Okay....I'm moving in that direction.....(with some questioning...grinning.) It's good to reflect and even better to realize that moving from my mini career of cookbook author to the wide, wide world of quilting was nothing short of a miracle. I had no expectations; my interest started as a hobby.....so obviously there would be no disappointments. My needle became a magic carpet....taking me places I would never have dreamed of....making new friends whose paths I would never have crossed if I'd have stayed in the kitchen.
A short look back.......
My first published book.....what?? Yes a children's cookbook.
The first of my 6 first published quilt books.
The payoffs were spectacular!!! 'Have suitcase....will travel' became my motto for 25+ years. Yup...that's me in my suitcase in a hotel room in Paris in 2001.
I truly wish I had blogged earlier......then I'd have had a record of this event. In 2002 I was asked to model this traveling tu-tu....and of course I felt the need to twirl. A member of the guild I was visiting made a tu-tu (why?? If there was a reason I don't recall)....apparently she took it to various places and asked people to wear it while she snapped a picture.
Some of the most rewarding teaching trips were cruises...first as a guest teacher for Doreen Speckmann, then after her passing in 1999, as the host. How I ever taught beading with paper or a white board, drawing with various colors of markers, is a tribute to the quality of eager students!
And learn they did!!!
The whole way I taught changed completely with the aid of a digital projector and the ability to stream a live feed. There's no turning back on my decision to retire.....my equipment is now owned by someone else....a step I needed to take otherwise I know in two months I'd probably be back on the quilting highway.
My last book.
Yesterday I closed down my website and will now maintain only this blog and my blog gallery shop. (A special thank you to Nanette Zeller, webmaster supreme who is also an excellent art quilter.)
With the exception of this book and my DVD, all the others are out of print but can be found in the resale market online (link on side bar), as ebooks, or print on demand from the publishers. My goal is to continue to create.....with a fervent hope that I will be able to sell enough to allow me to keep creating!!!
Follow these links to see what others have been up to this week: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop, Whoop Friday, and Richard and Tanya Quilts.