To be honest, I am always grateful that my life takes me to so many places and it is with great pleasure that I share these things with those of you that follow me here. It seems like a long time ago now but only last week I joined The Beach City Quilters for an evening meeting followed by my lecture.
Although I always think I won't be nervous before a talk there is always an element of fear when the moment arrives to start talking. In general, I wonder just what the first words will be! Looking out at the quilters one wonders what I might have to say that would interest them. Sitting in the BCQ meeting I was overwhelmed by a group full of enthusiasm and great ideas. There were many things that resonated with my own desire to be part of quilt groups and the fear subsided. It occurred to me that we gather because we love to gather and share our common threads. BCQ had a very impressive assortment of philanthropy (charity) quilts on display that night.
They also had a fun Christmas block of the month on display that was designed by members, mystery packages and events coming up that made me want to move my shop to the area!!! In April they do a tour of members sewing rooms...volunteers of course...open their doors for groups to come in and see where they sew. Now for some that would initially sound frightening but I love the idea of getting to know the whole quilter...how she organises her space, tools and fabrics to make what she makes. We often know each other in our groups and classes but it sounded like a nice way to round out a friendship based on common interests.
So, with a slide show and a few carefully chosen quilts I did my thing hoping that my voice would tell a story of the individual quilter that I am...the story each of us brings when we take up the craft. Traditional, modern, self taught or raised quilting...we are all different and isn't that interesting! I very much enjoyed my experience with this group. The following two days were workshops. The first was Out of Line:
First, I have to say we had a FANTASTIC workshop space with each person having their own table and plenty of design wall space...this is living!. Johanna had all the details taken care of and the day was full of creative energy and happy chats.
There is a certain level of anxiety when teaching quilters that I don't know personally. Each time is a leap of faith that I will communicate clearly to a group of talented quilters with lots of skills. However, as the day progressed and everyone got busy making their city scape it turned into a day of discovery. Hearing their ideas and seeing them come to life was satisfying. Their inspirational photos were varied in subject matter and style from artists renderings...
Some people got stuck into their process straight away and some changed along the way but I think they were all concentrating on the mission at hand and gathering steam all day.
The results were as varied as the individuals on the day...then it was home to rest the weary brain...translate...visit the local Mexican restaurant for a feed and margueritas!!! Then onto the Modern Wedge workshop. Nearly every time I teach a workshop people say after my intro that they brought the wrong fabric. This is NEVER a problem as all fabric is simply an opportunity to use it to the best advantage. In this class there were those with huge collections and those with a limited collection and fabulous results were achieved around the room. Some had worked with wedges and some hadn't but at the end of the day the walls were filled with exciting combinations and ideas.
I look forward to seeing these projects finished some day! Thanks to Beach City Quilters one and all for having me...it was a pleasure to meet and work with these quilters as well as those in Phoenix at The Bernina Connection...Travelling and meeting quilters in their spaces always inspires me with ideas for when I get home...I may be the "teacher" but I am learning all the time.
As much fun as it is to travel and see things for the first time it is always makes me smile to put my head down on my own pillow, under my favourite quilt of the moment and sleep in my own bed at home. It is not perfect here but it is where we live most of our days and most days are just fine. My head is currently filled with images of travel as the routine of life takes over. Having said that, the "routine" is examing in close detail all the wonderous things that have been started, progressed or finished while I was a way in the busy hive of Material Obsession!
Do you follow me on Instagram? I have loaded up lots more photos from travels and the shop there for quick messages. My tag is: matobsgirl .....follow me to see good things!!! k