Sunday, June 6, 2010

Good Bye

As I write this people are having breakfast, packing up their things or heading to their final lecture or class.  NC Symposium 2010 is almost over.

The final night of Symposium was the Iron Quilter  event.  It was crazy!!
The audience wore chef hats.

The judges were Elin Waterston, David Taylor and Laura Wasilowski.

The iron quilter contestants were Karen Stone and Robbi Joy Eklow.

The other teachers had a front row seat.

The atmosphere in  "kitchen stadium" was electric.  The iron quilters were up  all kinds of hi jinks....silly string and whipped cream!!  The judges turned out to be comedians. It was fun and crazy and let's just say that "What happens at Iron Quilter stays at Iron Quilter"

From all of the Symposium committee members here in Charlotte, we want to say thanks to all of you for coming to our Symposium.  We hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back to visit our beautiful city soon.

Happy quilting!
Rhondi Mullins

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Machine and Supply Check

Don’t want to tote your sewing gear back and forth between the
dorm and the Academic Center?

Then perhaps you would like to leave your belongings in the  Academic Center before or after class, including overnight, in a secured CHECKROOM located on each workshop floor. Similar to a “coat-check,” you may leave your items and retrieve them at a later time by returning the check ticket provided.

These rooms will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 8:00 am to 9:00 am Sunday. All materials must be picked up from this checkroom before 9:00 am Sunday, June 6.

Someone asked a question about the beds. They are regular twin size.

Happy qilting. see oyu soon!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sheets Towels Pillows

Just a reminder.....bring your own sheets blankets towels and pillow.

 All that is provided is toilet paper.....These are college dorm rooms.


We don't want our parking lot to look like this .......

So I have a few things that are important for you to know

We have been able to lease a nearby parking deck.The parking deck is the best option for full time boarding students. It’s so close to where you will go in to class.  You can leave your class supplies in your car until Friday morning and pick them up on the way to class. The deck has a security card and the lights are motion sensitive – there’s always light, but it goes to bright when you get close, so you’ll feel like a star being followed by a spot light as you walk thru the deck.

The deck costs $1 per 20 minutes, with a max of $10. If you drive in Thursday and don’t leave the deck until Sunday, it’s still only a max of $10 – that’s $2.50 per day. The first 100 cars with full-time boarding students will be given a voucher to park in the deck for free.

The parking lot where registration is, will only fit a few cars (like 30)   So when you arrive we will have people there to greet you. You will to drop off all your stuff  and we will keep it secure while you go park and then come back and check in.

Click here for more information about parking.

See you in a couple of days.
Happy quilting!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Getting Our Rooms Ready

Yesterday was check-out at Johnson & Wales University. Students were showing their parents around campus, saying goodbye to friends, carrying boxes, students and parents were loading up their cars to head home for the summer – and to make room for us!!

We talked to the team at JWU Residential Life and they were already making plans to get the rooms ready for our event.

See you soon and happy quilting

Monday, May 17, 2010


Are you getting ready for symposium? 

We have a great list of vendors so you might want to bring a little extra spending money.....

Annie's Keepsakes

The Quilting Nook

Quilt Patch Fabric

The Quilter's Gallery

Overall Quilter

QBee Quilts

Thimbles by TJLane


YLI Corporation

Quilt One Smock Too

Textile Treasures

Quilter's Loft Company

Sew Much Fun!

Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics

Schoolhouse Quilts

Fiber on a Whim

Grand Bazaar Fabrics

See you soon and happy quilting,

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Getting ReadyTo Roll Out The Red Carpet

Good morning quilting friends.  Sorry I haven't posted lately.  I've gone back to work full time and I'm finding it a challenge to balance everything else in my life!  I am in real estate so if you know someone who wants to buy or sell a home, I'd love to help.

Here in Charlotte we are excitedly working to get all the last minute details organized for our Symposium. A few of us are meeting this morning to get the final details "ironed " out for the Saturday night event, which is going to be a lot of fun.

We want all of you to have a wonderful time here in Charlotte and plan to "roll out the red carpet" while you are here.

