I've been on the road for the past week teaching and visiting with family. I'm home now and knee deep in Christmas preparations. The following pictures are just a small snapshot of the creativity that I saw on my travels.
I'm working backwards through my week. First up are pictures from my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls last Monday and Tuesday. This is going to be the cutest Christmas ornament you've ever seen!
Vicky has been working hard on my Spoken For design.
Barbara is completely finished with my Cute as a Button design. She made this out of her scraps.
Irene brought in her finished, and gorgeous Country Sunshine quilt.
Meg's Country Sunshine is in an entirely different colorway. All of the components are placed on the block layout sheet which I include in each pattern.
Pat is completely finished with a Crabapple Hill design. She also machine quilted this quilt on her domestic machine.
Lynnette is making my Homemade Holiday table runner.
Paula has a pile of Y-squares for Country Sampler.
Gail has a pile of flying geese and Y-squares for her Zinnie's Choice quilt.
Next are photos from my Country Sampler class. I love the combination of colors and fabrics.
Then there were finished blocks from Row-Mancing Alaska. This block is called Aurora.
I started off my travels teaching Scrappy Leaves. We always begin with a layout sheet.
The girls organized their leaf background fabrics first.
You can see that the sun is going to be radiating through the trees from light to dark.
That is just a small sample of the beautiful projects that I witnessed over the past weeks. I feel that I'm constantly surrounded in beauty. Not only are the projects beautiful......so are the creators.
After being gone for a week, I came home to a Post Office box full of envelopes with donations for my Paradise fundraiser. I processed checks for most of Thursday! To date, quilters around the globe have donated over $9,000!!!! All of the monies collected are going directly to help the people of Paradise. You have been instrumental in putting smiles on many faces.
Monday I will be meeting with three members of the Paradise Guild. They had between 120-130 members. 100 of them lost everything. We are going to brainstorm how best to meet the needs of the quilting community in Paradise. My contact told me the members have been scattered to the winds. They are trying to locate everyone and evaluate their needs. Many of the quilters are ready to pick up a needle and create something. I keep thinking how I would feel if I'd lost the ability to quilt and create.
The members who live in Chico are trying to get everyone together to celebrate a sense of community with the quilters from the Annie's Star guild in Chico. The bonding of quilters will be essential in the healing process.
I wish you could see me open envelopes, read the personal letters, while wiping the tears away. Mr. Joe thinks I'm a basket case....which I am during my "mail time". Your generosity is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. This is the season of giving, and you've come through like champions. I am forever grateful.