I taught the Hidden Treasure Tote for the Asheville Quilt Guild last week and had a great time. The ladies enjoyed learning how to put zippers into their totes and so excited to see that they actually unzipped!! I think everyone had a great time getting to know each other and learning a new technique. Thanks to the guild for inviting me.
My husband, Mike, came along on the trip with me so we could celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary in Asheville, NC for a few days after I taught class. I had a crazy idea to go zip lining while we were there. A friend of mine is planning on going in a few weeks for her husbands birthday and it got me thinking that it might be fun to do. Now, if you don’t know me, let me tell you that I am NOT an outdoorsy type of gal. My idea of camping is an air conditioned RV with dinner in a restaurant. My children and husband thought I had lost my mind when I told them that I wanted to go zip lining! We went to a place just north of Asheville called Navitat Zipline Adventure and it was a blast!! It lasted 3 1/2 hours and there were 10 zip lines, 2 repells and 2 rope bridges. You are placed into a harness and hooked onto the guide ropes the entire time so I never felt afraid that I would fall. Here is a lovely picture of Mike and I all harnessed up and ready to go. Mike took a video of me zipping so we could prove to our kids that us old folks actually did it. I would highly recommend this to you and I would do it again in a heartbeat!!
The other EXCITING NEWS IS …(drumroll please) I have been published in a new magazine. The magazine is called Sew-It Today and it is put out by Valu-publishing and sells for only $3.99. It is a very nice magazine with glossy pages and not a lot of ads. The editor asked me to design a backpack pattern for this issue and wanted me to use a camouflage fabric that she provided for me. There is a full page photo of the backpack and 3 pages of instructions to make it. It even made the cover (circle) as they call it. Off to the side of the cover there is a small window with a picture of my backpack. Very exciting!! Here is a link to the website where you can order a copy. http://www.sewittoday.com/
This company also has a magazine called Quilt-it Today for the same price and has lots of great projects in it too.
Sounds like we’d have a lot in common. Not being the outdoorsy person, I tried zip lining in Sevierville, TN last year and had a blast. I bought the pattern for The Professional Tote about three years ago when I was “camping” (my idea of camping is the same as yours), in Canada. I was checking out a quilt shop in Banff and they had a bag made and the pattern right there next to it. I loved it and bought the pattern. I have to tell you, I have made so many of these bags now and every one is absolutely beautiful. Would love to share some pics with you if you’re interested. Now, I’ll have to check out the backpack pattern…it looks very interesting.
I was just in Sevierville, TN this weekend for a wedding and saw all the signs for ziplining and wanted to go again, but we didn’t have time. I did manage to go the the local quilt shop, The Cherry Pit and it was a great shop. Please send me pictures of your Professional Totes I would love to see them. Laura@thecreativethimble.com