Johnson and Wales is in the city. There are lots of restaurants  nearby and the center of uptown is just minutes away, an easy and safe walk from the campus.  If you've never been to Charlotte before I know you will enjoy it.
Happy quilting and we'll see you soon!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Getting Closer

Here in Charlotte we are getting very excited about Symposium.  It's getting close now and we are all busy working to make sure that your time here with us is a great one.
See you soon.

Happy quilting,

Monday, April 5, 2010

Getting Closer

Several of us toured the facilitites at John and Wales the other day.  I wish I'd thought to take pictures....
It is a great place to have symposium. 
The food in  the dining area smelled good.
It's just a short walk from the dorms to the dining room and classrooms.
There are lots of large "common room" areas with WiFi to hang out in.
Everything is state of the art. You can control your own A/C in your room.
The classrooms are very spacious and very well lit.
Only 2 months from now and we'll be there!
Can't wait!  How about you?

Happy quilting, Rhondi 

Saturday, March 20, 2010


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful first day of spring. Just wanted to let you know we are having some technical difficulties getting the confirmations out. 

Some went out but they weren't correct and will have to be resent.  Others haven't been sent yet.

So, please be patient with us. Someone is working on the problem right now and hopefully it will be fixed soon and you'll get your confirmation.  Thanks!

Happy quilting, Rhondi 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Classes Filling Up

Just wanted to let you know that we are beginning to send out confirmations of registration, so if you haven't received yours yet, it will be there soon.

Many classes are full.  There are lots of great classes not yet full, so if you are still trying to decide  which classes you want, don't delay too long.  Click here to see what is still available.

Happy quilting

Thursday, March 4, 2010


We just got our first look at the shirts we had designed for NC 2010 Symposium and I know when you see them you are going to want to get at least one!  They are really good quality.

They come in khaki and there  are 2 styles to choose from.  Aren't they great?

The long sleeve are 55% cotton and 45% polyester and they have a nice soft feel to them.
The short sleeve area100 % cotton knit and are really nice too.

The logo was designed by Karen Ponischil, a member of the Charlotte Guild. Here is the logo on the long sleeve shirt.

This is the logo on the short sleeve.
The shirts are $25 each and you can find order forms for them on the Symposium website.  Just click here.

Happy quilting,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Some Classes Are Full

Good morning quilters.  
Here in Charlotte we had our first taste of spring on the weekend and it was wonderful.  As I write this I wonder if we are going to get that wintery mix that is forecast for today.

Registrations have been pouring in and a few of the classes are already full.  So if you are planning to register I would suggest you do it soon.

The following classes are full:
  • Kim Diehl  Bittersweet Briar
  • Karen Eickmeier  Happy Villages
  • Ellen Anne Eddy  Dragon Fly Sky
  • Velda Newman both workshops
  • David Taylor  Advanced Pictorial Workshop

I will try to keep you updated weekly on classes as they fill up.

Happy quilting!

Monday, February 22, 2010

We're Going To Have Fun

If Laura Wasilowski is any indication of the type of teachers we are going to have at our 2010 NC Symposium, then we are  in for a real treat!  Laura was our featured speaker at the Charlotte Guild meeting in February.  She is extemely talented and gave a very interesting, funny and informative lecture.  She ended it with this original song.  Just thought I'd share it with you.

Nothing could be finer!!

Happy quilting.
See you at symposium,

Friday, January 29, 2010

The race to the post office is about to begin.
On your mark..get set...go!

Today is the day you can mail your registration packages.

I heard that one postal worker who was late for work couldn't find a parking spot due to all the women lined up to mail their registration packages this morning :)  just kidding!

Happy quilting,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Registration Forms are Online

Registration forms are on our website today!!

Click here and it will take you to the website.

If you are receiving one on the mail, it should be there by now also.

Remember you can't mail them until Friday January 29 :)
Happy quilting!

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's In The Mail

"It's in the mail".  You've heard that before.   Maybe you've even said it before.  It's that thing you say to avoid getting in trouble when you should have sent something but have put it off for whatever reason.

Well, it really is "in the mail". 

The registration packages have been mailed and you can view them online January 26, which is the day we anticipate they will arrive in your mailbox. 

Only 6 more days until you can mail them in!

