Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bohemian Quilt Progress

So, in the midst of my crazy teaching schedule, I have been making time to finish my newest quilt design, Bohemian.  It will be available as a pattern soon. I will also be teaching how to piece this quilt top in Minnesota at the WOW Guild in October this year.  Looking forward to that.

I am having a lot of fun with the quilting on this quilt.  Seriously, so fun.  But then really - quilting my own things keep me sane, for the most part ;-)

I am loving it so far. I can't wait to share the final reveal with you all! 

So, I will see you in Paducah next week!  Follow me on Instagram if you want to share the adventure with me!  @judiakagreenfairy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MQX 2015

Even though I do not like to fly, it is hard not to appreciate the beauty from up above.

I convinced my sister Amy that she needed to come with me to MQX and I am so glad she came.  She was incredible and the best help to me.  She even force fed me in the mornings, you'll have to ask her about that. ;-)

I was worried about making sure I had time to adjust to the time difference, so we flew in a day before I was supposed to be there for the Ice Cream Social at MQX.  We got a chance to enjoy Boston for a little bit and I thoroughly enjoyed the Boston Tea Party Museum.  I love history! 

I also love being to enjoy the textures and quilting inspirations that can be found everywhere! 

The best part of teaching is being able to quilt!  I love being able to share what I know and have my students try it out and gain confidence in their own quilting. 

I taught 9 classes at MQX - three hands-on and 6 lecture demo.  

I really can't thank you all enough for coming out.  I had the best students and they made me feel so welcome.  Really, thank you!  I am humbled to know that you wanted to take my classes. It's so surreal most of the time to realize where quilting has taken me, but I couldn't have gotten here without the encouragement from all of you.  So again, thank you!

I was able to meet Lisa Calle - she is so amazing, talented and really, really nice.  So lovely to meet her. 

Of course, Helen and Jenny were there and we had the best time together.  I seriously love these girls!  It was fun having dinner as our sister duo.  Let's make it happen again girls at HMQS

This pizza was a welcome sight after a week of salads and granola bars.  It was just what we needed to celebrate the last day of class.  Thanks again Amy, you are the best! 

I want to come back, seriously.  Maybe next year?

In the meantime, I am preparing to leave for Paducah next week. I am sneaking in some quilting too.  Watch for my next post on the progress of my newest design, Bohemian. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Trip To Romania With Donations....

As most of you know, we go to Romania once a year and use your donations to buy food and supplies for street orphans living on the streets of Bucharest.  All airfare and hotel expenses are paid for by Green Fairy Quilts, we always use 100% of your donations in Bucharest for necessary supplies.  Clint decided to take his younger brother with him for our trip in February.  We had the airfare tickets purchased and hotels booked, but as the time approached for Clint to leave, he began having a very uneasy feeling about the trip.  About a week before departure, the US government issued a travel warning for all Americans traveling to Europe, as threats against foreigners seemed to be rising in the area.  Clint prayed for guidance and was so sick to his stomach about leaving, he made the difficult decision to cancel the trip.  However, we were successfully able to transfer your donations to our highly trusted contact in Bucharest, Gica.  Gica and his daughter were able to buy large amounts of food and deliver them to street orphans and families living on the cold streets of Bucharest.  We have many pictures from Gica, and we'd like to share some of them with you below.  We will continue to accept your generous donations and will continue planning on an annual trip to Romania

 Purchasing the food at the Bucharest market.
 Gica and his daugher.

 The food bagged up and ready for delivery!
 Happy children who will be eating a little better for a few days!
 When orphans become teenagers, they are kicked out of orphanages and begin living on the streets together.

 Most live in make-shift homes they've made out of scraps and garbage.  Most are the size of a small bedroom, and they have a stone block wired into the wall to help keep themselves warm.

Others have quilts hanging on the walls from previous trips to help insulate themselves.  We have been able to help more and more people every year thanks to your generous donations.

If you'd like to donate towards our cause, please click the "Donate" button on our charity page.  Thank you everyone!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter spent with the ones you love.  I am grateful for my Savior and #BecauseHeLives I can have hope in this life.