|Deonn with AccuQuilt CEO (Chief Energizing Officer)|
Steve Nabity and THE rolling pin...
|Just like Christmas!! A new Go! Cutter and Carrier|
|1) Load the die with up to 6 layers of fabric|
|2) Cover with a mat and wind through the rollers|
|3) Perfectly cut shapes!|
|4) Make a quilt!|
There was to be a Barn Quilt Unveiling party, with billboards of both the 1st and 2nd place designs installed on the AccuQuilt building headquarters for the next year. With my husband out of work, and a daughter getting ready to serve a church mission to Japan in a few weeks, I didn't think there was a way our budget would allow a trip to Nebraska. Just when I was feeling so sad about missing the big party, my dear friend Debbie Proctor called. The 4-H Extension Agent in our county, Debbie and I have taught/sewn/quilted together since the triplets started sewing in 4-H twelve years ago. "Get in the car," she said. "We've got to get you to Nebraska!"
|Nebraska adventures! Are we there yet?|
Clerk said it was a typo. Should read: YOU ARE NOW HERE!
|Deonn and Debbie with Eleanor Burns!|
|Meeting Eleanor at the 2010 Sew Expo, Puyallup, WA|
|Photo © Daniel Galvis|
|Deonn with Diane Harris of Quiltmaker|
|Karen Selken talking about her designs:|
Go! Winter Bliss, Storm at Sea
and Chitter Chatter (free downloadable pattern HERE)
|Deonn, Debbie and Kathleen with Lee Nakamoto |
Heber Valley Quilters in Go! Green.
Lee said we did a good job of brand marketing...
|Lee Nakamoto, (Orchestrator of Consumer Intelligence)|
|Go! Baby winners!!|
In conjunction with the Unveiling Party, AccuQuilt put on a 3-day Go! Retreat, hosted at nearby Country Traditions quilt shop. 72 quilters from 27 states were treated to a catered breakfast, a welcome from the CT staff and AccuQuilt team, then began our classes. We learned all about the history of the company and how to use the provided Go! cutters. We learned to make the Drunkard's Path blocks, then got to try all of the dies for Go! and Go Baby! fabric cutters. See some fun pictures HERE.
|Drunkard's Path blocks|
Debbie and I both finished our lap-size quilt tops, then she cut out shapes for a Baby's "Touch and See" quiet book while I quilted my Drunkard's Path quilt on one of the store's longarm machines following the Unveiling party, just in time for Sew & Tell that evening. It was amazing to see what folks have created with their AccuQuilt cutters! More pictures HERE.
We were also treated to a real treat with desserts from All My Brownies from across the street. She spent about 20 minutes describing her luscious desserts, and we nearly fainted just from her mouthwatering descriptions! 72 quilters in a room full of chocolate...
But the night was far from over! In an amazing Oprah-like moment, Steve Nabity had his crew come in with armloads of Go! Baby cutters, one for every Retreat Attendee!
See the video HERE:
We're all going to name our Go! Babies "Steve"!
But wait, there's MORE! On the last day of the retreat, we were again given special treatment: An exclusive barn die, custom made just for us! Leslie Main, store owner of Country Traditions, designed a pattern for a Go! Barn Banner, and gave each of us a copy, plus a kit of fabric to make it. Then yet ANOTHER gift - a little USB with all of AccuQuilt's downloadable patterns. Our cups were truly full! And still a whole day to sew or shop or do whatever we wished, with mini-classes on binding, grain of fabric, EQ design, how to machine quilt, etc. I quickly made the binding for my Drunkard's Path quilt using a Go! strip die, then stitched it to my quilt. Debbie made another quiet book.
We got in the car, ate a brownie, got a picture of a barn ↑ in need of a barn quilt... drove to Lincoln Nebraska to visit the International Quilt Study Museum for a few minutes, then headed West (yes, it was into the sunset...). I finished hand-stitching my binding somewhere on the road through Wyoming.
What an experience! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, thanks to Debbie! New places, new techniques, fun and prizes galore! The very best prize? New quilting friends at AccuQuilt, Country Traditions and from across the nation!
Now about that rolling pin... stay tuned for more adventures!