Flash back to one year ago when my quilting journey began! I wrote this and never published it! Next time I will share this years HMQS…I have learned so much in a year that it is amazing to me
hmmm….somehow I changed the font and don’t know how to fix it now….I really didn’t mean to have a header in bold and giant!
This is me! I am there! Well, I was there! My first HQMS ever and it was SO fun! I spent all day Wednesday taking classes and how I wished money grew on trees. I could have taken classes Thursday – Saturday and learned so much! I had three classes on Wednesday. My teachers were Linda V. Taylor, Dawn Cavanagh, and Georgia Stull. Linda is so personable and very, very nice. She was funny and helped relieve some of my fears about trying longarm quilting. Dawn gave us some practice sheets which I have diligently been practicing 30 minutes a day with paper and markers or a white board. Georgia is from Heartland Quilt Works in Missouri. Ahh, my growing up state. She gave me lots of great ideas on how to proceed with my dreams!
I got to go to Judi Madisen’s trunk show. She is the owner of Green Fairy Quilts. She is an amazing quilter!!! I got to talk to her very briefly afterwards when I purchased her new quilting book. It is even signed. The Elf Princess just sighs and rolls her eyes at this point, but I am in awe of Judi’s talent so getting to meet her was a big deal to me. Judi was a featured artist at the show and we (my Mom went with me on Thursday) got to ohh and ahh and be amazed together at her work. She said one of the quilts took her 100 hours to quilt. And no that it not a typo – 100 IS the correct number. The patience alone is awe inspiring!
This picture is copied from her blog about HQMS.
There was a quilt that my sister Michele would have loved. She loved rainbow colors and this quilt reminded me of her. Seeing it was like having a little piece of her with me at the show.
On Friday, the best husband on the planet joined me there. And yes, it was MY husband….I didn’t borrow anyone else’s. haha He has been doing longarm quilting machine homework since December and bought me one while we were there! There are NO words to express my excitement! I have been holding back, afraid of the money commitment and my ability to get good enough on it and he has encouraged me and helped me take another step forward in my quilting desires! Thanks honey! I got an 18″ Innova with Pantovision. It is on an 12 foot frame so I can finally quilt our california king quilt top that I did about 1 1/2 years ago.