Monday, September 29, 2008

Come visit us this weekend!

The New England Quilt Designers Cooperative will be at the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild show entitled "Harvest of Quilts" this weekend, October 4th and 5th.

Location: Lake Opechee Inn Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Ct., Laconia NH
Show Hours: 10am to 5pm both days
Admission: $5.00 adult, $3.00 student, free parking

This is the Belknap Mill Guild's 31st annual show. They have two very special exhibits - Summerset Banks, Best of Show and Viewer's Choice in Wearable Arts, Paducah KY and The Fiber Divas, Fiber Arts Group. There will also be a raffle quilt, merchants mall, demonstrations, antique quilts and, of course, lots of gorgeous quilts to look at and admire.

Stop by and say hello - we would love to meet our blog readers!

Terri Sontra
Purple Moose Designs

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Forty Years and Counting!

Seems hardly possible, but today is my 40th wedding anniversary to my DH Ron!! Who would have thought that two young and idealistic hippie types from the '60's would have made it together to this point in one piece! Through all the highs and lows Ron has stood steadfast beside me, supporting all my sometimes wild ideas, including my quilt making and design business and helping to keep me grounded. What a great team! We are both looking forward to the next 40 years.

Speaking of my business - one of my goals for this year was to become better known throughout New England (and perhaps beyond) through teaching gigs and trunk shows, as well as through my patterns (and, of course, NEQDC's vending opportunities) . I am happy to say, that in addition to my very first trunk show last spring at the Cocheco Quilt Guild in Dover, NH, I now have two invitations for trunk shows at at the Soughhegan Quilt Guild in Amherst, NH and the Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild in Hudson, NH. I have also taught a workshop at the Bedford Friendship Quilt Guild in Bedford, NH, which was great fun and very well received. All this in addition to teaching at the Pine Tree Quilt shop in Salem and my own quilt guild - Amoskeag Quilt Guild in Manchester. NH.

I really enjoy teaching - the excitement and enthusiasm of my students is so exhilarating and refreshing. That helps to renew my own excitement for the work I do. I also find that I often learn as much from my students as I hope they are learning from me! A great "win-win" situation.

Next spring my new book will be available (still a bit hush hush until I get it published) and then - who knows where my design business will take me!

Cary Flanagan
Something Sew Fine Quilt Design