The Singing Quilter Newsletter
In this issue:
. We're back on tour
. Mock Mola classes
. Fabric for sale!
. 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
As we begin this last year of Big Drives, I can't help but think how it will be next year, when I'm home and missing everyone. We will be hanging up our car keys at the end of this year. That doesn't mean that I'll be retiring!!! (How could I possibly retire from something I love so much?) It just means we won't be as accessible as we were - no huge drives back and forth across many countries, hauling all the gear: CDs, quilts, sound system, guitar.
I'm starting to get a little excited about the opportunities I'll have when we stop these lengthy trips and stay home for longer. Maybe I'll become a "foodie" and take cooking classes. I might try to put together a jazz band and do local gigs (no guitar playing! Woo hoo!). I might finally be able to do a proper job with my quilt guild, rather than just popping in once in a while. Or maybe I'll start teaching private singing lessons again. I've missed it.
There are lots of opportunities, and of course lots of quilts to make too.
But there's another 8 1/2 months to go before any of that can start to happen. And many miles to go before we sleep!
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We're Back On Tour
I write this from a hotel room in Oklahoma (not on Mustang Island TX, where this picture of white ibis was taken). We have started our last Big Swing of the United States, and it's going very well. I am endeavouring to enjoy every moment - every mile and every restaurant meal - of this last circuit. Last night someone told me she has contacts in Mississippi and will try VERY HARD to get us a gig there during this tour! That's the last US state to go for us, and I really hope we can get something there.
This is a 3 month tour, and you can find the entire itinerary at www.singingquilter.com/tourinfo/. Dates for March and April are listed below.
I really hope we can see you at some point during the tour. If not, we'll have another (final) tour in the fall. There are still spaces to fill there.
What I'm Working On
Hmm. Not much time to work on anything just now. But I wanted to show you how my Millie turned out. I asked three friends to bring theirs along to our show at the Victoria Quilters' Guild (my home guild) in February. Wow!
Back in January I also made a flannel wedding quilt for my nephew and his wife. They'll get it in the fall, when we can deliver it in person. (Shhhh! They don't know about it yet!) Yes, those are John's feet!
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 this 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!
March 17 Tulsa OK (concert)
April 6 Bunnell FL (concert)
In May we'll be in GA, KY, OH, MI, and finish up in Roxbury MA on the 28th.
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