When the world began to change, I quickly realized I was going to have to adapt or go home. So adapt I did, kicking and screaming. Now that we’re 7 months into this I am accepting that our current norm may stick around for a long while. This week’s casualty was the in-person Road to California show which on Wed announced it will be entirely virtual as opposed the the hybrid they had proposed. Sigh. Do you not looooong for a real quilt show?
This week I have come to a deeper realization that there are some positive outcomes from this whole virtual thing. I decided to make a list:
Good Points About Virtual Lectures and Classes:
- I can afford to take classes from the best teachers and artists around the globe!
- I can eat onions before a lecture or workshop.
- My quilts are clean, lying prone, in pristine condition, on the bed in the guest room.
- I don’t have to load all of my products, quilts and tech gear into my car or pack in a suitcase.
- There is that awesome “touch up my appearance” button on Zoom!
- I can teach a workshop for a New York based platform (RaNae Merrill’s https://liveonlinequiltclass.com/) and reach students from all over the US in one class.
- I can turn around and speak for a Washington state guild the next day!
- I gain lots of time: all that commute time is gone. No airplanes, cars or hotels.
- My students are comfy in their own home.
- Both my students and I have access to our entire stash and notion bin during class.
- Both my students and I also get to easily see the work of others in the class.
- I actually think that I reach some students easier via Zoom than in class. Many students are flummoxed by the classroom situation and much more comfortable using a screen from home.
As a student or teacher, can you add to this list? Do let me know.
This week has been busy so far with the last 3 hours of my Fearless Fills and Frills class over at liveonlinequiltclass.com followed by an early afternoon lecture for the Gig Harbor Quilt Guild in Washington state. I could feel the love between members in the meeting, what a fun guild! I’m warming up to this.
Just before class, for grins, I took a selfie. I took one shot and it worked for once. I rarely have a reason to dress up a bit these days and it felt good to put on a necklace! That necklace was purchased at a SAQA Conference, I’m thinking it was in Alexandria, VA? It was made by Judith Content, the master of Arashi Shibori and hand-painted jewelry. I had to dig into the bottom of my purse to locate some, gasp, lip gloss. I cleaned up a bit:
I am in love with pairing that necklace with a v-neck – it works well together! I had a fun time with the Gig Harbor Quilters and it was fun to “dress up”.
I did pull out my forlorn trapunto quilt (wrote about it here, here, here, here and here poor thing) to begin to work on it…..again. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to finish this quilt. It will be a long time coming I’m sure. I’m at a cross-road now, not sure which way to head. I can work on the trapunto while I get my act together.
And in the Biggest News of all, I’M GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER, FINALLY!!! Baby is due in late Dec/early January and Mom and baby are doing well. It’s my oldest son’s first child and my/our first grandbaby. My DIL assures me that Baby has a mask on in utero. We are so excited! I will soon be blathering about my grandbaby and finally, I get to join the ranks of grandparents. I hear there is nothing like it and I can’t wait to experience it myself. I haven’t begun to sew for baby yet and I need to get on that! Whooop!
I’ll link up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday as usual. And really, there are so many good links there every week – take a peek!