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One of the highlights of my 12-days in Wisconsin was the time I got to spend with Nancy Blake—my student, fellow art quilter, chauffeur, organizer, hostess, and now friend. Nancy, pictured with me and her latest project above, was my ride to and from the Madison airport and to and from Woodland Ridge Retreat for my first week in WI. She also instigated and arranged the following 2-day class in Madison, WI.

I first met Nancy in a September 2015 Woodland Ridge Retreat—you can see her finished quilt, “Dinner Date With Chunk,” her grand-dog, in this Finish Line post. She’s been at each Woodland Ridge class I’ve taught at since then, either as a student, or working independently while helping retreat owner Chris Daly prepare their excellent retreat meals. This year, Nancy was in my first week-long retreat ( see last week’s post about that class), as well as the Madison class which she organized and offered to members of her small art quilt group, the Madison Contemporary Fiber Arts Group. gas vs diesel engine The photo above is the closest to a class photo that I got. Pictured are (left to right): Eileen Somers, Sue Buckingham, Tracy Rucka, Karen Silvers, Cindy Anderson, me, and Nancy Blake. They were all smiles before helping me gather and pack up my supplies at the end of class. These ladies then all made time to join Nancy and I for dinner at the Green Owl Cafe in Madison—home of the best-ever coconut cream pie—a melt-in-the-mouth nut crust vegan version to absolutely rave about.

The evening before the class began, I gave a lecture for the fiber arts group and Blue Bar Quilts, the quilt shop hosting the class. Blue Bar is owned by Gayle Boyd, who coincidently I met back in the mid- to late-1980s through Portsmouth Fabric Company in Portsmouth, NH. Gayle also owns one of the framed fish quilts that I made and sold at art fairs back then. How fun it was to see her again.

This class was a 2-day fish, bug, and butterfly class. 4 gas planets When giving a two day class, I limit subject matter to lessen the stress involved with choosing a subject, and to free up creativity with subjects that are quite open to interpretation. Through the years, I’ve found that you just can’t go wrong with a fish, bug, or butterfly—and you can have a whole lot of fun with them. Twice a day I’d gather the ladies around to demo and point out various examples of the fabric collage process.

Mostly I wandered through Madison’s Willy Street neighborhood, with little shops in old brick buildings and cute homes—many of them bungalow styled—where Nancy lives and I was housed nearby. I noticed that many neighborhood decorations were an amusing transitional mix of wilting Halloween pumpkins and newly hung holiday wreaths and lights. grade 9 electricity unit review Nancy and I were speculating if this lawn kraken was a year-round installation or not. She’ll have to let me know. Tom doesn’t know this yet, but I’m keeping this plywood and rebar creature in mind for garden art around my studio. (Shhh, don’t tell him.)

Thursday I was all prepared for a nice and easy noontime flight out of Madison. I was about to zip up my suitcases when I received a text message from United Airlines saying that my flight had been cancelled and rescheduled for the next day. Excuse me? Why? Sometimes I get so focused on my class that I don’t pay attention to the wider world—or weather reports. Apparently, a major snowstorm was bearing down on the Northeast. q gastrobar dias ferreira Huh.

The next day the snow was a little slow moving out of Portland, Maine. So when the connecting flight from Chicago began, the pilot told us we may or may not be landing in Portland. He’ll let us know as we begin the descent—Boston was the back-up. Lovely. But what can you do? The snow took the hint and we landed on time, on the one newly opened runway at the Portland Jetport. We had to wait a while on the tarmac for one of the two open gates to be available, and then there was luggage delay due to frozen luggage carts. But all was well, and as a bonus, Tom managed the drive to pick me up in the dying storm. I have to say Maine looked quite pretty with all that freshly fallen snow. And then I was home.

As a final addition to this blog post, one evening Nancy drove me through a holiday light display set up across the river from downtown Madison. national gas average 2012 That’s the WI State Capital building above, both lit up in the background and lit in display lights in the foreground. And in the clip below, my husband Tom, strung together a few of the short videos I took as we rolled through the show of lights.