So why share stuff when it's not "good enough". Well it encourages newer quilters to see that not everyone is making complex masterpieces. One of the things I appreciate about the "sharing" I see in quilting blogs is that it eliminates the direct comparison aspect of a face-to-face gathering. Seriously, I've never seen anyone during a guild "show and tell" "shouted down" for sharing a simple quilt. I also think it stimulates conversation between members, it generates interest and enthusiasm for quilt making, and that keeps the group vital. Quilting blogs generate the same interest and enthusiasm through the "comments and replies".
I moderated a group of traditional quilt makers who wanted to develop a more creative approach to their craft. One of the requirements of the group was to enter a judged quilt show annually. At first, most were very reluctant, but today (13 years later), I notice that most of the group enters our regional judged show as a matter of habit even though the group has been disbanded for a couple years. They have grown to enjoy the benefits of participating in the show, not to mention the "free" pass for this six week long exhibition.
So here's my sharing for the week!
This is my only start for the month of January and my finish for the week! (Look Mary Ann, I finished a totebag -- you weren't expecting that!?!) It's the Cross Town Carry Regan's Bag by Marlous Designs (www.marlousdesigns.com). Totebags aren't my favorite project but I got through this one in fairly short order and it is designated as a gift!
And here's a full view picture of my 6-pointed star sampler, Pieceful Constellations. I've been posting little peeks of it for the past month holding back until after the judging for the Lake Metroparks Farmpark Quilt Show. I apologize for the boring setting (it's my work wall) -- I've since read a terrific post about photographing quilts (http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.com/2014/01/sewing-with-certainty-6-showcasing-your.html) and will do better in the future.
This quilt was so exciting to make and I'm thrilled with the results. It was completely inspired by quilts that other quilters graciously shared. The original inspiration is the marvelous Candied Hexagons quilt made by Kerry Dear in 2007 in Australia. (If you've never peeked into that rabbit hole, google "candied hexagon images" and be prepared to get lost for an hour or so!) Kerry's quilt has without a doubt triggered hundreds of quilt makers to tackle all things "60 degrees".
Armed with Marti Michell's Template Set G (hexagons, 60 degree diamonds, and relatives), a big assortment of fabric, and the technique for chain-piecing through set-in seams which student, Mary O'Keefe shared with me, I happily cranked out a couple dozen stars in a short time. (Kerry's original quilt was also made and inspired by the cover of Marti's template set which is a scramble of blocks that can be made with Set G.)
I will always be grateful that Janet shared her lovely quilt because it inspired me to go back to the work wall with a new vision. The "constellations" were a happy accident of moving the stars around and standing back and moving them some more and standing back again. I was astonished with the ideas that presented themselves right through to the end of the quilt. It was so much fun to make this quilt but without the sharing of Kerry Dear and Janet Shannon, my quilt would not have been created.
To continue the sharing, I offer workshops to help quilters begin their own 6-pointed star sampler -- have workshop, will travel!! And in March, I hope to begin to host a "sew-along" based on Pieceful Constellations through this blog. Investing in my DVD workshop, Set-in Piecing Simplified, will help you prepare to participate in that!
By the way, did I say it took a blue ribbon at the show? Wahoo!!!