Life is full of opportunities, situations and considerations that require us to make choices. We make them based on our experiences, emotions and ideas. One of the things I love about quilting is it allows me to make choices based on how I feel without devastating results to anyone else. It is exciting to stand at the junction of decision...which fabric to choose, what line to follow, what shape to make. At the crossroad opportunity is present as I deliberate and move forward relying on my instinct. It is chance at work, that quirky element of hap-en-stance that creates individual style. My motivation is simple and was coined by a character on a tv show the other night who said, "I make it, look at it and am happy." That simple. When I make something I can see I feel good...regardless of what other people think.
I was recently most flattered to read a review of my book on yarnstorm by Jane Brocket . Funny that someone I admire but have never met could find the essence of what is important to me about quilting. Her review revealed the thread that binds us together... that as quilters we feel, sense, and understand each other without even meeting. Is this what draws us back to the berth, the home... the quilting chair? I hope so because it is important to feel connected to other like minded people. On the other hand, I recently heard a comment that was derogatory. The person wondered "who I thought I was" and why anyone would want to listen to me lecture or read my blog. It is not impossible to imagine that people think I cabbage on or have ulterior motives. Thing is, in a world of do unto others I choose to try and assume the good intent of others until proven otherwise. It isn't always easy. So when I heard this comment and although the intent was negative it didn't hurt a bit. I don't think I am anybody. I am passionate about what I do and how I do it and more importantly I ENJOY sharing it. Can't fake it. If you like what I do, thank you, most appreciated. If you don't like it, read someone els's blog for ideas. I won't mind a bit.
The last weekend was full of deadlines and commitments. On one stage my youngest started his basket ball season. It's been a while since I have been able to connect with his sporting life. First game of the season started out with an awkward shuffle that soon turned into a real effort as they found their feet and the basketball hoop. I also had a chance to chat with some other moms from the school which I haven't done for a while either. It was fun to talk boys!
Then I headed to the shop for the delight that is Sue Cody. Busy fingers were working a mess of fabric bits into real works of art in gellato colors of fussy cut applique, piecing and hexagons. Sue is a considerate teacher with well thought out methods that produce rewarding results.
The people in her classes work in tandem with her ideas but manage to bring their own ideas into the mix as well. Win. Win. Win. If one can put this much effort into a label imagine what the other side of the quilt looks like!
Then on Sunday I sank into the space of my sewing room for some deadline work. Class samples, thinking time and writing a bit as well as cooking, groceries and chatting with my boys. All good. The week that follows swallows up the days as if they never existed. What happened to Monday?
In Stash to Treasure we are getting to the time of year when quilts are nearing completion and the class show and tell session is full of cheers and exclamation! Helena started this quilt a year ago and has made steady positive steps toward getting it all together. Only a few more blocks to go. The mix of fabrics is really nice and the use of stripes and pattern adds a layer of interest.
Lynn's Garden Party is now a blended background and the flowers went up for contrast afterwards.
Megan showed us the borders she has made for her version of Flower Garden on Reece's shot cottons. Sheer genius. The applique is beautiful, the fabrics well chose and the result is beauty.
How about the rhythm of these half square triangles? Anne has steadily but surely been putting them together in perfect harmony. It is a discipline!
Anyway there is heaps more but I have already been home, on the bus and at work! Yikes...talk about mastering the multi-tasking lifestyle! Enjoy ...k