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Happy New Year!

2 Jan 2007

And a blessed one I hope it will be for everyone. I don't have any new year's resolutions, except to make efforts to spend more time in my studio and less on the net. (My guess is this is a common goal for many of us.)

After my father passed away last fall, I wanted to engage myself in a positive, cathartic activity (and learn something along the way), so I signed up for the Kemshall's Creative Sketchbook course. I finally spent some time this past new years weekend working on the first module, and am enjoying the design exercises immensely.

In other news, now that many of us are stuck indoors for the next few months, had you given some thought to participating in our Quilting Arts 2008 Calendar "A Novel Idea" Challenge? The receive-by deadline is Friday, March 9th. Even if your quilt is not selected for the calendar, by participating in our challenge, it lets our editorial team familiarize ourselves with your artwork to see if we can feature your work in an upcoming issue of Quilting Arts. Hope you'll participate!

Warm wishes for a joyful new year,

* Two stamps in this mini-journal page courtesy of Artgirlz.

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Jane LaFazio wrote
on 2 Jan 2007 11:37 AM
wow, that kemshall's course looks fascinating. I hope you'll show us your work as you go through the modules. Ten modules! Good for you, Pokey, taking on a chunk o' challenge for 2007. You are a brave girl indeed, and I applaud you! Happy New Year back at ya! Jane
Sue Bleiweiss wrote
on 2 Jan 2007 4:03 PM
That Kemshall's course does look like it would be a great experience. It would be great if you could share your work as you go through it. I've toyed with the idea of taking a C&G course but haven't done it yet.
Shelley Gaines wrote
on 3 Jan 2007 2:47 PM
Hi Patricia & Happy New Year to you too! I too hope you will show us more of your work in Kemshall's course. I enjoy your magazine so much because everyone shares their process & techniques, which are great learning tools for a beginner like me. The only courses I have taken are by Jane LaFazio who lives in my area, and she is featured in your current CPS mag, I can't wait to see it! She is a fabulous teacher!!! HNY2007!!!
BJ Reed wrote
on 7 Jan 2007 9:14 AM
Good luck with your course Pokey! At the end of Dec. I received my C&G Diploma for Patchwork & Quilting.I am the first even to complete all three online courses with the Kemshalls, can you believe, from the countryside of PA. They featured my student exhibition on their site. It has been an exciting journey over these last four years.I'm sure you will enjoy the same.
Siri Schulerud wrote
on 11 Jan 2007 1:34 PM
I have admired the work of the Kemshalls for several years, and read the article about them in Quilting Arts with great interest. However, I did not quite make the connection with their online classes until reading your blog, Patricia. Thank you ever so much - two days ago I signed up for Level 2 P&Q! BJ's work is very exciting, by the way! - Happy new year from Siri in Norway.