I would love to see your reaction when you see the center page in our registration book. You're going to love it!  As I said before, I don't know how you will decide which classes to take because they all look so fabulous.

Happy quilting!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hot Off The Press

Our 2010 symposium met on Saturday and we all got to have a sneak preview of the registration booklets.  Here they are, hot off the press and are they sizzling!!

I'm going to show them to you but don't tell the committee...shh...

Oops, upside down!

And wait until you see the inside... sorry, can't show you just yet :)

Only 11 more days until you can mail your registration forms.

Happy quilting,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sneak Preview

So what does bread have to do with symposium?  Well I'll let you in on a little secret. Can you keep a secret?  We have something very special planned for you!  Here is a page out of our registraion package.  Don't tell anyone I told you because no one is supposed to see the registraion packages until Jan 26. secret...   

Johnson & Wales is an incredible facility and we have created an amazing opportunity especially for you. Join Chef Peter Reinhart, recipient of the prestigious James Beard award and author of five books including American Pie, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, Whole Grain Breads and Artisan Breads Everyday, as he demonstrates a variety of bread-baking techniques.

 Both of these classes are exclusive for quilters, and he will be demonstrating in the high-tech amphitheater, Hance Auditorium. Each class is followed by a tasting reception and book signing.

CHEF DEMO #1 • June 4, 2010 • 2:30-5:30pm • Artisan Breads

This class focuses on new baking techniques for making artisan-quality breads without monopolizing all your time! Learn methods utilizing refrigeration as a way to slow down fermentation, allowing you to make doughs up to four days in advance of baking.

Demonstrations of favorite recipes from Chef Reinhart’s latest book Artisan Breads Everyday will include French-style hearth breads, chocolate babka, sweet dough turned into three variations (cinnamon sticky buns, crumb cake, and fruit-filled breakfast rolls) and golden challah.

CHEF DEMO #2 • June 5, 2010 • 2:30-5:30pm • American Pie: Making Perfect Pizza

Chef Reinhart shares the art of making pizza and focaccia with recipes from his best-selling book, American Pie: My Search For The Perfect Pizza.

Experience authentic Neapolitan and Ligurian recipes that you can easily replicate at home, such as the Classic Naples Margherita, Focaccia a la Genovese, and others. Using an array of toppings, including smoked cheeses, meats, and caramelized balsamic onions, will allow you to create customized pizzas to please every palate.


There is a Premium Lecture Fee of $25 for each Chef Demonstration; this additional fee applies to all students.

If you are not a full-time student, the lectures are purchased thru the Day of Fun Ticket.

You will need to purchase a Day of Fun Ticket to cover the base lecture fee, in addition to the Premium Lecture Fee.
Pretty exciting isn't it?
Until next time,
happy quilting,
* The photo of the bread is just off the web.  It's not chef Peter's bread.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Getting Closer!!

The countdown is on!!

It's almost time to register!!

January 29 is fast approaching!!

More than 10 women have been been writing, compiling, reviewing, proofing, editing, drinking lots of coffee and hopefully eating lots of chocolate as they double and triple checked the 100s of details...  just for you!!

The registration book has been turned over to the printer and IT IS GORGEOUS 

We have so many wonderful things planned for Symposium 2010!!

Are you getting excited? 

It's almost time to register.

I know you want to get your registration in as quickly as possible so you can be sure to get your #1 class choice.    I don't know how I will ever decide my first choice because they all look fabulous.

We are on schedule to have it in homes and posted on the web on January 26.

Completed Registration Forms can be mailed back to NCQS 2010, postmarked no earlier than January 29.

The countdown is on...only 13 more days until the forms will be online and in your homes.

Happy quilting, Rhondi

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Time to start some new projects.  Don't we quilters love to start something new, all those new fabrics to chose from?  Forget all those fabrics that we once loved that are sitting in our stash.   A new year deserves new fabric, right?

I found a  great article in Quilting Daily about Carol Taylor.  I'm sure you will enjoy getting to know her a little bit more .  She has a video that looks great too!

Carol is such a talented artist.  Here are some samples of her work that I found on her website.

Blue morning



Registration pakets will be out soon!

Happy quilting, Rhondi