.

Back to the charity quilt... On Wednesday, my friend Karen came over so we could arrange the half-square triangle blocks pieced by four of us. That evening I pieced the quilt top. It's about 70" X 90".

Karen's piecing some of the backing now, using up every bit of the Painter's Palette solids that were donated to us by Paintbrush Studios, a division of Fabri-Quilt in North Kansas City, Missouri. Thank you, Fabri-Quilt!

Now I've emailed Aurifil to ask if that company will donate three colors of 50-weight thread for domestic machine quilting. We hope they contribute too. Our plan is to quilt mostly with a walking foot - three of us will do that - and fill in with just a little FMQ. 

No FMQ has happened around here though. My #summerofFMQ is totally blown now due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Nor have I played the ukulele. I'm just singin' the same old tune (HA!)... my wrist is still swollen, and occasionally tender. I'm hesitant to do anything more than machine sewing and EPP. Maybe that's all I can/should do for a while. Boo! 

For the past month I've been making coffee using a French press rather than the Keurig single-cup machine. Something about it tastes better. Well, part of it is that I've discovered a to-die-for decaf coffee! I brought it back from H.E.B. grocery store in Austin, Texas. The brand is Cafe Olé, and the flavor is "San Antonio." It has a hint of vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. Smooth, and simply divine. I drink it with a splash of Half-and-Half.

After making a press pot of it, I pour the coffee into my new Fiestaware teapot for an easy warm-up later.

All this talk about coffee, mostly on Instagram, opened my eyes to the fact that coffee can be made "cold brewed," meaning that grounds and cold water left to sit for 18-24 hours steeps a milder, less acidic coffee. An Internet search led me to this information by Jamie Oliver and now I'm making cold brew too. I do believe it's gentler on my stomach. Have you tried it?

When I saw Hogan sitting on the window bench while I was sewing, I couldn't resist taking a picture of him. Doesn't he look good?! After being diagnosed with cancer in January 2016 - and the vet was pretty dire about it - we just marvel at how he's doing. He'll be 14 years old in October, and though he's slowing down, is missing an eye (since 2014), and can no longer hear (not even the doorbell), he still has his frisky moments. And that dog loves his green beans! Goodness! We now buy three quarts of fresh green beans at the Farmer's Market every Saturday and keep a back-up stash of frozen green beans, from Sam's Club, so you know that's a big bag! Hogan barks at us to tell us when it's time to feed him... dog food and green beans!

There are worse things he could be eating, so we indulge him. He is a sweetheart after all.

Now I'm off to double-check that I have everything ready to take to teach tomorrow. Did I mention that I'm excited about it?! Linda


  1. Love that quilt in orange and more-orange. It's beautiful!
    I have made cold brew coffee and think it is SO much better. There is a lot of fancy equipment to do this, but I just drain it through a paper coffee filter set inside a strainer.

  2. Love all your work....and folks will be lucky to have a class from you! Sorry your wrists still acting up from time to time. I'm doing good since injection! Woohoo! Hogan is a doll and I'm so glad he's still doing well!!!!

  3. Good luck with your teaching and your wrist holding up. Your charity quilt layout looks great. The BoulderMQG one that I'm designing has a similar color split thing going on. Everyone is making their favorite traditional block so the final layout won't be decided until the blocks are made. A challenge for my approach to design since I usually have it all figured out.

  4. Cool about your teaching gigs! And yes, hubby makes cold brew all summer long!

  5. So glad you are able to use your wrist again--keeping fingers crossed for successful teaching/stitching! I love your charity quilt--so awesome! You really do inspire us all. I'm jealous you'll be near the full eclipse--we only have 60% but it will be fun, anyway!

  6. Your charity quilt is fabulous! That would make a great entry into a Modern Quilt Show and probably take home a prize! Orange is not me, but I could handle that in my house. lol Thanks for the info on the cold press coffee. I may try it. I've almost given up drinking coffee preferring tea, but if it is less acidic and smooth, it's worth a try. I'm so glad that Hogan is doing well. He is a sweetheart.

  7. Even when you're not free motion quilting, you're always up to something interesting and beautiful! Best wishes for speedy healing.

  8. Nice and newsy post, Linda! I started using a French Press this summer, too! What a difference in taste. Thanks for the links. I always wondered what cold pressed meant. Will have to give it a try. Your projects are magnificent! Where there's a will, there's a way! Enjoy your classes and be kind to your wrist!

  9. Linda enjoy your teaching and as always I love your Posts :-)

  10. So glad to hear your wrist is doing somewhat better! Baby steps for sure but progress nevertheless.

    I think Hogan should be indulged too! Sweet boy!


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