There is a lot of preparation that goes into teaching so sometimes I don’t get to quilt for a long time. In a perfect world somehow there would be a balance between teaching and quilting. I know that I would not want to be a full-time studio artist-I would miss teaching terribly.
April has been a very full month and it’s only the 16th! Check out my calendar-there’s a lot of blue on there. I am thrilled to be teaching so much but just wish I had planned for a little more time to create.
I presented at the Northern California Quilting Council’s Meet the Teacher event on Wednesday. NCQC provides a fabulous opportunity for guilds, shops and others to meet with potential teachers. Each of 30 teachers gets 3 minutes (and no more!) to tell the audience of 150+ why they should hire them. How cool is that-a win-win for everyone.
As you can imagine there is a lot of prep that goes into that event. I prepared 100 brochures with pricing, class offerings and business cards-think that’s enough? I’ll use the extras when I go to southern California next week for a similar event.
And of course I had to take a few quilts along-both class samples and personal work.
What’s really tricky this time is that I leave in the wee hours the next morning for a 4-day trip to teach 2 workshops at the Bearly Square Quilting shop in Havre, Montana. Havre is almost on the Canadian border. I’ve never been to Montana before so this will be a treat.
I’ll take 2 separate flights on a small 80-seater plane into Great Falls, Montana. This will not be my favorite part of the trip! Then there is a 2 1/2 hour drive to Havre-I should see a lot of Montana that way so I’m excited about that. Havre itself is in the plains, so I wonder if it will remind me of my hometown in north central Illinois.
I haven’t had time to actually quilt/sew but my mind is running. I took my sample and bound a small portion so that I can play with the concept of having separate parts of the quilt held together by sheer portions. I’ve been itching to get back to using sheers.
In this case I will have to dye or paint the silk organza to get the look I want. I’m glad I took Judy Coates Perez‘s class last month! Judy gave me all kinds of surface design tools to work with in our 2-day class that I wrote about here. I am more likely to end up painting it since that seems easier than dyeing.
I don’t know why I am so afraid to dye/paint/stamp my work. Now I know how my students feel: it’s really not a hard thing but your mind can create an artificial barrier. It’s time to break through this one and dive in!