Been spending a few hours every morning learning WordPress software and adding and sprucing up my website even more. The tweaking never ends and neither does the education. But I am fine with it. I enjoy learning new things and giving my brain some new creative knowledge. The problem is I now have so many ideas racing thru my head I have a hard time focusing. So 3 hours every morning and then I am off to the studio. 3 hours that is it and the computer is put to “sleep”. I keep a college ruled notebook on my desk and jot down every idea. They will keep until I can get to them or find some help. Which may truly be on the docket for 2014.
The files of new workshops to put into the offerings is pretty high. (as are the pattern files) And once Em gets home (tomorrow…fingers crossed with the impending weather that is forecasted) we might dabble with my new brochure making on Sunday. It is one of the things on our “to do” list during her 2 week visit! With Em’s graphic knowledge and artistic eye I can only imagine what she will come up with. I know I mentioned it on facebook but she finally started her own blog/website. You can find it here!
Ok..back on track….
One of the new workshops is called EPP 5 Point Star. I am excited about this workshop as it takes the “Pieced Hexies” idea and applies it to other shapes. I wanted to design a 3 hour workshop so it can fit many situations and yet be new and exciting. So it is just one design pattern (but trust me like the hexies the binder of patterns is quite thick…watch for more shapes/ideas over this year).
I will be debuting this workshop (temporarily renamed EPP Pieced Snowflake to fit the theme) at the Lake Shore Quilting Retreat sponsored by Sew Many Places right here in Chicago! The retreat runs from January 16th -19th and is going to be a winter pajama party blast! This city girl is so excited to share not only this new design idea but “her city” (Native Chicagoan here!) during the prettiest time of the year. Winter. I am hoping for some snowfall either Friday or Saturday night. We can scout out an area in the hotel with big windows and sit and stitch together until the wee hours with the snow falling. Wouldn’t that be magical.
I am bringing all sorts of quilts to share…since this is a driving gig for me the jeep will be loaded up! So come join Pam Holland, Sue Bouchard, Brian Haggard, Jim West and myself for a weekend of quilty fun!
Also Mr. UPS, Mr FedEx and Mr USPS have all been making their way up the stoop with packages the last few weeks. One contained a new antique quilt top. Oh my. String Pieced Blocks from the 40s. Just my style. I plan to make a very bold border for it and finish it. I have made my list of tops to finish by August 1st and it is long. But with a list it will get done.
Til Monday, (taking Saturday & Sunday off to hang with my favorite daughter)