It's tricky to know how something relatively new will work. This is true of all things. Obviously. Like baking a new cake recipe before someones party in 2 hours. Or trying to finish a dress from a pattern you've never made with a plane to catch. Or spending a bunch of money on garden stuff and hoping that the seeds you put into the ground will germinate and grow. There is just this general unknowingness, will this work? You hope, and you pray a lot that it works. But I think a lot of the tension comes from the time constraints. If these seeds don't germinate now, they'll die. If I don't finish this dress, I will be naked on a plane. If this cake doesn't work, I will have to run to the store and blah blah blah. If you remove the time constraints, and the plane to catch, you are just trying new things.
Now I am not one for unnecessary (unnecessary is still I word that I cannot spell) obligations, or making things more difficult or stressful than they ought to be, if at all... but that a certain amount of will this work can be daunting or exciting. I guess it depends on how you're seeing things.
This is the prayer I say:
Heavenly Father. Please bless that this works.
Like a telegram. With full stops. I send it over and over again.
The Meadow was one of those things. It was tricky quilt to create, but the whole thing was inspired from its very beginning. And when I chose to not release it as a pattern, but to only teach it as a class I stepped into that unknowingness. I started to send that telegram a lot. Please bless that this works (full stop).
And it has. I have been so moved, and overwhelmed by the sacrifices you've made and the distances you've traveled to make this quilt with me. If you've taken the class you know that the experience is much more than just learning to make the quilt. It's this whole heart expansion thing. Like you were all the Grinch, and I was the Grinch, and then we made a Meadow and our hearts grew several sizes. Maybe that's a little extreme. I just like the image of the heart busting that heart cage from How to Grinch Stole Christmas.
Never mind. I just watched this clip, and that's exactly what making the Meadow is like.
All jokes aside, I have had the most incredible experiences with all of you. And it's my hope that as I conclude this Meadow Tour this year, that I will get to share it with even more of your before the end of it's season. Before it gets put to pasture, and other end of the road meadowy puns. I believe in Seasons.
So I'm laying out my schedule for you, because as I said, I want as many of you who want to make this quilt, to make this quilt. I want you to know what general part of the country I will be in. Some things I plan pretty far in advance, but most things I just plan several months in advance, because I like to let my life happen, on occasion.
February 19-23 QuiltCon Austin Texas (Meadow is completely full)
March 1-6 NYC , available 7-11th on the East Coast.
March 14th Fancy Tiger Crafts, Denver, Colorado Full Day Meadow, class has not listed yet, so there are plenty of spots available!
I can't think of what's happening in April. So if you are interested in April, I am available to travel wherever.
May 1-9 still available in a way. If you are interested in any of these dates let me know. You might also be put to Market prep work.
May 14-17 International Quilt Market, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
May 17-end of May I'd love to work on some possibly midwest locations (IOWA), and also lower East Coast! VA, SC, NC, GA, FL...
June is my birthday, I haven't decided where I will be yet for June.
At some point in the summer I will be in Toronto, and Boston. Those are all the details I have on that currently.
July 9th-12th Sew OK in Oklahoma!
I always forget about August. I'm available in August. Might be out East again.
I have a tiny (hi Bec!) street team helping me to assemble a possible tour in Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in taking The Meadow Down Under, please email me so I can see what kind of actual interest there is. This would take place through part of September and October.
End of October Quilt Market in Houston. Which will put me in the South for possible Southern Meadows. Or just at IAH to catch a plane to anywhere in the world.
I'm only available until the end of the 2nd week in November, and then I'm off for the rest of the year to spend with my family.
So what this means for you. If you are a shop, a guild, or a private group (a cool group, not a scary group) who is interested in any of these open dates, email me. I or someone (finding help), will get back to you with the information you need to proceed. Also, if you're just a regular peep who wants to take the class let us know in the comments, so we can either get you hooked up with a class near you, or try to assemble one where you are.
Also, if you know any handsome and nice single dudes who have their lives together that live where I'm teaching, you can also email me about that.
OK. That's a lot of information, and I hope that it's helpful in bringing the Meadow to you. I want to meet you, I want to make this quilt with you. I want you to have a great day. Right now.