Support Iraqi Bundles of Love with Fabrics

Feeling the need to stash bust in a hurry? Or maybe just to do some good where it’s needed? Send your excess fabrics and materials to Iraq through the Iraqi Bundles of Love project. From the founder, a military man stationed in Iraq: “Iraqi Bundles of Love is a short-duration project, set to last about six weeks, to surge fabric and sewing materials into the area around which I live in Iraq. It is timed to coincide with both Ramadan, and the departure of my units from Iraq.” Find out how you can help Iraqi “locals who desperately need such things, and local sewing co-ops who have received grants or loans (typically to purchase sewing machines, rent space, etc).” Visit IBOL and get your packages in the mail by September 7!

Take Time for You

When you’re traveling to a quilt show (or any other vacation spot, of course) make sure to schedule time for you—time to relax with a book, movie or some hand stitching, time to eat and drink properly, and time to exercise. By it’s very nature, travel takes its toll, and your immune system can suffer. Scheduling time for wellness, even during the busy quilt show schedule when you don’t want to miss a thing, will keep you on your feet and feeling fine throughout the trip.

BYOM–or Not!

When you’re taking classes at a large quilt show that’s close to home, you may want to take your own machine to class. Check with the show organizers before you BYOM (Bring Your Own Machine) though, because at some shows, machines are provided by manufacturers for classroom use during the show, and bringing your own machine into the classroom is not allowed.

Dying to Take a Class

If you’re really set on taking a class from a favorite quilting author or instructor, haunt their website. News of their travels will often show up there first, and if you don’t see a venue that’s within your travel range (or budget!), email the instructor and ask about their future schedule. Better yet, get with your program chair for your local quilt guild, or the owner of the local quilt shop and share your wishes. Maybe they can arrange for your favorite instructor to come to your area.

Your First Big Quilt Show

Planning your first trip to a national quilt show? There will be so many great classes on the schedule that you’ll want to register for every one, and it’s tempting to pack as many classes into your days as possible. Don’t do it! Be careful to leave breaks in your day, or only schedule half-day classes for most days at the show. It’s easy to over schedule yourself, leaving little or no time for shopping, admiring the quilts on display, or just taking a break mid-day so you don’t run out of steam before the show closes. Plan your schedule carefully so that you can experience a variety of activities—your feet will thank you, too!