It seems like it's been ages since I've posted a blog...it's been just about that long since I've been home! One friend just emailed me to make sure I was okay...she hadn't seen anything posted for awhile.
I'm happy to report that I'm alive and well having just returned from teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I have a couple features that I'm going to be posting this week so I have some cool stuff to share! I wanted to start with this post first and then end with the positive ones a bit later.
I always like to keep my blogs on the positive and inspirational side but feel very strongly that this blog needs to be shared with all of you. Several other quilt instructors told me I needed to share too.
If you have been a student in my classes or extended workshops you are fully aware of the amazing quilted samples I have in my classroom. I spend hundreds of hours every year creating samples for my students to enjoy, fondle, take pictures of, etc. There's nothing like a good visual for teaching. I am very generous in my classroom and trusting as well. I tell everyone to enjoy the samples...but PLEASE don't take them home.
Unfortunately at a recent engagement one of my samples "went home" with somebody.
I wanted to talk about this publicly as I know this is a problem in other teachers' classrooms as well as quilt shows. It seems I am always hearing about quilts disappearing from vendors' booths during shows and we hear about the occasional quilt that disappears from quilt shows or quilt shops. It's always hard for me to imagine that a fellow quilter could do such a thing as they KNOW how much time and effort goes in to creating a quilt.
My class samples are not masterpieces by any means and I can create another sample to replace the one that was taken. What this person doesn't realize is that she compromised my classes for the next couple of months until I can scrape enough time together to create another sample. It's the lost time and the lost trust that hurts the most.
I am going to continue to share my samples as I have in the past as I feel it is wrong for my future students to pay the price of what was wrongfully done to me in a past class. I wanted to share this with all of you so that everyone could be aware...
Enuf said...off to bigger and better things and watch for some cool things coming up!
Big Hugs, Cindy :)