When Material Obsession first opened I was a self taught quilter with little to no experience in so many areas of quilting. I would eagerly stand in the shop waiting for customers to show them the wonderful collection of fabric knowing that most of them knew more than I did. Over the years I have learned so much from the quilters that walk through the door both customers, teachers and friends. It was with an open mind and heart that I let them show me the wonders of technique in support of all the ideas that I had. Being limited by the how was frustrating when there was so much what to do. Without even realizing it I have gained confidence in acquired piecing, applique, foundation piecing, curves, and quilting skills without loosing the sense of what it feels like not to know anything.
Yesterday I packed up the butterflies in my belly, my traveling Modern Wedge show and with as serious a face as possible I presented my dog and pony show to four experienced, respectable quilters on the guild Teacher Accreditation sub committee. When the email arrived last night to say that I received the official Teacher Accreditation from the NSW Quilters Guild for workshop teaching methods I was ecstatic! I have long felt like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz...I know what I know but I wanted proof that I knew it. Funny how important the recognition of others is for making us feel real...as if we have a brain. I was surprised to learn that there are only 20 accredited teachers. I encourage all patchwork teachers to consider accreditation...not for anyone but yourself...it feels good.
So, I thank the members of the sub committee for listening to me and accepting that I have something to say. I thank all of the guilds, shops and groups that have invited me to teach over the years...and I say bring it on to those that haven't!!! Oh, dear...I can hear the music rushing me off stage...as John would say, I must be running out of tickets on myself soon! snort.
So, here is my upcoming teaching schedule:
11/12 April at Bay City Quilters, Melbourne area - Lecture/Modern Wedge
18/19 April at AQC, Melbourne - Diamond Dollies
2/3 May at The Home Patch, Bathurst - Modern Wedge
16/17 May for Geelong Patchwork Quilters Quilt In - lecture/Modern Wedge
30/31 May for Wollongong Modern Quilt Show - Twisting Tradition Workshops throughout the event
27/28 June for Running with Scissors, Seattle, WA Area
1-5 July for Calico Creations, Seattle, WA Area
Then the posse and I break and go to Sisters just for FUN and classes!!!
16/17 July for The Broadway, Napa Valley
18/19 July for The Cotton Patch, San Fran
8/9 August Victorian Quilters
22/23 Hettie's Patch, Adelaide - Into the Woods (new!)
12/13 Stitched and Framed
19/20 September, All Things Patchwork Auckland, New Zealand
There is more but this is enough to make me jump out of my seat and get busy planning. If you see a local shop or group on the list contact them and come along! Hoping to see you soon! k