Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spokane

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So, this year has been crazy - so crazy that I haven't kept up with this blog.  Not a new story, but I am sorry I have neglected you all out here in blogville.  The above picture tells the story of my life for the past several months, this was the last quilt I finished for my next book, Secondary Quilting with Judi Madsen, which - hopefully will be out this fall. I will keep you updated on the exact date and pre-purchase opportunities, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the sneak peek of Star X-ing, one of my favorite projects from my book.

I finished my book and submitted it to AQS with only days to spare before I left for the INMQ guild in Spokane, Washington where I taught 5 longarm classes and was treated like a queen for 2 and a half days.  The ladies there treated me to sites around Spokane and the best dinners I have had in a long time.  We went to The White House in Post Falls, Idaho where I ate Greek food for the first time - it was fabulous.  We also went to a lot of other restaurants that were excellent.  Thank you Anita, Beth, Susan and the other ladies whose names have escaped me - I am so sorry.

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We walked around Downtown Spokane and this old mill was so fabulous - I had to take a picture of this alley way. 

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The clock tower and Spokane River were a hit.
 
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My trunk show was so fun!  I am always so grateful to each quilt guild that takes me in and treats me so well. We had some good laughs and I loved being able to share Bohemian and all of my other designs with them.
 
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Typically during my teaching on the last day, I get a little slap happy and ditsy and the Triple PPP's in this quilting drawing is an example of my craziness.  I really hope the ladies had a good time and here's a shout out to all of you from the INMQ guild who get this fun little joke.
 
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I had a wonderful time, so grateful for the opportunities I get to teach and even though it is hard for me to leave my family - they are really supportive of me and encourage me to do my best. Plus, seeing the sunrise from a plane - that is pretty awesome. 

Okay - so I figured I would do a little catching up on the blog with a few posts instead of a super long post - so stay tuned for all the catching up I am going to be doing in the next few days or weeks.  



4 comments:

Dorothy Johns said...

I have always been dreaming of seeing such beautiful sunset or sunrise.. You are lucky enough to observe it. My flights have been always late in the evening, so that I could not see anything beautiful!
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Diane Russell said...

I love reading your blog and seeing your quilts. I sure do hope that your new book will be about the quilting of the flimsy instead of the fabric pattern of the quilt. While I have a different style of quilts, not flowery as yours, I sure do love looking at how you quilt the designs on them. Can't wait for your next book.

Susan S said...

We loved having you in Spokane, Judi! This week I'm finishing up my first Judi Madsen-style quilt and having a ball. Being highly cost- effective (not to say cheap!) I've never purchased an actual long arm ruler, I've always just used the add-a-quarter ones. So your A1 ruler arrived just in time for the last couple of Swoon blocks. Worth every penny :)

Laura Tucker said...

I love to visit Spokane. The White House is a special treat. Glad you were treated so swell in the Pacific Northwest. When doesn't one quilter get special treatment from another quilter?