Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quiltworx At Arizona Quilts

Judy Niemeyer is synonyms with fantastically complicated patterns which are supposedly foolproof is you use her techniques for construction.  A few of the Fabric Stalkers are die hard Judy fans and so I have seen a few of these beauties at retreat.  But, I have never succumbed...maybe...I could be tempted....

When I visited Arizona Quilts there was a Judy Niemeyer class being taught by Kelly who is a certified Quiltworx instructor.  Striving for student success Judy has developed a curriculum so that instructors of the Quiltworx patterns would  teach her specific techniques and thus a student could come away with a spectacular quilt!

This list was taken directly from the Quiltworx site and lists what the certified instructors are trained for...

  • To Teach Patterns that they have completed and Can Provide Samples of
  • To Conduct Lectures and Trunk Shows with your Quilt Shops and Guilds
  • To Teach at your Quilt Shows and Conferences and Provide a Vendor Booth,
  • To Provide you with Assistance in doing Demonstrations and Kitting for Judy's Products
  • To offer Samples, as they have available, to Advertise your Classes with them
  • To Bring your Judy's Technique of the Month Program

This is a peek at the pattern which Kelly was teaching...

I might have to think about this....

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!!  
Fabric Stalkers on rock!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arizona Quilts & Boondocking

Enzo aka Sheldon

The Quilt Roadie Adventure has been eye opening in so many way.  I have not even made a dent in the projects that I have brought but I do love the belief in delusional but, good.  I did finish stitching one block of Thanksgiving, one block of Bring Home The Trees, my Buttermilk Basin Fall table mat, one block of the Yoko Saito BOM, the blocks for the flannel baby quilt, part of the French General Quilt, most of the Bee Hive embroidery....hummm....actually I have finished quite a bit!  I dream big...always...LOL

Being in a 24ft RV with the other 2 members of my tribe for 5 weeks...and still 2 more weeks to travel has been an education.  G and I get along pretty darn well to a times we both want to be the wagon master...and neither of us wants to be the tail end of the wagon train, LOL.  We travel well together and work out the challenges of being together 24/7.  He insists I take a few sew days, LOL...wonder why?

The real interesting member of our tribe is Enzo.  Enzo is without a doubt a peculiar soul.  When I would visit the puppies trying to decide which one I wanted...Enzo was the only one that ran to the fence and would watch me drive away.  He is beyond smart...has a touch of OCD and sometimes we wonder who trained who???

This trip has brought out all his peculiarities.  When ever I watch The Big Bang which is one of our favorite shows...I see Enzo in Sheldon.  So much so that I think I should have named him Sheldon.  Order, is the requirement of the day and he has a special spot...just like Sheldon.  I have even seen the same expressions on Enzo's face that I have seen on Sheldon's

Traveling with Enzo requires patience and flexibility.  He will not eat or matter how hungry or hot it is outside if the slide on the RV is in...which means an 8 hours drive he won't...I mean refuses to drink a drop of water.  I gave up worrying about it and he seems to have survived the journey.  He wants to sit right behind G's seat...back to back while traveling.  If we turn on the fan because we are going to cook...he goes under the table and hides (we know why)  He will not eat or drink unless we say "eat" or "drink" and both G and I have to be sitting down and eating before he'll eat.  In this photograph we have told him to eat but he is sitting and me that backward evil eye because the cutting board should not be next to his bowl...I tell you...we do love this guy and he is a hoot and a half...but, definitely his name should have been Sheldon.

Hope you are having warm weather where ever you are...
we sure are enjoying it here!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Odegaards Sewing Center Flagstaff, AZ

Quilt Roadie Drama

I know that those of you that see my Instagram and Facebook know about the fiasco of the last couple of days...and, we will be documenting some of it on the Quilt Roadies Vlog once we catch up on our rest.  One of the #1 things I have noticed as of late is you rarely get a straight person tells you one thing...and then another tells you something different.  Maybe because I come from a medical background where fact as relayed, when not the truth makes headlines...I am frustrated by the variety of stories or alternate facts we live with!  And, so begins our saga...first let me share how blessed we were that we broke down...not on a freeway...but in front of 3 Dudes Quilt Shop!  I lucky am I, LOL...and, to console myself I bought fabric...did I ever share with you that fabric has medicinal properties?!

First...the time frame was much longer than Good Sam said it would be...then, I called back and made sure that the tow truck driver would have room for 2 adults and a dog.  Was put on hold and then when she came back on line said no problem we would all fit.  The real fact, dogs was not allowed in the cab of the truck (even though there was room) because one time a tow truck driver was bit by a dog...Enzo barely even bites his food! And so Enzo had to remain in an RV that was being dragged by the tow truck by me an over protective dog owner but really??? The driver wouldn't let me stay back there  with him for safety reasons but it was ok for my dog?  Enzo survived and we arrived safely...and the driver was very nice overall.

We arrived at the dealer after 3:00.  No way would they be able to get us in till the next day.   They had the tow truck driver drop us on a dead end street near the dealership with HWY 10 behind us.  We aren't allowed to stay in our RV on the dealers property.  Urban boon docking with a highway behind us meant no sleep. The mechanic said we would drive the short way to the shop.  We arrived the next day at 7 am  exhausted.  When we checked in we were asked why didn't  we just stay on the dealers property???? I was told they let people do that all the time?! Someone didn't tell our guy?!  What is it with the alternate facts that seem to be pervasive in our society???   We camped out in their plush lobby all day with free range to food, drink, restrooms, docking stations and comfortable chairs.  Every one worked hard to get us fixed up and the Clampetts would moved out of their nice lobby, LOL.  I did a little stitching but truly was too exhausted to do much.

All we needed was a place to sleep last night and in our search for propane we found the sweetest little park with 32 spots and only 5 people camping...clean, nice and quiet :)  Best of all it is across the street from an RV repair place since our Fridge only works when we are plugged in...just like a home, an RV needs constant maintenance.

Thank you for listening...I am now officially off my soap box, LOL

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Travels With Enzo

The blessing of traveling is the people you meet.  You really come to understand that flexibility, acknowledgement and empathy would make for a better world.  It is interesting to me that even though G, Enzo and I are basically introverts, traveling has put us in situation where we get our extrovertism on, lol.  Least you say...there is no way Anna is an introvert...the very definition of introvert vs. extrovert is how you recover from social situations...G, Enzo and I need alone time.  Hence the capacity for us to spend weeks on end together in the RV without a's quiet, lol.

I do love to meet new people and have seen so many kind spirits.  Our intention is to keep traveling as long as we can in between stops at our home base...and to keep promoting those Independent Quilt Shops!  And, Quilters!

We have one of those US camping maps on the side of our RV and put a sticker on, if we camp a night in the state...and of course see a quilt store, quilter or sewing room :).  Still pretty many places to visit!

This map on the other hand was one of our 
camping neighbors...amazing. 
 It is so encouraging!

There are still many awesome quilts shops ahead and I have scheduled a couple of stitching days with local quilters where ever I will be. One of the highlights of our stay in the Phoenix area was an invitation to visit Jackie at the Arizona Quilts.  Talk about a beautiful soul!  She is new to quilting and I can tell is already hooked.  Two of her friends just became the new owners of Arizona Quilts and she agreed to come on board with her back ground in sewing...she has now added quilting to her repertoire :)  Thank You Jackie for including me in your circle of friends!

Least you think it is all about quilting...close, but not quite...we get to rest...

Stitch and enjoy the scenery

...and relax

Have a wonderful day and thank you for coming along on our journey here, on the Quilt Roadies and The Quilt Show