Fast forward to 2011...My Year of Quilting!...
I admit 2011 was off to a rough beginning when my Brother XR-65 died.
|May You Rest in Peace in Sewing Machine Heaven|
|Happy birthday to me!|
|Before: My humble little sewing space|
|After: My quilting sanctuary!|
|Many invaluable lessons/tips were learned in this class|
I also plunged into the quilt guild community by joining not just one but two local quilt guilds. The quilt guild meetings leave me feeling so inspired and anxious to get back in front of my sewing machine! While I greatly enjoy the guest lectures, and participating in guild meeting activities, I love connecting with fellow quilters who are equally passionate, creative and resourceful, and seeing their beautiful works. I find the workshops a great value to further explore the guest lecturer's technique and making it my own. I also overcame my fear by getting up during the show and tell portion with some of my finished quilts (and very surprised to later see them published in the monthly newsletter!!).
I am always searching for new sources of inspiration and technique. Considerable time has been spent poring over the many quilting books checked out from the local library, and from my own personal quilt library which has grown many thanks to local used bookstores and Amazon! I even have a few treasured books signed by the author from classes/shows I've attended. Many weekend road trips incorporate or center around visiting some quilt show and new quilt shops throughout northern California. I used to walk around feeling inspired, but very doubtful I could ever replicate such masterpieces. But now, I feel empowered and ready to tackle such ventures and add my own twist when the time presents itself. I love visiting the various shops and show vendors hunting down beautiful new fabrics to add to my stash, or new tools & patterns.
And for those who like stats...here is my own personal score card:
14...wall hangings/table runners
3...baby sized quilts
7...full sized quilts
3...assembled quilt tops awaiting quilting
5...quilt shows attended
?!?...$ spent! Eek I don't even want to think about it!!
I can't wait to find what new quilting adventures await in 2012!!!