The Singing Quilter Newsletter
In this issue:
. Cruise Update
. Rajah Quilt Block of the Month
. Star and Plume sighting in Humble, TX
. Houston Quilt Market and Festival
. Bad luck on the car front
. Mock Mola classes
. Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on
Cathy Miller and her husband John Bunge, of Victoria BC Canada travel
the world singing songs about quilts, quilters and quilting.
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Miller and John Bunge
The fall has slipped by and now it's winter - and CHRISTMAS!
We are heading out soon to spend Christmas with family in Edmonton - packing our down jackets and layers to keep warm (we live in a much milder climate in Victoria).
I hope your Christmas and holiday season is filled with finished projects (just in time to get wrapped and under the tree!), happy family times and good (but not too much) food! I appreciate your support of what I do so much. Thank you for reading, and for listening and responding to my music. I hope we can see you at some point during the upcoming last year of our Big Driving Tours.
I have lots to tell you about and show you in this newsletter, so let's get going!
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ALOHA QUILT CRUISE
We had a mostly wonderful time on the cruise to Hawaii. 45 cruisers, lots of quilting, shopping and fun together. Unfortunately there was a lot of illness aboard on this cruise, and we actually made the news when we arrived in Vancouver - Norovirus slowed down the turn-around of the ship, and they didn't start loading the next batch of cruisers until after 5:30 that night!
The weather was warm, but cloudy and somewhat rainy. That didn't stop us from having fun at two shop hops (on the Big Island and Kauai), and finding quilt shops on the others. We did our classes in two restaurants on board, and the ship was very accommodating - they even picked up and delivered all our sewing machines to the classrooms so we didn't have to haul them around ourselves.
There was lots accomplished, and I was very happy to see the results of my classes. Here are some pictures from our 15 days on the boat!
Bad luck on the car front
We've been very lucky, over the years, with our travels. No serious issues, no crashes, no scrapes.
It was raining a LOT, and we were
parked in an underground condo parking garage.
Happily, there was no permanent
damage, although we did spend the next 5 days bailing and mopping out
I taught the Mock Mola class several times on the Texas tour - it is always SO GOOD to see what everyone makes!
At Festival, Marsha brought a piece she was working on on the bus from Weatherford. We had just sung for her guild, and she did this on her longarm after we left!
I love this piece by Nancy from the Santa Barbara
Here's the class from Bryan Texas, plus a couple of close-ups.
In Nassau Bay we met at the local quilt shop and took this picture in the parking lot!
This is most of the class at the Greater Houston Quilt Guild. Too many to fit into the picture!
I also taught one class of Hexagons: State of the
Art. In the afternoon, we play with fussy cutting and Lucy Boston
What I'm Working On
Throughout the Texas tour, all I worked on was my Millefiore quilt - I got it all pieced on the cruise, and have been busy filling in the corners - one more month to go, then I'll show you a picture of it all finished!
Here's a picture of the tough life of the touring musician: I finished one of my rosettes pool-side on the cruise ship!
I will be away for three weeks in January, so when we return, I'll be working hard to finish my Millefiore so I can show everyone on the spring tour, as well as finishing the quilting on a hexagon snowflake I've had on the go for a few years. I'm hoping to also get another family quilt (a late wedding present!) done too - lots to do!
2016 will be our last year of doing big tours by car. If you want us to come to your guild (or come BACK), please talk to your program person now so that we can fit you into our schedule.
John is still booking next year's tour everywhere in North America (including Alaska!) Let us know if you want us to come to you!
John has FINALLY confirmed a booking in Arkansas! That means we're only missing Mississippi in our tours!!! WE CAN'T RETIRE UNTIL WE'VE DONE MISSISSIPPI! Do you know any quilt guilds there? We need to sing for them!
After that, I'll be joining John on a cruise through the Panama Canal. (No work, this time, just fun!)
Feb 9 2016: VICTORIA BC Victoria
Quilters' Guild (concert 7pm)
In March we head out for another big circuit, heading down to Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and beyond.
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