ArtBus Quilting Across America
It is with humilty and deep gratitude that I am asking for your help. Without you, my Art Bus Quilting Across America mission cannot move forward, literally.
The Art Bus was traveling happily with no problems down through central Georgia, carrying us to quilting friends and classes in Florida, when we were suddenly struck with an engine failure on I-75 outside of Macon, GA, shortly after rush hour on Valentine's Day.
I was able to safely manuever the Art Bus to the shoulder of the freeway after the oil pressure guage indicated a total loss of pressure and before the engine died. The good news is, we believe that the engine quit due to a safety switch that would prevent it from running itself to literal death.
The bad news is, as of 10 AM on February 15, we have not had a mechanic diagnose our problem yet. I am sitting on the sofa, waiting for our second tow, and third tow truck. The towing is a story in itself! We do have an authorized service center in Macon that is awaiting our arrival and they can look at our problem today.
I want to thank Billy for recommending CoachNet. They were great and dispatched a police officer to assist us immediately because we were not in a safe place. The police officer was quite insistant that their tow company be used because emergency road side services never seem to get a tow out quick enough and "you can't be on the side of the freeway like this." I negotiated with CoachNet to pay for the police's preferred providor and they arrived quickly. Unfortunately, they were not familiar with towing a vehicle like ours so several hours attempting to get it towable ensued. They managed to break the handle on the side of my entry door, too. Ugh. Well, in a twist of irony, the police's tow company had to leave us on the side of the freeway. They moved us off of the shoulder and onto a steep hill beside the road. It felt like the coach was going to tip over onto its side from the steepness of our perch. What a thrill to lay there in bed, rolling hard to the right when two tractor-trailers would pass by us at the same time. Talk about wind gusts!
CoachNet sent out a mobile mechanic to fix the air suspension problem that the first tow company claimed made the Art Bus untowable. Turns out, there was no problem with the air suspension, just the people attempting to tow us. Again, I thank CoachNet for picking up the mileage and service call charge. I only had to pay for two hours of labor and the very nice gentleman who did the service took pity on me and only charged me $85 out of pocket.
CoachNet sent out their preferred towing provider, who arrived at 4:15AM. He had no problem getting us towed the two miles down the road to the Pilot truck stop where we now sit, awaiting his return. It was such a relief to get off of the side of the freeway and onto level, safe ground!
We do not yet know if we will be able to stay in the Art Bus on the lot of the bus repair facility, so hotel expence might very well ensue. I have estimated out of thin air what I think I will need to help pay for the repair to the Art Bus and will update that as I gain more information.
In the event that more funds than are needed to repair this problem are raised I intend to use them to purchase an extended warranty that will cover problems like this that may arise in the future.
I have two large hands-on classes scheduled near Dayton Beach, FL this month that I desperately need to get to and pending events in North Carolina and Virginia. I deeply appreciate the generous help that you can extend to help me get back on the road and Quilting Across America! I look forward to welcoming you into my home, the Art Bus, for coffee and a good visit when I am in your neck of the woods.
I was thrilled to enjoy full-to-the-brim hands-on workshops at the Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild of New Smyrna Beach, Florida on February 28, 2017. My students were filled with enthusiasm to improve their machine quilting skills and we had a delightful though exhausting day together!
I was able to finish up a quilt that I design, pieced and quilted for my dear friend Rick and I am putting the finishing touches on creating a pattern to share with you all. Homespun Stars has taught be a lot about the effort that goes in to creating piecing patterns and I have mad respect for pattern designers. Mine turned out to be an enormous file!
For those of you who are interested, Homespun Stars is available for immediate download on my website at http://www.nicholewilde.com/store/p37/Homespun_Stars.html
Thank you for your continued support of the Quilting Across America Tour! Together we are taking Random Acts of Artwork to new levels of exposure!
I have this incredible group of deeply caring friends that watched over me and did the best they could to keep me alive. There are too many to name. As I sit here and write about them and my heart overflows so do my tear ducts. I've always been a crier, lol
I love you all. Thank you for loving me back when I really needed to be loved. Thank you for supporting me in so many ways. I am here today, happy, thriving and making a positive impact in the world because of your love and genuine caring and I am so grateful. True Care IS the revolution we need. You all exemplify that!! Thank you!
Today I find myself exceptionally grateful for Michael. As the Quilting Across America Tour is taking off with a vegence my traumatic brain injury head is rattled by the organization of it all. I am really grateful to Michael for helping me with navigation, scheduling and contracts.
I have had so many wonderful responses and invitations to visit! If you are interested in having the Art Bus stop near you, please fill out the Art Bus Stops form that is on the home page of my website www.yesyoucanquilt.com . The response has been so great that either I or Michael will be in touch with you to discuss adding your neighborhood to our itinerary.
Florida, Georgia and South Carolina... we are looking for you! We are available for stops in those areas from now through May 1. We won't be back on this side of the nation until 2019 at the earliest, so don't miss out!
The Quilting Across America Tour is completely friend supported. We do not have any corporate sponsors, which means we can speak freely! Thank you for your support! You are the change by showing True Care! We love you!
Art Bus Tour plans are clicking right along and I am working on quilting up my Homespun "Feathered" Stars Quilt (my own design). I've been asked to write a pattern for it, so be sure to look for that soon!
We are in Palm Harbor until Saturday when we will venture off to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I will be attending the AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach March 1-4. I hope to see you there!
Thank you for supporting me and the Art Bus and the Quilting Across America Tour! I look very forward to quilting with YOU!
Our Georgia Adventure appears to have been a big blessing in scary disquise... the repair seems to have doubled the fuel economy in the Art Bus! BONUS!!!
I will be teaching two workshops on the home sewing machine in New Smyrna Beach, FL next week and will be available for classes and workshops and visits in Florida through March. www.yesyoucanquilt.com to connect with us!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help and support of our mission! Together we are promoting human creativity, community and quilting as an art.
Nichole and I can not express how overwhelmed we are to see so many people care enough about Nichole's dream of cross-country quilting! We are still stuck in the RV yard in Macon, Georgia, however, the good news is the mechanics are just now getting around to looking at it. Hopefully, it isn't to bad and we can be back on the road soon! Thanks again for all the love in this time. Nothing grows a relationship like being stranded in an RV yard with your love! We are making good use of our time! See you on the road. Mjuch love!