Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SO excited!

I know I've been absent from this space for a while now. As I've mentioned before, a slowdown in posting to my blog is usually indicative of how crazy the other parts of my life have gotten. This time is no exception. We've been dealing with gross, nasty, icky sicknesses being passed from child to child for the past 2.5 weeks. Work has been crazy busy with some pretty major org changes, business travel to Chicago (sorry to all of my Chicago quilting peeps, but every. single. moment. of my trip was scheduled), and the launch of a brand new website that's been occupying a great deal of my time.

But I did something today that I am just SO, SO excited about.

Have you seen this post on Heather Ross' blog? It turns out she will be teaching a 3-day fabric design course this July at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.

The class is open to 17 people.

And I'll be one of them. Eeeee!

This is something I've been wanting to learn for a while now, but I had no idea where to start. I've also been looking for a good reason to visit Portland for the first time, too. So when I read Heather's post, I knew I had to make it happen. And it's going to happen, thanks in no small part to my mother who is covering the cost of the course as an early birthday present. Thanks, Mom!

I'm dying to know if anyone else reading this has signed up for the course, too. If so, please let me know! Oh, and if anyone has any Portland recommendations (where to stay, where to eat, where to shop, etc. etc.), please do share.

I've got a few draft blog posts in the queue highlighting things I've made over the past month or two, so stay tuned -- I hope it won't be so long before I post again. Hope you're all having a great week!

35 comments:

  1. Congratulations John!! Lots of good things to come!!

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  2. oh, how exciting!! that makes me want to sign up, and i don't live that far from portland. though, i don't know photoshop so that would a problem. :(

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  3. oh John you lucky lucky man - how exciting! Enjoy, and get as much as you can out of this wonderful course...

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  4. Hey John! I am totally considering signing up - I guess I had better figure it out soon. My husband is all for it and helping me get going on Photoshop now too so I will let you know - this would be awesome! (And I know P-town pretty well -especially the dining aspect so I am happy to help you there!)

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  5. Sounds wonderful! I don't know if she reads your blog, but this blogger that I read is going...

    http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2010/01/23/heather-ross-in-portland-this-july/

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  6. oh how I wish I could go. But then I already make more designs than I can afford to have printed. (and I use Photoshop along with my original art to do it) Still I think it would be great fun.

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  7. That is so awesome! I wish I were going! This year is going to be a crazy one though. I can't wait to hear all about it. I'm like you - would love to go that direction but have no clue how to start.

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  8. That sounds very interesting! I've only been to the Portland Amtrak station, I'm afraid. It's very nice, though :)
    And I forgive you. :)
    ~ Jennie (a Chicago quilting peep)

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  9. how fun! I know that Amy at amyalamode is going

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  10. Lucky you! I think I'll look around Europe for a similar course - Oregon is a little bit far ;-) ...

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  11. Congratulations! I only wish I were going to be there. Have a great time, I can't wait to hear bout it.

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  12. How very exciting John! I wish I could make it to the course, but alas...

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  13. I see Dallas already let you know that I'm going. Very excited to meet you there! I sent you an e-mail with what I know about where to stay, etc. I'm trying to talk another blog friend into going as well. I'll let you know if she breaks down and signs up!

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  14. I am so thrilled that you signed up, John! Can't wait to meet you.... -Heather

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  15. I'm sure it will be an awesome class!

    Portland is a fabulous city. There's TONS of stuff to do and lots of excellent places to eat. I can recommend a bunch of really tasty happy hour / lunch / dinner places if you would like.

    I'm less sure about places to stay, since I live here... I don't usually put myself up in hotels.

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  16. Congrats, I am sure you'll have a great time at the workshop. How fun you are coming to visit our fine city!
    My must visits:
    Fabric Depot- It's huge- 1.5 acres. About half of that is quilting fabric. https://www.fabricdepot.com/
    Knittin' Kitten- A craft thrift store. It's fun just for a look, but I usually leave with something.
    http://www.knittnkitten.com/
    Voodoo Donuts- If you like donuts, they have a bacon maple bar that is soooo tasty!

    All of these are on the eastside (there is a VooDoo location downtown though) of Portland. If you are staying near the college downtown they are a bit of a ways away. A bunch of Craftster peeps also live here...

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  17. OMGosh John! How cool for you! You'll be in my home town... My husband and I have gotta take you out!!! Is your wife coming???

    Heather

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  18. Good for you John, and did you just see that Heather Ross herself just commented on here! Wow!!
    Have fun

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  19. I don't have anything constructive to say other than OMG, I am so excited for you!! Have fun and learn lots!

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  20. Congrats! I just finished a quilt top with her fabric and it turned out beautiful.

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  21. Nice website!! Open source computing rules!!! Both my machines run Linux. Lucky you getting into that fabric course. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  22. How fun! Yes, there are a lot of Crafster peeps in Portland, I see Kim already posted above! You'll have to hit us up for coffee if you have time, maybe I'll have finished my lap quilt from the Lap Quilt Swap! ;D
    --MareMare

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  23. I just saw this today and immediately started scheming how I could afford to do it! We'll see, I hope it doesn't fill before I can find a way!

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  24. OMG lucky you! This is the best news! Congrats on snagging a spot in Heather Ross' class! And Heather Ross herself replied to your post!
    and how nice of your mom too! What a great birthday present! Do you think the class is already full? I would love to sign up too! Congrats to launching opensource.com too! You rock!

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  25. What an awesome class. You will love that. And to go to Portland will be an added bonus. Can't wait to see your new projects when you post about them. Love & blessings from NC!

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  26. That mermaid fabric is beautiful!

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  27. congrats!! i'd so be game... but i have plans already for the same dates!! have lots of fun.. & take lots of photos to tell us everything!

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  28. Awesome John! You do know that we expect a full report from you when you return...

    Oh, and I'd love to be on the list for samples of Quilt Dad fabric too! ;-)

    Did you see that Heather Ross left you a message as well?!?! Crazy exciting.

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  29. That's very exciting. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  30. I am sooooo jealous!!!! You will have to document everything that you learn for your blog friends. :)

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  31. Hi John, found out about you through the FB post. I've never heard of a guy who loves to quilt, but I think it's pretty cool. Maybe someday I will give it a try ( as for some reason I still find it pretty intimidating ). What a treat it will be to take Heather's class this summer. I met her last summer & she's very sweet. Have fun!

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  32. OMG OMG OMG...This is so cool! I know ALOT of great fabric stores up there and you are going to have SO MUCH FUN!! What a cool class! I am on class hiatus with the baby and all, but YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT! I am very jealous, but in a way that wants you to have a wonderful time. I can't wait to hear more about it.

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  33. john i am green with envy, jade with jealousy, and so excited for you! i hope that you will learn a lot, come back and share it all with your quilt guild friends!

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  34. I just have to say, John, that I think you are a little slice of heaven. I just found your blog through Tula Pink (I think) and I've been "catching up" with you this morning. I haven't delved into much quilting (other than piecing a few tote bags and such) but I just may take the plunge!

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