Where does the time go? Anyone else noticing that time goes faster now than ever? It has seemed like a whirlwind since I returned from New Zealand and Australia. The students in New Zealand were as amazing as the Aussies – so enthusiastic and appreciative. My class on the domestic machines went like a dream for me. I rarely see students so focused on their work. I had sent my file for the stitched out fans to one of the longarm students who had a computerized machine in NZ and she had stitched out all the stabilized samplers for the students. That made it a lot easier for them to completely focus on the designs. Really, I was amazed at how well they did and nearly all of them finished their samplers in class. I loved meeting each and everyone of them. The next day, the longarm students were just as enthusiast. It was a demo class so they did a lot of drawing and hopefully went home to practice their new library of designs. It was fun because we were free to talk about what mattered most to them. I think we covered a lot of ground. It was almost like one of the retreats that I hold here in Star Valley, WY.
Yes, I was introduced to new foods. My most favorite was Melissa’s cheese macaroni with ham, and the CRONUTS. Cronuts are a combination of crescents and donuts – deep fried and flavored. I loved the carmel and Rick’s favorite was the strawberry-rhubarb. Yum, yum. I’m still working on working those 3 cronuts off, I’m just saying….
Well, another great year at Houston. The classes and students were awesome. Everyone comes with such a desire to learn about longarm quilting. There were many beginners, just so cute, they don’t have a clue how good they are already. They have such an advantage to learn so fast from the best teachers in the world. Some students come to advance their skills and they are so so good. I can just see it in their eyes when they learn a new skill and realize how valuable it will be in their everyday quilting.
I am preparing now for a mini retreat next week, here in Star Valley for three days. The students are all from this area and surrounding states, so no worries about the wonderful cold arctic weather we have had the past 2 days.
Thank you to everyone who took any of my classes in Sydney, Adelaide, Auckland and Houston. The fact is, if you weren’t there, I wouldn’t have been there. I love quilting, but I love teaching and being with students even more!