May-July 2004

Marti's Journal

The two weeks at home between Den Haag and leaving for Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh were packed with final preparations for Market. Dick and I manage the Schoolhouse event held the day before Market booths open, so that means that we go the day before that to work on setting up our booth. This year, Maywood Studio bought one whole booth to decorate in a room setting with the new Rose Garden fabric collection, and we had selected the almost mint green and purple combination. Because I had helped develop the line, I was busy making quilts for display and inspiration right til the last minute. In addition, we had three new products: the Flying Geese Ruler, The Feathered Star Medallion pattern, and a new Block of the Month notebook for shops featuring our template sets A and C.

There are two wholesale quilt markets a year, one in the fall in Houston and one in the Spring that moves from city to city. Many shops attend only one a year, so the things we introduced in the fall are still considered “new” for spring Market. Of course, I always say that to a new store or a new template user, everything we have is new.

It had been years since I had been in Pittsburgh and it was a real treat. We loved the relatively new convention center filled with natural light. Now I admit, when we discovered as a result of raging rain storms that rain could leak in, that was not a good thing! The downtown architecture was wonderful and varied and we had some wonderful meals. Who can ask for more? Oh yes, we also had a very good show!

After spending Memorial Day and eight other days at home, I headed for a weekend event in Wisconsin at the Southwest Tech Sewing Expo, where I would teach. I had hoped to piggyback a visit with my sister, who lived just North of Milwaukee, so I flew into Milwaukee instead of the closer Madison airport. Then, wouldn't you know, my sister and her husband were at their summer place in Canada and I missed them anyway. Please note that Madison is the state capital and I did drive through it! In fact, I drove almost across the state and the amazing thing to me was that I saw more gigantic wind turbines on one wind farm than I saw cows on the whole trip.

I was home a week and then flew to Denver and drove with three other teachers to Estes Park for Quilt Colorado 2004. I had always heard that this is a great event and it certainly was as far as I was concerned. It is well organized, had a very nice vendor mall and show, and lots of people. On Sunday I caught a ride back to the airport with Bettina Havig. It was a beautiful sunny day and the drive down from Estes Park was just beautiful! It was also a great opportunity to catch up with a good friend.

When I got home, we were preparing for house guests from Japan, the Hasagawas, a couple we had known 30 years ago when the men worked in the same industry. We had kept in touch; in fact, Stacy and I had seen the Hasagawas twice when we were in Japan, including a very lovely dinner with their family on our last trip together. It was fun to do a few of the tourist things with them in Atlanta. Then I was home a couple of weeks before leaving July 18 for Quilt Camp in the Pines.

Camp is in Flagstaff, but I flew into Phoenix and met Paula Nadelstern at the airport. We rented a car and drove to Flagstaff. What a neat gal! Smart, talented and nice! It was the 10th anniversary of Quilt Camp in the Pines and my sixth or seventh year to teach there. It is always fun and this year we were blessed with near perfect weather. Paula and Louisa Smith were my suite mates. One night after class we drove down to Sedona for sightseeing, shopping and dinner. While anyone who teaches benefits from meeting many wonderful people, one of the nicest things about conferences like this is the opportunity to spend time with other teachers, too. Dee Lynn and Audrey Waite are the directors of Quilt Camp in the Pines and they also organize cruises including the three I have taught on. I will miss camp next year because I am teaching at Quilt Hawaii at almost the same time and we are hoping to stay a few days for a full family vacation.

Current State Capital count: With this journal entry we can add Madison, Wisconsin, and Phoenix, Arizona. I have already counted Denver. That only brings me up to nine! That is not very good after such a great start!

Happy Quilting,

Marti

Marti Michell

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