I arrived in Los Angles on Friday, March 13 to teach for the LA Modern Quilt Guild. By the time I left, life as we know it was being shut down across the world. Since then, historical events continue to explode on our personal, political, and emotional time lines. If life were a game, we would be playing at the VERY DIFFICULT level.
I checked out. I took up biking and sock knitting and berry picking.
I spent two months in McCarthy, Alaska where we have an off-the-grid cabin.
Meanwhile, many of my peers were traveling via the internet– teaching around the world from their home studios.
I resisted. For the first three months, I thought I could wait Covid out. But when every single one of my teaching events for 2020 was cancelled, I realized that I better get with the program.
I agreed to give a few lectures in September.
Then, I joined a group of quilt teachers who were supporting each other in learning how to teach online.
I participated in the first event which featured 30 quilt teachers sharing information about their virtual classes and lectures. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can watch the entire event on YouTube.
FYI- I was the second to last presenter, so my presentation is at the 1:31 marker of the video.
Since the popularity and demand for these presentations continues to grow, Sue and Lyric continue to host these events with the next live presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 4PM – 6PM EST. Visit the website to sign up to watch past and future events.
After that presentation, guilds began to contact me about teaching for them virtually. So, this blog post is to say—It’s Happening. I am teaching from my studio in Anchorage, Alaska to wherever in the world you might be.
If your guild or festival is interested in having me teach or lecture for your community, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about how to make that happen.
Additionally, I wanted to tell you about two other bits of news.
First of all, I invite you to join me as part of the Vermont Quilt Festival @ Home. My events are happening next week and I would love for you to join me.
Building Community through Quilts
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Fees—$12 for Lecture
TWO DAY WORKSHOP
Linear Blocks—Line into Shape
Saturday & Sunday
September 12 & 13, 2020
1PM- 4PM EST
Fees- $80 for Entire Workshop
Mary Puckett from Zippy Quilts wrote a blog post sharing the fact that she has signed up for the workshop. You can read about what she thinks here.
Second, I have been seriously thinking about offering my own workshops. No guild, no festival—just all of you and me and a super savvy ZOOM moderator.
What do you think? I am very interested in what you are interested in learning virtually. Have you already taken a LIVE virtual class? Did you like it? What worked for you? What didn’t work for you? I would love to hear from all of you as I try and navigate this next phase of my teaching life.
Thank you folks! I hope to see you in the workshop next weekend!