For showgoers and clients who visit me at Quiltfest Jacksonville in September, please note that I'll be offering appraisals on Thursday and Friday, but I will not be available on Saturday. I have to be in New Mexico Monday, and I'm driving, not flying. Even though I've been known to fly in my car, I can't lessen the more than 1600 miles we have to go to meet our timeline. If you know ahead of time that you want a quilt appraised, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can work it into the two days. Also be aware that the delivery of the completed appraisal will take a little longer than normal, as I'll be gadding about Cowboy Country for about two weeks. Thanks!
I hope you will take the time to click on a few pages and learn about quilt appraisals, look at some really wild quilts, and just enjoy your moments here.
I'm a true Gemini, so you get "twin" websites in one here. The first is for Teddy the Certified Appraiser and very serious business person. The second is for Teddy the quiltmaker who marches to the beat of a different sewing machine. I like to work with old worn out things I buy in thrift shops. One of my friends says I shop in places she would only go into with rubber gloves and tongs, and I admit to keeping antibacterial hand cleaner in my car. But I have such a heart for the women who came before me, the women who worked so hard to find a few moments to make beautiful things for their families. Perhaps it was a crocheted doily, a hanky with tatted edges, an embroidered dresser scarf, or a stack of quilt blocks they never got around to setting together. These are the fragments I gather and I find great joy in giving them new life. As you look at the quilts in the galleries, you will spot the vintage pieces.
It's time to make an announcement I've been thinking about for a long, long time. As of January 2015, I am beginning to clear my calendar of lectures and shows. I've cut my shows down to a few that I've done for many years and where I have many faithful clients and friends. I've worked my way through all previously scheduled lectures. And why? Semi-retirement of a sort, I suppose, I've been doing this for nearly 25 years. But the truth is, I simply must write a book. A younger, brighter, more "together" person would be able to sustain all the travel, appraisals, lectures and prep work and still write a novel, but I've been unable to do so. I've come to realize that, upon my death bed, one of my greatest regrets will be this book that was never written, so I have decided that 2015 will be the Year of The Book. Wish me luck!