Motivational Difficulties

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things here, with very little success. Ever since I got off the plane on Tuesday morning, I’ve been trying to “get it together” and “get back to normal” and I can’t figure out why I’m not getting there. I just don’t feel like doing anything. Except reading. That’s about it, truly; I just feel like reading books. Which makes me feel like a total slacker…

Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent the last year and a half or two years being horribly busy all.the.time., with never enough time to do all the stuff that had to be done, much less all the stuff I wanted to do. So even though I now have some breathing room, I can’t for the life of me figure out what to do with it.

Maybe it’s because I know that there are still so many things I need to be doing right now that I just can’t even figure out which one I should start on. And that’s not taking Christmas or the impending house move into account either. Continue reading

The Business End of Quilt Market

The rest of Quilt Market and Festival was about the same as the first parts: crazy busy! A few of the goings on:

More book signings and demos at the AQS booth and also at Petersen-Arne (a large quilting supplies distributor). Again, lots of excited quilt shop owners and managers took home free copies of Inchie Quilts, and placed orders for the book and the InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set, so don’t be surprised if you see Inchie Quilts at a local quilt shop near you very soon!

I chatted with Doug Kreinik of Kreinik Manufacturing Co. about creating some custom sampler packages of beautiful metallic textured threads for embellishment purposes. I use Kreinik threads and cords when I embellish Inchies (search for Kreinik at InchieQuilts.com to see Inchies embellished with Kreinik threads). It would be great to have some packages with a variety of different weights or textures in coordinating colors on hand for Inchies. I’ll be working with Kreinik on these sampler packages this winter, so watch for these coming soon to the DWQ Studio. Continue reading

Quilt Market Report: Book Signings and Dinner with Moda

After I managed to get through the Schoolhouse presentation and the vidcasting on Friday, Saturday was a bit easier. :) On Saturday morning, I was scheduled for a demo and book signing at the AQS booth, and AQS very generously provided many copies of Inchie Quilts for me to sign and give away to shop owners attending Quilt Market. I visited with a number of excited shop owners and managers and introduced them to Inchie Quilts, so you can look forward to seeing Inchie Quilts and the InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set at a shop near you!

Book signings Quilt Market 2009

E.E. Schenck Company ticket Quilt MarketAQS had scheduled me for another lovely book signing and demo at the E.E. Schenck booth (E.E. Schenck is a large quilting supplies distributor) later in the day on Saturday, where I met another whole group of nice quilt shop owners and managers. The E.E. Schenck Company was a wonderful host, and even made these cool “tickets” for my presentation (photo at right)! What fun! Again, AQS generously provided numerous copies of Inchie Quilts to be signed and given away to Quilt Market attendees. Continue reading

Vidcasting with Bonnie McCaffery

Picking up where I left off in the last post, remember that on Friday morning, the first day of Quilt Market, I was feeling tired, jet lagged and nervous heading into the Inchie Quilts Schoolhouse presentation. On the way over to the convention center before my presentation, I ran into Bonnie McCaffery. I met Bonnie in 1998 in Innsbruck, Austria at the Quilt Expo. Bonnie was the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship winner that year, and I was a volunteer with the Education Department at the Expo.

I wouldn’t say we’ve kept in touch over the years, but we’ve had some contact now and then. Bonnie prepared a presentation about quilting podcasts for Quilt Festival a few years ago and wrote me to ask about my Driven To Quilt podcast. We met again last year on the show floor here at Quilt Market and chatted a bit and she gave me a few tips about A/V equipment I might like to use for my classes. On Friday, she was kind enough to give me some last minute encouragement about my Schoolhouse presentation, and said she had planned to be there since she was curious about Inchie Quilts. We agreed to meet for lunch later in the day after my presentation.

Setting up for Schoolhouse was crazy as the presenters before me were running late, so I was rushed and pretty nervous about the whole thing. The presentation went well enough I suppose, but was a bit shorter than it was supposed to be. :( I do talk fast when I get nervous, and I thought we’d be short on time since the other folks were running late, so I didn’t show every single quilt from the book. A number of the attendees came up to visit after the drawing (AQS gave away two of my books at the end!), and enthused about the book and the quilts, and were very excited about the ideas and techniques. Even though the response seemed good, I still left feeling a bit down about it all, so I headed back to the room to rest a bit before lunch.

When I met Bonnie for lunch though, she told me that she thought the presentation was great, and not to worry about it being short. She was also very excited about Inchie Quilts, and asked if I wanted to do a vidcast with her! Bonnie films and produces free vidcasts for her website featuring art and techniques from such quilting luminaries as Paula Nadelstern, Sue Nickels, Ricky Tims, Caryl Bryer Fallert and Alex Anderson, among others.

I’m sure I had that “deer in the headlights” look about me at that moment, since I don’t like cameras much (especially video cameras!) and the last time I tried to do anything on video wasn’t easy and might even be termed a total disaster. And wow, just to be asked to do it was such an honor that it made me nervous right there! Bonnie convinced me that it would all turn out okay, that we’d just chat about Inchie Quilts casually, and her “magic editors” would make it all work! After lunch, we found a quiet sitting area between the rooms in the Hotel, and went to work.

Now how cool is it that Bonnie and I spent an hour and a half filming a vidcast about Inchie Quilts? The filming went really well. It really was just casual conversation and she made it totally easy, just like she promised. I’ve no idea when it will be shown on her website, but you can be sure that as soon as I know, you’ll know. I can’t thank Bonnie enough for the boost she gave me during lunch on Friday, and while we filmed the vidcast. I felt so much better and more confident, and able to face the coming Quilt Market weekend. So despite the jet lag, Quilt Market started out great after all, and more exciting things were yet to come!

Patchwork Times: Suitcases, stress and sleeping

I’m a bad, bad blogger. I’d hoped to be a better communicator during my time in Houston, but so far I’ve been so busy (and thus so tired!) that despite the fact that there is much news to report and all of it pretty awesome, I can’t seem to find the time or energy to post about it! I’m sorry…and I promise you the whole story, but it’s only going to come in bits, and without as many pictures as I would like since not only am I a bad blogger, I’m a slacker with the camera as well!

So let’s go backward in time just a bit, and I’ll tell you a bit about how the Journey to Fall Quilt Market 2009 began. I started packing pretty early in hopes to be all organized and not running around like a crazy woman on Wednesday night before my travel day on Thursday, which meant that the suitcases were out on Monday. Here’s what Patches thought of that: Continue reading