The Singing Quilter Newsletter
In this issue:
. The Cruise is a Go!
. Recent Mock Mola Classes
. Block of the Month is starting again!
. My Millie Update
. Great little light
. Peshtigo Fire Quilt
. 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. For further information, explore the website at www.singingquilter.com. Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Miller and John Bunge
Welcome to new subscribers from our recent visits to Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kentucky!
Our first "official" visit to Paducah was absolutely fantastic! Paper Pieces hosted our show on the front lawn of the National Quilt Museum (see picture to the left), and I was able to meet some "fans" from afar just before we started (see the two pics on the right just below). I also taught a few classes while we were there. It was full-on, and please forgive me for being tardy with the update. I've only now just recovered!
I've been stitching up a storm on my Millefiore since we left home, and have completed Month 2 and most of Month 3 rosettes (pictures below). I must apologize to Katja Marek for getting the links wrong for her shop in the last newsletter. It should be www.katjasquiltshoppe.com . That's where you'll find out everything Millefiore.
While we were in Oshkosh WI in March I had a most wonderful surprise encounter with a story I wrote in 2004 about the Peshtigo Fire.
I'm going to start another Star and Plume Block of the Month in June, and you can sign up now for it. See details below
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Fans from afar at Paducah:
The CRUISE IS A GO!
I'm thrilled to let you know that the cruise is a GO! We have enough quilters coming along. There's still room for more, if you're interested.
If you are travelling alone and would like to share a stateroom with someone, please let our cruise specialist Miriam know (her contact info is below) - we have been able to find a partner for at least one of our cruisers and there's another looking for a roomie.
Brandy Lynn has announced her classes, and we are starting to sign people up for all classes now. The kit fees are the only extra charge - the classes themselves are included in your passage!
If you have been considering coming along with us, please get in touch with Miriam (see contact info below) right away to book your spot.Guests can join me and Brandy Lynn Maslowski, host of Canadian QuiltTalk for 15 days at sea including 8 full days of workshops and 4 days on the islands of Hawaii.
Cruise info - http://www.flightcentre.ca/cruises/aloha-quilt
Online Booking Page - https://events.flightcentre.ca/ei/getdemo.ei?id=4360&s=_2J00QH0Q8&bulk=y
The Aloha Quilt Cruise Blog - https://alohaquiltcruise.wordpress.com/
Thanks in advance for sharing information about the Aloha Quilt Cruise. I really appreciate your support!
Great Little Light
My friend Ami Simms is carrying a new
hand sewing light that is absolutely WONDERFUL!
It uses two AA batteries and LED
technology to do the job. The cord is attached with two strong
magnets and you can angle the light to exactly the spot you want.
To order one from Ami, visit her website www.amisimms.com/lights.html
Peshtigo Fire Quilt
A long while ago I came upon a story
included in the Wisconsin Quilts book about a quilt that was used to
save lives during the worst American disaster of all time.
In March we attended the Fox Valley Technical College quilt festival in Oshkosh WI, and I sang the song for them. I usually try to sing a song about the place we're in, when I can.
The next day, just before I started teaching, a couple of women came up to me. One said "I have a woman here who you are going to want to meet!". She was absolutely right!
While she was standing in line for lunch, she told a stranger next to her about our concert the night before - especially about the story of the Peshtigo Fire quilt. The second woman had not attended, but she sure knew about the quilt: she owned it! The second woman was Elinor Czarnecki. I had contacted her to use her picture of the quilt when I did the CD as well as the songbook, but we had never met. It was just serendipity that she was there, standing next to someone who told her that story! And the woman next to them was taking my afternoon class, so she knew where to find me!
The next day we went to visit Elinor and I got to see the quilt for the first time in person! It's heavy wool, and I can only imagine how heavy it would have been, soaking wet, wrapped around his shoulders as he ran the train.
I LOVE it when serendipity contrives
for me to meet people connected to songs I've written in our travels!
What I'm Working On
The quilt has been delivered to Florida, and they love it!
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.
Here are the confirmed gigs from now until August 2015. John is still booking for the fall down to California and Texas. Let us know if you want us to come to you!
In 2016 we'll be doing the last of our big circuits of North America, all the way down to Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard. Maybe then we'll be able to set up something in our last two states: Mississippi and Arkansas. Do you know any quilt guilds there? We need to sing for them!
ANNAN ON House concert at my brother's farm (send me an email if
you want to come!)
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