Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Quilting Bee! Here I come!

Please join me at the Quilting Bee in Ontario, Canada.  This is going to be a blast and I look forward to seeing you all there!  It's only 4 weeks away, call to reserve your spot!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

May

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Photo courtesy Amber Wallis, Carly Grace Photography
 It has almost been a month since I posted last.  It has been an incredibly busy May and I figured I would cover all the highlights from this month in one post. Sorry if you feel I have abandoned you readers - I think about you often. ;-)

First things first, my Micah turned 8 years old this month.  It was a pretty special birthday too because he was baptized on the same day. We are pretty proud of our little guy.  He has a tender heart and and cried tears of joy when he was baptized, it was so sweet. It was a really special day for us.
 
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We had a lot of family in town for the baptism so we had a barbecue and pool party to celebrate.  Micah figured it was the best birthday ever.  I think so too!  One I won't soon forget.

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This month's rain was welcome since we are in a drought, so that means the clouds put on quite a show.  If you follow me on Instagram (@judiakagreenfairy) you will see how much I appreciate clouds. ;-)

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May also meant that I would be teaching at HMQS in Salt Lake City.  This is a shot of the incredible Rocky Mountains as I was driving to the venue one morning (don't worry I clicked the camera button from memory).  I am so grateful to all of you who came to my classes, I met so many wonderful quilters there.
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I also turned 34 during the show.  I was feeling a little down and out before my first class because I really wanted to be with Clint and the kids. My April schedule was pretty busy, which made me feel extra homesick. So, when my students started singing Happy Birthday to me before my the start of my first quilting class, I started to cry.  I realized that I am so blessed and even though I wasn't with family, I was with people who care about me and share a love of quilting with me. I can't thank you enough for making me feel so special.  Really, thank you so much.
  Also, thank you to my mom and my sisters for making me feel special too. You are the best.

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I was lucky enough to hang out with the Sew Kind of Wonderful girls at the show.  I love you ladies!

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I made it home in time for Mother's Day.  Clint and the kids spoiled me.  These beautiful Gerber daisies were just what I needed to make me smile.

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Breakfast.  My cute daughter made this waffle for me.  She is a sweetheart.

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Clint and I wanted to take our kids to the Payson Temple Open House.  It is a beautiful temple and I am so glad we made time to go.  This picture of the kids capture their personalities perfectly.  Noah is being difficult, Jonah can't see (the sun is too bright), Micah is the charmer and Lili can't see and struggled to smile for the camera.  I am so grateful for each one of these little people. They make life fun, crazy, interesting and frustrating all at the same time.  I am so glad we get to journey through this life together.

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I have been making progress on my Bohemian quilt.  I hope to finish it soon and have patterns out by sometime this summer.  The quilting is turning out to be quite fabulous and I cannot wait to finish it and share it with you.

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I traveled to Amarillo, Texas last week to teach at the Quilt Finishers of Amarillo Guild. The day was so beautiful when I arrived, I could see for miles because the skies were endless.  It was so incredible.
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Here's an example of the quilting I shared with the ladies in my classes. These were cut up and given away to some of the lucky ladies in class.  

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It was a wonderful group of ladies and I can't thank you enough for inviting me to come.  Also, thank you Janet for arranging everything and to Angie and Dan for making me feel so welcome and helping with the camera and quilting machine. I had a wonderful time in Texas.

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I am looking forward to a break from traveling for the next several weeks.  I am happy to say that I have started running again and thankfully the morning sunrise makes it worth the pain.  ;-)

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I have a lot to accomplish this summer, deadlines to meet - but the best part is doing what I love.  Designing, piecing and quilting - what could be better than that for a profession?

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Also, we plan on having a fabulous summer with these kiddos.  School is out and they are growing up way too fast.

Until next time. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Paducah Story

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When I headed out Monday morning to Paducah for QuiltWeek, I was able to catch an amazing shot of my beautiful hometown Saint George, Utah.  If you haven't been here to visit - you should.  It is so gorgeous.

