Friday, February 24, 2012
That Next One
I realized recently that there is something about a quilt, that is entirely different from everything else that I sew, and not just how its made. But I regard a quilt as such a different event, it occupies my mind in a completely different way. I never know what I might be about to sew next, whether a skirt, or a bag, or a pillow, or fixing Nicolas's backpack as I did yesterday with seconds to spare for him to catch the bus. But with a quilt, I seem to hover on it mentally for a while before I begin. I compose internally for a good while before setting out to make. I always know which one is next. It is an event- making one- isn't it? Small or large its a save the date taped to the wall in your mental creative space. Flipping back through my iphoto events this morning I came across this little one Eleni started early last summer. I realize only now where my triangular love of late began. With my genius little pumpkin. I have the girls' quilts almost all planned now (imaginatively), and have now decided that Nicolas and Joseph each need one too, as I am about to work on their rooms this weekend. I haven't done that for them yet- make a quilt- not specifically for them anyway. Where the time will come from I am not sure, but in my head the quilts are really beautiful already.
I am chomping at the bit to publish my free pattern for Patchwork Prism (sponsored by Janome), but we are waiting to get the video for it entirely edited, loaded and ready too, which is any moment now, literally. Hopefully for sure by next week. Do I keep saying that? But once that's up, I will also share more about teaching that pattern in Sacramento- such a lovely day.
On the quilting horizon, I do have two for-sures to share with you, near and far, that I am beyond thrilled with:
* I will be in Spokane in two weeks to teach the Patchwork Prism class again. Lovely Carrie of the wonderful TopStitch shop invited me a few months ago, and I've been excited ever since to see that part of the country! Come see me there if you can! I'll be doing a talk on Friday the 9th and then we'll start the workshop that evening, and continue into Saturday. Visit their website for more info! What should I do on Saturday night in Spokane? Any good restaurants to recommend? I was hoping to get to Portland as well, however I need to get my rear back home and work on my book.
* And this is a ways off, but I am so honored to be speaking and teaching at the inaugural conference and show, QuiltCon, about this very time next year which is presented by the Modern Quilt Guild. I think this show is such a necessary and wonderful retreat for all those who make these days, and I can't tell you how excited I am about not just the idea, but everything that it promises to be. Clickety on those links for more info.
Have a great weekend pals, whats your next quilt (dress, bag, pillow, meal, movie)?