First off, I'll be teaching four university classes this spring, so that will be the top priority through April. I'm also planning to take a university class in printmaking (if I didn't wait too long to sign up). So that's an ambitious start!
In addition, my "one little word" for 2016 -- the overarching focus that I want to use as a stay-on-target reminder -- is Connect!
In hopes of linking up with more IntraWeb stitchy types -- and, of course, to flex my design muscles -- I've joined the Lucky Spool Quilting Club for the year, and I've already started slashing a bunch of bias strips for the first month's challenge -- which I will write about later (to connect...see?).
The Printed Fabric Bee. I know two of the members of this group from the Connecticut chapter of SAQA (that's "Studio Art Quilt Associates" for those of you following along at home) and having a chance to learn some Mad Skillz from artists like these (for FREE!) is too good an opportunity to pass up.
Time permitting (ha!), I might also dive into the Modern HST Sampler that Alyce is hosting at Blossom Hill Quilts.
My husband gave me a gorgeous stack of fat quarters for my birthday last fall, and these have sat sadly untouched -- this sampler will be a nice chance to play with my peach tree, as the kids today say:
What else? I signed up for a little swap, I'm spending a week in San Diego before classes start, teaching a Gypsy Wife class this spring at Lisa's Clover Hill Quilts, taking a map-quilt workshop with Timna Tarr at Sew Inspired, attending the opening of the SAQA-CT show in Guilford in late February, sharing two trunk shows in May, and -- eventually -- polishing off my first three patterns (that is a lot of work!). Plus I guess I should throw in some time for homeschooling the boys while I'm at it. So that should do the trick to keep me out of trouble. If you have found your way here from Instagram, or Facebook, or Pinterest, or anywhere else, I hope to hear from you, and I will do my human best to reply to you in a reasonably timely way!
OK, yep, that is definitely one exhausting list. (How do I do it, you ask?)