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The first time I have ever eaten in a restaurant alone happened on Monday night.  I think my text to Clint went something like this:  I don't like eating alone, this is lame. 
The food however, made up for the sadness I felt.  So yummy!

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On Tuesday I headed over to the convention center and the bubble - I found a poster of me in the iQuilt booth.  You can see a sneak peak of the project you will learn from my online class that will be available soon.  All the info will be available at iQuilt.com

I participated in the All Star Review on Tuesday afternoon and had a great time.  After that I met up with Elaine and Richard from AQS and went to the award ceremony for the quilts. I almost convinced myself not to go to the ceremony, but I am so glad I went. 

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Um ya - Coastal Lily won first place in the Bed Quilts Longarm machine quilted category.  Thelma tells the story better than I ever could on her blog, you can read that here.

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Best part of winning was actually meeting Thelma for the first time as well as Linda Hrcka from The Quilted Pineapple.  It was probably the most animated group of ladies at the awards ceremony.  It was an epic moment that will be remembered for a very long time.

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Coastal Lily with the Dogwood Ribbon.  It still feels so surreal.

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Thelma and I got up super early for a live local tv news shot.  It was so fun being able to talk about our quilt together.

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I mentioned our win on my Facebook account and for me, this post went viral.  Seriously over 30,000 people saw the post.  I cannot thank you all for the love on this post and for your constant support you have given me.  So much fun!

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So, I had one student - Lynn - who had the longarm needle run through her finger.  She was stuck to the longarm, they brought a stretcher and all. The funny thing was, they didn't have anti-bacterial ointment or a bandaid, but Vicky the Handi Quilter rep did. Anyway, I felt so bad, but she was a good sport about the whole thing.  The dangers of using a longarm!  I am crossing my fingers that I never experience this.

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I met so many amazing quilters, but it was a total honor and shock to have Carol Selepec in one of my classes.  She is a Paducah winner and gorgeous quilter.  I feel completely honored that she took my class.

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Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were 13 hour days for me.  It was tough and though I am not a soda or caffeine drinker all the time - I did need some Dr. Pepper to help me stay awake.  I walked into my room Friday morning and saw this Dr. Pepper waiting for me.  When you teach for AQS, they take care of you and that Terry Guill is pretty awesome.  The nicest man you have ever met.

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Kimberly and I shared a room for two nights and had the best time laughing our heads off.  It was so fun just talking to her.  It was also my first time meeting her in person, but we have talked a lot on the phone - so I feel like I already have known her forever.  She's a dear friend.

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If you haven't been to Paducah before, you should go.  I have never seen so many quilters in one spot. It was amazing.  You never quite know what a quilt show can be like until you have been to Paducah.

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On Saturday I had a book signing in the bubble.  I was just so happy to be finished with my crazy week.  I had so much fun teaching, but it can be exhausting and it was nice being able to relax and talk to people without having to worry about things that I do while I am teaching.

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Clint bought me a one way ticket home Saturday night so that I could get home sooner.  I am so glad he did.  I do wish I would have had time to really enjoy Kentucky, but this picture really describes the beauty there.  So green, blue and white.  The perfect backdrop to a wonderful place.

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I flew through Chicago and the skies were dark and dreary, but when we got up above the rain clouds we were greeted with the most amazing cloudscape.  I really don't know why I have struggled so long with flying, but I am starting to appreciate it so much more.  Being up close and personal to God's creations makes me all the more grateful for this beautiful earth.

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The best part about coming home was being greeted by these little people.  I am so grateful for my family.  Of course they were excited about watching my luggage come out, clearly it is very exciting.

Anyway, I am so thrilled to be home for this week.  I am taking it easy and enjoying my time with family.  My mom is coming in for Micah's baptism this weekend.  I will be sure to share that with you.

Also, I will be heading out again next week and will be teaching at HMQS - hope to see you there!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bohemian Quilt Progress

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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.

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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 ;-)

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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