A little British Fun and Keeping Christmas

Me and my Union Jack quilt

A few fun little announcements. Fat Quarterly (the online quilting magazine) has hosted a Quilting retreat in London during the past two summers. They just announced the teachers for the retreat this summer and guess who is going: Me!!!! Woohoo! I about died when I saw the list of others who will be teaching. They have n fantastic line-up this year. Including the amazing Jen Kingwell.  I feel a little like a
poser in comparison. I may have a Wayne and Garth “Not Worthy” moment when I get there.


BUT I’m beyond excited and still pinching myself a little bit. I still can’t believe that I’m going to visit my favorite city in the world – London. Plus I can hardly wait to meet some of my UK peeps in real life. So much to look forward to! EEEeeek.

In other random, and British-related fun – I found out that Love Patchwork & Quilting generously featured this blog in a little blurb in their latest issue. (Pardon the picture quality. I pilfered this pic from Lori Holt who was kind enough to alert me.) What a lovely thing! Thank you Love Patchwork & Quilting!

Love Patchwork and Quilting is a relatively new quilting magazine out of the UK that definitely feels fresh and modern. To give you an idea, Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew made this quilt for last month’s issue. If you want to check it out, LP&Q is offering a special trial subscription of 3 magazines for only $10. Details here.

And in other random, less-exciting news. Christmas is 5 days away. Holy Moley. This month has been crazy. I think I am finally getting my act together, but my front room looked just like this for 2 weeks. 

Many projects are simply not going to get done, but I have wanted to make a tree skirt for our bigger, family-room Christmas tree for years. This is the year I am bound (har, har, no pun intended) to get one done. Think anyone will notice if it still has binding clips on it? (I found the red dot fabric at Ikea last year. My friend Monica did the stippling for me.) Hopefully by Monday it will be officially finished and I’ll post some better pictures.
I’m trying to do a better job to not getting harried by all the “to-do” lists of Christmas and just enjoy the moments. Yesterday was the Elementary school Christmas concert and my girls piano recital at a nursing home, interspersed with waiting in line for 45 minutes at the Post Office and trying to finish Christmas shopping. Fortunately the spirit of the sweet, musical moments dominated the other mundane stuff. And even in line at the Post Office and some other stores, I was touched by the cheerfulness and generosity of my fellow-folks-in-line. Three cheers for the best parts of Christmas.

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    December 20, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Wow, how exciting, Amy. I happy for you. You deserve this honor for all your hard work in all: your family, sewing, etc. etc.

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    December 20, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Sooooo jealous that you're going to the FQ Retreat! Have a wonderful time! : )

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    Southern Gal
    December 20, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Congratulations! Lovely tree skirt.

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    Swedish Scrapper
    December 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Congrats! I went to FQR last year and I was blown away! I hope I get to meet you this(next) year then!! AND Jennifer Kingwell….. Whoa.

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    Katy Cameron
    December 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Yay, I'm sure you'll have a ton of fun! I'm sorry I'll miss you though :o(

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    December 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Congrats! Really doesn't surprise me though!

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    December 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Look forward to meeting you at the retreat-how exciting

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    December 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Yes…I about squealed when I saw the FQ announcement and you get to meet my pal Jo Avery too….so freaking jealous. But I think I have to pass this year with our girl coming home and hopefully make it to Sewing Summit this year…you ARE going to be there right?:)

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    December 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Oh, lucky you, Amy! How fun and congratulations!

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    December 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Amy, I'm so excited for you! You'll be wonderful! I bought the first installment of my ticket this morning in hopes that I can make it work. I'd love to meet you. I'll also be flying from SLC.

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    December 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    You are definitely the genuine article. Congrats to you on your many achievements! Can you squish me in your suitcase for your trip to London?<br /><br />xo -E

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    Afton Warrick
    December 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Perhaps superglue jingle bells to the binding clips to disguise them with the holiday decor.

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Congratulations Amy! You will have the time of your life! I would love to go to FQ retreat someday.

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    December 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    OHMYGOSH!!!!! AMY!!! You Lucky Lucky Girl! What a FUN time you will have! Congratulations — that&#39;s SO exciting!!! I&#39;m thinking you should take me along to carry your suitcase LOL!!!!

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