Now that I am back on the blog, and figured out that I forgot to click the activate button (serious duh factor), I can add more newsy bits…
I don’t actively advertise that I do in fact teach. In the U.S. I was a figure skating coach for many, many years. I also taught random art classes as well as ESOL. And even taught the occasional quilt related class…
There were a ton of teachers for quilting in my local area and I felt that I had nothing more to contribute. But my confidence was boosted by my LQS Mainely Sewing and Quilt Divas. They would ask me to teach some of the more off-beat techniques. And occasionally something as traditional as hand appliqué. I was just starting to find my groove (sort of) and then we moved to New Zealand.
Needless to say, I was not prepared to dive into teaching quilting when I didn’t know the protocols in a new place… So I tabled a lot of my quilting and other pursuits to deal with the constant barrage of paperwork that is required to be come a resident and make sure that everyone was settled into the new routines.
I have finally started to really try and push forward with quilting (teaching, longarm, my own designs) and am making some baby steps. Several of my newer quilts have been well received, I was given the opportunity to write an article for “Down Under Textiles”, I am making inroads toward a longarm, and I have a couple of private students.
While living in Whangarei, I joined a group of quilters known as the “Wot Nots” and we did a 12×12 Challenge over the past couple of years. We are actually the Baker’s Dozen because there are 13 of us. But we have a fabulous show at the Reyburn House in Whangarei that has been extended to July 12th! Yay! It is a wonderful, bright, cheerful exhibition and the location is stellar. If you are in the North of New Zealand, I highly recommend taking the time to view it.
And my two students, they are a joy. Both of them are doing classes for free motion quilting and they are making some steady progress. Private study is nice because it can be tailored to the student. I enjoy both the group and the private realms of teaching. I currently also teach a basic sewing class to 12 children at my son’s school (Ages 8-12) and that is pretty darn fun as well. Chaotic but fun!
So hopefully, I will teach a bit more in the future.
But more good news… My friend Charlotte “The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady” has found space to create a working studio! What a wonderful endeavour! Check out her blog for more details: The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady
So there is my short update…