Spring forward!

I love spring.  I just love to go for rides (even to the dump) with my husband to look at the color green. That’s a color I haven’t seen much of for quite a while.  Even  though the tops of the mountains are still white, much of the field grass is green and the trees are finally starting to bud out, just today.  I knew it would happen, but with new friends coming up here for retreats this July, I was getting a little nervous that we might have eternal winter.  It’s still supposed to be below freezing all next week, so I’ll wait to plant my few little seeds until the first week of June.

Next week is the infamous Home Machine Quilting Show in Sandy, UT, and I’ll be there with bells on my toes.  I’m so glad to have a show I can drive to instead of fly.  Of course, that means I can pack the whole house and put it in the truck! I’m not limited to 50lbs per bag and I didn’t have to send several boxes to the show.  Now my husband’s worried we won’t be able to fit everything in the truck.  I think it’s kind of like a dishwasher, I can always squeeze a little more into a small space.  I hope to see some of you at the show, please say hi to me.  It sounds weird, but sometimes I know people recognize me from whatever, but they are afraid to say hi.  STOP! How can we be friends if you don’t introduce yourself?  I’m not ever too busy to meet another friend, are you?

My mind has just been a whirlwind of ideas for Linda’s Longarm Retreats in July.  Everyday, I get another new idea to make everyone feel welcome and at home.  And I have all kinds of new samplers and quilting ideas to teach this year.  Some of the students say they can hardly sleep – well, join the crowd.  That’s exactly how I feel.  Some of you have asked me if I am going to have retreats every year and the answer is a definite “yes.”  I may even have more than one time during the year, although I have to beware of the weather around here.

There are still 2 openings in the beginner week, from July 8-10.  Don’t be afraid beginners or maybe you are just trying to decide if you want to jump in and become a longarm quilter.  This class is for you.  I am going to pretend you know NOTHING and start from there.  Is that a deal?

The intermediate week from July 15-17 also has some openings. I think students have been afraid of this week, but you don’t need to feel that way.  We are quilting some spectacular projects and you will go home with beautiful wall hangings for your home and a head full of new ideas and techniques.  I have had confident beginners take this week and they are amazed at what they can do.

The last two weeks of the retreats are full, and I am so anxious to meet everyone and share this beautiful area of the country with them.

If you live in the eastern part of the country and cannot attend any of my retreats this year – good news. In June, I will be teaching in Ohio, at my good friends shop, Martha Creasy, at Touch of Thread.  The full day classes are filling up fast so if you want to attend any of those classes, call Martha right away.  If you need more information you can also contact me, now that I have come out of hibernation.

Let’s all SPRING forward and upward!




  1. I have to agree with you Spring and green finally. It snowed last night hopefully the last one, but should make the grass a lot greener (LOL) It was great to get out last Saturday and travel up to Glendo to meet up with hubby and bringa spare tire (hubby blew a tire on fifth wheel). Everything is green and the baby calves and antelope are dancing on the prairie. Jackson Hole is beautiful place. I miss Lander and all the surrounding towns around it. Happy Quilting….

  2. Linda,
    We just wanted to tell Rick how much the maintenance class helped us that we took with him at HMQS. I was dreading a 4 hour class of machine maintenance but we knew it was something we needed. Boy, it was a fun class and we learned a lot! We have had our Statler for 2 years and we came home and put to use what we learned and she just purrs like a kitten again and the stitches are awesome!! So a shout out to Rick, thank you from Riverton WY!!!

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