When my January newsletter arrived in your in box, I was packing for my trip to India. This one finds me teaching in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and when I leave here, I'm heading to the AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix, Arizona. It's no wonder I keep finding myself humming the old Willie Nelson tune, "On the Road Again."
My trip with India Quilting and Textile Tours was wonderful. I had a lovely group of fellow quilters accompanying me as we toured parts of India where most tourists never go. We visited several villages in the far western region of Kutch known for their huge quilting
and embroidery traditions. Most amazing was the opportunity to go into the villages
The village children loved seeing the digital images of the photos I took of them.
where the cottage industries are keeping their intricate handicrafts alive. Their work can be found in shops around the world, often in high-end boutiques. Everyone was so friendly and the women were beautifully dressed leaving us feeling a little drab in our practical neutrals. I will be going back to India, this time with Sew Many Places
, next October. Maybe you can join me then.
Back here in the Studio, we have two exciting new quilts to premiere this month including our Block of the Month quilt for 2014, a fabulous new tote bag, advice for those who wish to hand-piece while traveling, and a great time-saving quilt tip.