Oh the weather outside is delightful

The calendar says the summer solstice will blessedly be upon us in a few days, but in Editorial Land, this can only mean one thing: How are those holiday issues shapin’ up? Admittedly I’m still thawing out from last winter, but while I’m deadheading flowers and grilling veggie burgers it’s my job as an editor to think six months ahead and wonder:

• Do you flex your creative muscle to create your own unique holiday gifts or seasonal home decorations?• Do you make your own holiday cards of fabric and/or paper? • Do you quilt your own tree skirts, table runners, or the like? • Is there a particular holiday ritual/gift you are famous among your friends and family for?• What fabric or mixed-media projects/ techniques in the winter keep you from getting cabin fever?•Do you have a creative and/or funny way of putting together and disseminating those yearly family updates?

•Or, is there a project you’d love to complete for the holidays or winter? And if so, what?

If you haven’t heard/read/seen/ the news our submission guidelines have significantly changed for Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors, so please have a look and send us your creative ideas.

There are a couple of events on the horizon that I wanted to share:

Festival of Quilts Birmingham, UK

August 16-19, 2007

If you are planning to be in Birmingham in August for the Festival of Quilts, I’m facilitating a talk on Friday morning based on S.A.Q.A. (Studio Art Quilts Associates) and their latest exhibit, “Transformations” as well as talking about art quilting in general. Please come and join me if you’re going to be attending the Festival. This will be an interactive discussion that promises to be both informative and inspiring.

International Quilt Festival (November 1 – 4)Thursday, November 1

Luncheon Lecture

I am preparing for a very fun event at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall, a luncheon lecture based on our “Surviving the Runway with Cloth Paper Scissors® Challenge” that we’ve hosted at Make It University!™ for the past year. I am orchestrating the entire event to music, and please believe me when I say this will be a riotous couple of hours filled with creativity and laughter. This Thursday luncheon is during some of the busiest show hours on the floor—too crowded to get any significant shopping done––so why not join me for lunch? I’m working with some of the best companies in the industry to obtain a line up of terrific door prizes for the winners, including…drum roll… a needle-felting machine courtesy of Huskvarna Viking.

Any questions on the above events feel free to email me.