Phoenix AQS QuiltWeek 2014

New shoes and ugly carpet could only mean I am sitting in an airport ;-)
  Last week was a big week for me.  A couple of firsts happened.   My first solo trip, my first teaching gig and my first time judging in a quilt competition.  To say I wasn't nervous is a flat out lie, seriously.  Who chooses this? was better than I thought.  Read on. 

My small little airport. 
 I have decided that flying isn't all that bad.  I don't plan on living in fear for the rest of my life, so I said a prayer to ask for comfort while I traveled, plugged in some seriously calming music on my iPod and I was good to go.  It was tough leaving Clint and the kids though, they pulled at my heart strings as I said goodbye Monday morning. Lili was bawling as Clint pulled out of the garage, it was so sad.

Monday night was lonely.  I didn't talk to anyone, but I did have a lovely view of the city buildings from my hotel room.  It was beautiful. 

Tuesday was a bonus day and the start of this great week.  I picked out my favorite shirt for the week and headed out early to be a part of judging for the quilt competition.  That was fun!  I was able to see all the quilts before the show started and I was part of picking out the Best of Show.  What a task, but it was fun and I felt more at ease with my upcoming teaching after I left. 

I had my own classroom all week - it was all "official" with the sign.  

I was able to meet some amazing ladies, I could only get five of them in this picture.  They put me at ease and we had the best time in the classroom.  I can not thank them enough for taking my classes, they were so good to me. 

After the first classes, I felt more at home in the classroom and I realized how fun it is to teach.  I didn't realize that this is where I would be headed with my quilting, but I am so grateful that I get to teach what I love to do.  

I had a great time with Elaine Brelsford, Executive Editor for AQS Publishing.  It was fun to chat with her and she helped me feel at ease when I had to get in front of the camera.  I was taped 3 different times and that was new to me, I know there will be a very long blooper reel of me being ridiculous that hopefully never surfaces - fingers crossed ;-)
 One of the best parts of the show was being reunited for a moment with my Queen's Cross quilt.  It is making the rounds throughout the AQS QuiltWeek shows in the Author's Exhibit, so I haven't had this quilt in my possession for a long time.  It is a favorite of mine and I just loved seeing it hung up so beautifully.

  After a very long show I was able to put my feet up for a minute.  It was amazing.  The week went so fast, I am happy to say I had only one, very short breakdown (because I missed my family) on Friday. Being away from them for a week was tough, but we made it through. 

I had the chance to go through the show book and saw my quilts pictured on the AQS QuiltWeek page.  This was a total honor!  Thank you AQS!!

  The best part of the week was getting to know the other instructors.  I have made some lifelong friends and I feel so blessed to have gotten to know Linda and Melinda.  They are two very talented women!  I met some other great instructors but sadly didn't get pictures with them.  Next time for sure! 

I made it home.  I almost missed my connection in Salt Lake City.  I literally ran from gate C to E and had one minute to spare.  I felt like I was in a movie and everyone was watching the crazy lady running in the airport.  I was so excited to be home though and didn't care one bit that they were watching. 

Seriously, there is no place like home. 

February 14, 2014 by Judi
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