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"Warp Speed," 52" x 52" designed and pieced by Dana Jones, quilted by Rita Meyerhoff.

Packing for two weeks of teaching and speaking in Illinois proved a challenge as I'm taking a sewing table to my sister who has just started quilting. It filled a lot of space in my car. Everything I need to teach, speak and stitch over the next few weeks had to be sandwiched in around it. I don't think I can squeeze in even another yard of fabric so no quilt shop stops for now. I brought along my latest quilt, "Warp Speed." I need to bind it while on the road because I must deliver it to Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum as soon as I'm home later this month. It was accepted for the museum's upcoming exhibition, Logs on a Roll/Log Cabin Quilts, which open mid-April.

I was the one on a roll today, logging 723 miles from my Colorado home to Des Moines, Iowa. I stopped briefly in Akron, Colorado, to admire a colorful windmill, pictured at left. I stoped to fasten the seat belt around the stuff in the packed front seat when the weight sensor decided someone must be sitting there. A bin of food and a cooler got safely locked in to stop the beeping.

I'd planned to drive interstate highways for speed but grew bored around Fort Morgan, Colorado. I left I-76 for U.S. Highway 34 through northeast Colorado into Nebraska. I'm always fascinated by that part of my state and surrounding states, which are dry-land farming territory, aka, Dust Bowl country. I was reminded of Nebraska's tourism slogan, which I love: "Nebraska: Honestly, It's Not for Everyone."

An historical marker along Highway 34 told me know I was traveling along the Old Texas Ogallala Cattle Trail.

Critter sightings today included a sizable gathering of elk close to my home and pronghorn in eastern Colorado.

If you've taken my Demystifying Design for Foundation Paper Piecing class, watch tomorrow night for an email with links for this week's Demystifiers Club meetings. It's been a long day, so I'm heading to bed. I want to be fresh for the rest of my drive to northern Illinois.

I'll be blogging as my time allows from now through the end of the month. Watch for news of several upcoming classes plus my quirky notes from the road.

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Nineteen folks enrolled in my "Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" class today at International Quilt Festival in Houston, and they were an exceptionally delightful group. Several had never foundation paper pieced, and this is not a beginner's quilt but they were fearless. By the end of the day, you would have thought they'd been foundation piecing for years.

Their work was beyond good. Thank you to all in the class for making today among my best ever teaching days. It was an honor to be with you, to quilt with you, to laugh with you, to enjoy six hours pursuing our passion. Great day!

"Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" quilt, designed

by Dana Jones

We worked on Elna eXcellence 780 Plus machines in our classroom today and yesterday. These are quiet, smooth running machines. There wasn't one issue with any of the 20+ machines in the classrooms. Our Elna educator, Sam Fong, was superb.

I'm pleasantly exhausted again tonight. I will give a lecture tomorrow before saying goodbye to Houston for this year. It has been a good experience. I've learned a lot and met so many wonderful people. I've had the chance to connect in person with several folks I've only known online. Those experiences have been a joy. Among these folks is Linda Marcinowski. A quilt she recently completed is pictured below. I have enjoyed knowing her and seeing her work online for some time now. Linda, thanks for stopping by my classroom to say hello.

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Today was a good day in class. Eleven folks signed up for my "Geese Over Manhattan" class at International Quilt Festival in Houston. They came ready to stitch, and stitch they did for six hours. I suspect they're tired. I know I am so tonight, just some photos from class since I will teach "Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" for six hours tomorrow.

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