October 26th, 2006 by Sonja

Today has been somewhat unexpected.  Earlier in the week I had been reminded by BiologyTeacher that there was a fieldtrip planned for the zoo today.  I really wanted to go.  But I was travelling uphill in waist-high water to get us ready for a much-anticipated trip to Raleigh for some hockey games.  This trip also involves seeing some family in Greensboro and taking some friends with us.  It’s complicated.  Yesterday I cried, “Uncle!” and declared that the LightChildren would go in the company of FlamingEwe and BiologyTeacher, but I would stay home and attend to details.
This morning even those plans went somewhat awry when (how shall I put this delicately?) a combination of potroast and cider that I ate for dinner last night revealed that it was a chemistry experiment gone bad in my digestive system.  I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.  Suffice it to say that I was not as productive this morning as I had anticipated.  Now I was also a bit frustrated.  If I wasn’t going to get to see the zoo, I’d like to have something to show for the day.

Do you have a hero?  Someone that you’d like to be like when you grow up?  I have a couple of heros.  One of my heros is a guy named Kaffe Fassett.  He’s a quilter.  But he’s more than that.  He has a way of looking at and using color that is musical, lyrical.  It’s like setting color to music.  He designs fabrics and makes quilts.  He uses traditional patterns in new, fabulous ways.   If there were any quilt teacher in the world that I would pick to study under, it would be him.

Several months ago my favorite quilt store announced that he would be coming and they offered 3 workshops and a lecture by Kaffe.  By the time FlamingEwe and I found out about it, the workshops were full and the waiting lists were yards long.  But we put ourselves on the waiting lists anyway.

The phone rang at about 2 this afternoon.  It was the store calling to say that there had been cancellations, would I be interested in one of the workshops?  “Um, what date again?”  Monday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 7  “How many spaces are in the Monday workshop?”  Three.  So …. in between reminding myself to breath because I kind of forgot, I signed up to take a class …. with OMIGOSH!!! Kaffe Fassett.  I can’t believe it.

I signed FlamingEwe up as well.  We’ll figure childcare out another time.  But right now I can’t believe my good fortune and I’m grinning from ear to ear.

5 Responses  
  • Mike C. writes:
    October 26th, 20063:04 pmat


  • phreaq77 writes:
    October 27th, 20069:23 amat

    VERY cool… sorta like going to hockey camp with Mario or guitar school with B. B. King or taking in a writer’s workshop with Wendell Berry… or … or …

    Congrats! Have fun.


  • aBhantiarna Solas writes:
    October 27th, 20069:28 amat

    YEAH!! All of that! I’m sooooo excited … I just want to take out my KF books and drink it all in. I never thought I could do this. I get to breath in the same air space as someone who is this creative … I hope some of it rubs off. :-)

  • kate writes:
    November 1st, 20062:41 pmat

    How fun for you!!! VERY cool. Can’t wait to see what sorts of creative explosions result!
    I guess I’m glad I didn’t have any cider. :)

  • Ravine of Light » Feelings … writes:
    July 29th, 20081:46 pmat

    […] off-line and so I haven’t been on my computer as much recently.  Some of you may remember a quilting class I took almost two years ago?  Well … yesterday I finally finished the quilt top.  Almost.  […]

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