Roadtrip anyone???

So, I’m thinking about a roadtrip this spring, perhaps in March. You know, just after Flock hits stores. What I’m thinking is that I’d love to go on tour and do some talks and workshops, whether they be fabric or quilting focused. I can go either way, and I love to do both. I’m finishing working on my spring patterns right now, and already have a couple of the tops done. It’s all really starting to come together, and I’m really hoping to get back into teaching after half a lifetime in academia.

So, it just may be time for a roadtrip, assuming I can work about a million things out. One thing I do know is my ideal route; want to hit some of my favorite cities and shops. This is what I’m thinking…


Home to Philly, to DC, to Raleigh, to Charlotte, to Atlanta, to Cincinnati, to Columbus, to Home. Sounds like a fabulous roadtrip. Now I just need to find places to teach, and figure out all the logistics and economics and everything. Ack!!!

So, if you have any advice on setting up something like this, or want me to come to your shop or guild please tell me now. I’m gonna need all the help and advice that I can get in figuring this out. I have a few places in mind, but have no clue about the ins and the outs and the nuances of doing this. Of course, I had no clue a year ago when I decided I wanted to design fabric either, so I figure I ought to just dive right in…

Now I just have to figure out how to swim… Help!!!


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16 Responses to Roadtrip anyone???

  1. 1
    Mary says:

    Well obviously you know I think you should hit up Intown Quilters. Lol. The Atlanta MQG meets there every other month. They had a class with Rashida there that was awesome.

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    Lindsay says:

    If you decide to de-rail and visit Indianapolis, our modern guild would be interested! In Columbus, I’d recommend the shop Sew to Speak or talking to AnneMarie with

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    Hi Thomas!

    I am the newly elected 2012 Vice President of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild in Knoxville, TN. We will be starting our third year soon and we are in the planning stages for next year. We were talking about having some workshops and speakers and it would be wonderful if we could set something up with you, if you decide to take this roadtrip. Since we are between Atlanta and Cincinnati, it would be wonderful to have you stop by and visit, teach, speak or whatever you would like to do.
    I stumbled upon you new fabric line Pear Tree just a couple of weeks agopp and I just love it. Our guild secretary and I would love to use some of your fabric for a possible challenge in our guild, because we think it is so cool!
    Anyway, there is a branch of the Modern Guild in Nashville and Chattanooga and we could possible combine if they wanted to participate and you needed a large group. There are also a number of shops that might like to participate or sponso if we need to do that also. I am sure we can gather some great interest.
    Please let me know if you would be interested. We would love to have you join us in Knoxville!

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    mjb says:

    It looks like you’re plan is “near-ish” to me in VA, but I’m not very involved with any local sewing shops or folks. But I’ll try to come visit if you end up nearby!

  5. 5
    Karen says:

    I think you forgot to add your midwest road trip segment 🙂

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    Cindy Wright says:

    Sounds like a blast. If I had a shop, I would totally invite you over. All of this, getting started and not knowing what the heck you’re doing, is rough, right? I have so many questions and know no one in the business. Well, good luck with your venture.

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    So glad you are coming to Charlotte! I hope you’ll come speak to our guild- we can do a workshop or a talk or whatever you would like to do. I am happy to see if the quilt shop We’re Sew Creative would like to be involved too as one of their owners is a CLT MQG member. Just let me know what you are thinking and we’ll see how we can work it out.
    BTW, i LOVE Flock!

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    Julie says:

    i see you are driving through Rochester NY. well you should stop, thats where there is a great LQS called “Sew Creative” in Fairport. who would probably be interested in hosting you? you should contact them. i would love to hear you talk.

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    Jennifer Overstreet says:

    Columbus(OH) has a lot of great shops with big class room spaces to teach. I would recommend contacting Quilt Trends, Red Rooster, The Glass Thimble, Quilt Beginnings and possibably Sew to Speak. I have all the links here in a previous post of mine:

    Good luck!

    • 9.1
      thomas says:

      You know I want to come to Columbus, my old stomping grounds. I love the heck out of Sew to Speak, but will have to look into the others too…

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    Dani S says:

    try to go to Mary Jo’s fabric in N. Ga. it is a fabulous place to buy and pet the fabric.

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    Andrew J says:

    Philly Modern would love to host you! Let us know when you start to work out your plan details and we can certainly set something up.


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