Yes, I got to sneak in a visit to Mt. Rushmore. I flew into Rapid City, SD to teach 2 classes there. I then needed to drive 5 hours to Bismarck, ND, to teach 2 more classes, so I took a quick trip to visit this incredible monument. It is really breath taking and an amazing accomplishment. Here’s a link to info about the history of the park. For example, did you ever wonder why those 4 presidents? Or how long the monument took to construct?
Some of the walking paths were closed, since it was early in the season and right after a huge snow storm. Even with the paths closed it was worth the trip. Warning-there is not much around that area besides the tourist town of Keystone. There are a number of small amusement type venues that kids seem to love. You know the types of places-kids love them and parents feel like they must have been very bad in past life to have to spend more than 5 minutes there.
That corner of SD is ranching country so lots of wide open spaces and you certainly don’t want to put off filling your car with gas as the next gas station (or anything besides a solitary house) may be more than 100 miles up the road.
It was an interesting trip, with the visit to Mt. Rushmore and I taught a class in the town of Buffalo, SD, population 380! It was a great group of hardy gals and I may be showing my bias, but they were some of the nicest students I have had the pleasure of having in my class.
I also taught a class in Rapid City and the sponsor of the class- Anne from Quilt Connections bought me a roasted carrot tahini grain bowl from the Great Harvest Bread Co. restaurant, which was delicious. Other than that meal, healthy food was a bit of a challenge until I got to Bismarck. However, Bismarck has a small food co-op called BisMans and I was able to get the salad bar there with a tasty tofu dish on the side.
In Bismarck, I taught 2 classes at J& R Vacuum and Sewing. Cindy and Jim are the owners and they are wonderful people that are very involved in the local food bank, donating both their time and a percentage of their store profits.
I love these bobbin holders for storing my bobbins.
However for times when I just need to bring one or 2, these small hair bands work great for keeping the bobbins from unwinding in my bag.
After much long neglect, I have decided to once again try this thing called blogging. If nothing else it will be good for me to keep track of my travels teaching for SVP Sewing Brands (Singer-Viking-Pfaff). I will try to add some sewing tip/info to each post. So far this year I have been to Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Tennessee. Also I would like to keep track of where I have found healthy, whole food, plant based foods. This is to help other travelers (and myself for future visits to those places). Small towns and airports are often especially challenging.Road Warrior Healthy Eating Tips
My general strategy once I land is to find a Whole Foods or other large health food store. If they have prepared foods as Whole Foods does, I get dinner to go. If not then it is often a crap shoot/challenge. Ethnic restaurants are sometimes the best choice, but they also often utilize too much oil in their cooking. Steamed dishes at a chinese restaurant, mexican food, hold the cheese & meat, and Thai foods are usually available in even small towns.
When All Else Fails
Since I teach full day classes I bring a shaker bottle with a pea based protein powder, mixed with dried greens to my classes. I then add cold water at lunch time. I get these powders at my husband’s chiropractic office. I also bring a container of ground flax seeds to add to my oatmeal that I have almost every morning at the hotels’ buffet breakfasts.
Did you know that you could do machine appliqué circles and decorative stitches with a simple attachment? Take a look at this video using my Designer Epic sewing machine in sewing mode. Many brands of sewing machines have these optional attachments.
I was recently interviewed on the Just Wanna Quilt Podcast. The interviews are part of a large research podcast run by Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a Tulane law professor. She is researching copyright in the quilting space and she interviews people from all walks of life that are involved with quilting. She is a very good interviewer and her podcasts are great to listen to while sewing.
I am now, in addition to being certified as a Martha Pullen Beginning Sewing Teacher, I am also a certified BurdaStyle Sewing teacher.
Above is a picture of the last project that I did for BurdaStyle.
The pattern is for a cropped jacket, but I wanted something a bit longer so I added to the length of the jacket, front and back, as well as my usual need to lengthen the sleeves to accommodate my longer than average arms.
The embroidery was done before assembling the jacket and is from the Premier +2 software that I use for machine embroidery.
Here’s a picture of the jacket inside out so the lining is viewable.
I recently went through a bag making obsession that lasted about 18 months. I read bagmaking posts on Facebook groups, took related Craftsy classes and joined the Bag of the Month Club and made bags along with the group and a local friend. That obsession has passed but I thought I would post some of my bags while I still have some of the photos.
Currently I am finishing up the BurdaStyle Certified Sewing Teacher Course. So far the assignments have not been so "photographically" interesting, but I have some ideas for the next assignment that hopefully will be worth posting.
I started a sewing blog a couple of months ago on my old hosting site-JustHost and they have been having technical difficulties for the last 2 months. Yes, it has been 2 months. Consequently I am starting all over again and also learning WordPress along the way. Progress may be slow…