Just wanted to give a special thanks to Nancy Nehez for taking some of the great photo shots from classrooms and around the event. She is a pretty hot photographer here in Williamsburg. Some of her outdoor shots are being added to the yearly Williamsburg Calendar. ThanksContinue Reading →
Just a quick update . . . it is well past 1:00 am on Registration Day. The phones have finally stopped ringing and emails are quieting down. WHEW! I think I will try to get some rest, and be ready for the flurry tomorrow. There were a few hiccups, but all in all I want to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all that successfully registered today for their patience and perseverance. You will be rewarded with hugs and chocolate at the Sign In Desk. Quilters (and specifically appliquers) are the BEST!!! Registration was hectic but fun . . . there are several classes that are already full and closed. Happy dreams . . . . .zzzz . . .
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! A day when we celebrate our nation’s independence. It occurs to me that a relatively small group of men, with passion and commitment for their cause, ultimately convinced a nation to follow their lead. How impressive is that! And how similar to us (The Academy of Applique) a relatively small group of women with passion and commitment for our cause; that of practicing and spreading the love of appliqué.
Ever since my boys were little, I was known as “The Quilt Lady.” I think I have worked with more classrooms (in school and church) sharing my passion of quilting, than fireworks celebrating the 4th. Sharing the history of this art form, and watching the pride in the students upon their completion of a “handmade” project; gave me hope for the future of this generation. I LOVED working with the kids (and now have a greater respect for actual teachers). Kids from the “immediate gratification” and “the world owes me” generation, opened their minds, if only for a bit, to the values of a previous generation. How wonderful! Do you have a similar past?
And then, at some point, I found appliqué. This offered another layer of the art form for me. It is ANYTHING but “immediate gratification,” but I love the hand work. I love feeling that I am creative (although I use commercial patterns), I love the process, and I love the feeling of pride upon completion. I talk constantly about what project I just finished, what project I am going to start, and what project I would ultimately like to accomplish. I talk about teachers, designers, and hero appliqué’rs. Those that know me, at work or at play, know that I am an Appliquér. Do you share the same credentials and your passion for this art form?
To keep this passion, commitment, and art form alive . . .and in honor of the 4th of July . . . the Academy of Appliqué offers this “SPECIAL:” Invite, coerce, drag a new attendee to the Academy of Appliqué in historic Williamsburg in 2016 and receive $50.00 off of both your and the new attendee’s tuition. I am convinced that once they experience the Academy, and see your works as well as those of our nationally known teachers . . . they will be hooked. The goal is to increase the number of followers to our cause and art form – appliqué. This can be ANYONE that did not attend the Academy this year (2015). The offer is valid for main academy classes, or Add-A-Day classes. The offer can be “stacked” – if you invite two new attendees you will receive $100.00 off of your tuition, and each of the new attendees will receive a tuition reduction of $50.00 each.
Help spread the word! And again, Happy 4th of July!
Currently in Progress..
How has your summer been going? Mine has been wonderful . . . and busy. The Academy of Applique has been such a fun and rewarding journey. I finally have the opportunity to combine by business acumen learned over MANY long years as a Finance Director, and my “hobby/obsession” quilting, and specifically, applique. Everyone has been SOOO supportive – there are not words to express my thanks to everyone. Friends and Attendees have helped me distribute literally tens of thousands of marketing postcards. The reception has been terrific. It is fun to watch marketing cards be sent or delivered to a specific area of the country, and within days, multiple sign ups on the website from that area. How exciting. The teachers, too, have been most gracious and sharing of their experiences, thoughts, and time. They truly are an amazing group. I want to send a special THANK YOU to Nancy Kerns and Teresa Jones for helping me through this first year, and letting me bounce ideas off them. You girls ROCK!
Business Woman and CFO
Owner academyofapplique.com, business woman, CFO, and active applique fanatic. It's time to bring applique to the next generation of quilters and preserve this art for future enjoyment.