What a week – this will be a short post! I’ve been working all week doing videos, creating new handouts, messing with tech, buying more stuff to teach online with. All this for me is brand new. I needed to repackage and rethink everything to make teaching a success online.
I only have paid tech help in my world so this has been a wild journey. Every time I think I’m ready, I’ll round a hairpin turn to discover another issue I need to figure out. Some of this has been fun, exploring and reasoning my way through. The wonderful part has been the generous response of other quilt teachers like me, willing to share their newfound knowledge. Quilters ARE the best!
Now I have tangible reasons to get excited about online teaching! My virtual Trunk Show is fabulous with lots of detail shots of my work. And much of it has been scanned with a high quality art scanner – the details are amazing!
Teaching online is an entirely different beast. I had to figure out how to show exactly what I’m doing, how to help students show their work, how to create a sense of community in the virtual classroom. Well I have ideas for all of that and it will be tested beginning today with my first virtual lecture and Friday with my first online live class. Yippee!
I did quilt up some new samples:
In the midst of all that work, it was fun to wake up and realize that my To Do List for the day was to quilt my samples.
So I’m ready for the Block Party Quilters Club of Sammamish, WA:
I can’t decide whether I want to change my background. In the background there is a fabulous ice dye from Susan Purney Mark. I have a tension rod holding it in between the sides of my bookcase.
Whatever I hang there has to be right at 40″. I imagine as I teach more online I will up my game. And oh, by the way, there is a “tidy up my appearance” button in Zoom and it is deployed in this photo. I wish it could follow me in real life.
I feel like I’m going out on the field for the first time of the season, and I kinda am. With self-cut hair and disgraceful nails – oh how COVID-chic! This is the start of a new chapter, let’s roll!
I noticed this on the back of my door as I left my studio:
So many lanyards from so many shows and events, so many good memories. Is this the relic of a bygone era?
P. S. – I promise I’ll have lots more to write about next week. In the meantime I’m linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.