I’ll be coming to the US in May!
I will first attend the Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference “Capitolizing on Fiber” in Alexandria, Virginia, where I intend to do some serious sightseeing in addition to meeting my colleagues and peers for some hands-on training about how to succeed as a professional textile artist. With a limited market for my art quilts in Kenya, I need all the help I can get, and it will be great to meet up with good quilting friends! If you’re an art quilter and want to come along, registration is still possible. Find all the details on the SAQA site!
My university flat-mate lives in Virginia, so I plan to spend a few days with her and her husband, possibly visiting Monticello while I’m in that area. It will be a real treat to step back into history given my long-standing interest in genealogy, as well as having time to catch up with good friends.
From there I’ll go to Las Vegas to visit family. Vegas is not my idea of a pleasant place to be, but it will be great to see loved ones I have not seen for a year! I’ll come back, then, to Kentucky for more family/friend visits, a bit of shopping probably and taking care of some personal business there.
Finally, I will travel north to Columbus, Ohio – just in time to catch the National Quilt Association 2014 Show, May 23-25, where I will teach and lecture.
At the NQA Show, I will be teaching Darned Quilts, Goodbye to the Grid, and two sessions of Fuss-Free and Seamless Bindings, my two methods of binding quilts entirely by machine! My lecture will be the popular and highly instructive “World of Color: A Lay Introduction to Color Physics for Patchwork Quilters.”
As a quilt judge myself, though, I expect to pick up a few pointers from the experience of being at the NQA Show. Those folks are professional in their approach and they have developed many of the guidelines under which I gained certification from the South African National Quilters’ Guild in 2011.
Everyone will attend the NQA 2014 Show, of course, for the fabulous exhibition, but the workshops are my area of concern. Instructions for registering for workshops have been given to me by Linda Miller, NQA 2014 Show Director:
The new website and online registration is ready for you. This is how it works –
1) Go to www.nqaquilts.org
2) Use the button under Quick Links called ‘Quilt Show’
3) Use the button under Workshop Info called ‘Register Here’
4) Fill out the information, and click on the choices of the classes you are interested in. A full class will be indicated automatically, and the system will prevent you from overbooking (trying to sign up for conflicting times) automatically as well. All of the highlighted fields (teacher names and class names) are links that you can use to get more details, and the supply lists are available through those boxes, too. Have fun, and when you are ready, your registration shows up at the bottom, your total is there, and you choose the ‘register’ button to complete this step and go to the checkout!
5) From the checkout, you can increase the number of dinners if you would like, or cancel your choices all together and start over, or you can even choose ‘modify’ and the system will take you back to the filled out form on the previous page.
6) Use the online payment system through Paypal to pay by credit card securely.
This year’s show is truly a special milestone in NQA’s history, and you are an important part of making it so!
What a great trip I have planned, and how wonderful it will be to see people I know and love but usually have so little opportunity to visit as well as to meet new quilters at both the SAQA Conference and the NQA Show!
Come and join me at either or both, won’t you?!