Hey everyone. Last week I popped on and talked to you about some exciting projects that had kept me away from blogging. I also mentioned that we have a new local quilt shop, The Sparkly Elephant, owned by a friend. I mean it was meant a friendship to be, right!?! Elephants and teacups are a match made in heaven!
So Ani and I have been talking. Mostly about our shared experiences as quilters. For the most part, I have spent nearly 20 years in the "business" of Quilting because my mom Bear Thread Designs, so I grew up in the industry. I spent my teen years as a volunteer with the International Quilt Festival (Now Quilt Festival Houston), feeling a little special that I got to wear the gloves and help hang and guard so many beautiful quilts.
I have taught classes on a small scale, over the years, one-on-one is my favorite and served as a Quiltsmart Ambassador for a little more than 5 years. Recently, Ani has asked if I would like to teach classes at the shop and I am excited (and a little nervous). So I will take the tutorials I've done here and demos that I have done over the years at quilt shows for various designers and start teaching at the shop.
A favorite project has always been exchanges for me. I've done several online, but for this Christmas I am partnering with The Sparkly Elephant to host a small Christmas Ornament Block Exchange. I've never done one in person, so I am kind of excited!!
For this week's #FoundFreebie, here is an adorable Christmas Present quilt by Riley Blake. I love Riley Blake Fabrics, so the cuteness of this makes my heart happy. Find the pattern here.
Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired!