What is better than spending Valentine’s day with a gaggle of quilters?
Spending it in ARIZONA where the weather reaches 80 degrees on Valentine’s day can’t be all that bad either!
My Blue Heaven has been one of my most popular workshops over the past 8 years that I have been traveling and teaching. What’s not to like? The entire quilt comes from 2.5” strips –we’ve got squares, rectangles, flying geese, half square triangles, and hour glass units.
We get to learn the ins and outs of two specialty rulers that I can’t live without – the Easy Angle and the Companion Angle rulers – and by the time day was done these ladies were pros!
I had an interesting experience on the night of my first lecture upon my arrival – the program chair, Kathy who was introducing me asked me a question that I was not quite sure how to answer: “You have been the most popular speaker and teacher I’ve ever seen here --- what makes YOU so popular?”
I wasn’t sure if I should be honored or taken aback. I never really thought about it. It wasn’t ever anything I set out to be or to do –it just isn’t something I ever asked myself. I felt extremely humbled and flustered, but I thought about it a minute, and the only answer I could come up with was “Because it isn’t about ME – it’s about the quilters. I have more stash and scraps than I will ever use up, and I know we are all in the same boat. I just want to be one of the girls, helping them to use what they already have.” And it's true.
Wednesday’s Morning Crowd!
And being one of the girls is the best place to be. I have met some of the most wonderful people while walking the room, talking to each person, watching how they are doing, offering help if I see that some is needed ---and sometimes it’s not easy in a huge gym-sized class room of 26 students to get around to everyone as quickly as they might want me to.
Sometimes I worry that a more “advanced” student may feel a bit neglected while I struggle with a new quilter who needs help with cutting, or help with her seams….that newbie might get a bit more of my attention than someone who comes with their project already half finished, but I do try to connect with each and every person in that class.
And the ladies got SO MUCH DONE!
You will find the free pattern for My Blue Heaven under the Free Patterns Tab at the top of the blog.
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|My Blue Heaven, Tucson AZ 2014|