This week we are so excited to have Laura Childs as our guest blogger!
She's been sewing all her life and got bitten by the quilt bug in the last couple of years. Her zest to continually learn and improve is always inspiring at our monthly meeting show-n-tells. Originally from the Chicago area, we are proud to have her in our Dallas guild.
Laura is currently working on lots of wonky projects, especially wonky log cabins with fussy cut centers! Some of her favorite fabric designers include Joel Dewberry, Aneela Hoey, Sarah Jane, Jay McCarroll, and Tina Givens.
Here are just a few of her projects, be sure to check out her Flicker photostream to see even more!
|Wonky 9 patch in sunny yellow|
|Pink and brown pinwheel pattern with striped sashing & trim|
and 4 attached toys at corners
|53"x53" quilt using Central Park fabric by Kate Spain for Moda|
w/ Amy Butler border
|Fabler fabric from Ikea; Slideshow pattern|
I don't have a blog, but if I did, I'd like to name it The Impatient Quilter, which is kind of an oxymoron since we all know patience is a necessity when quilting, but it best describes my hurriedness to want to finish what I'm working on and start something new. I'm not very loyal to the current project!
I can never be satisfied with enjoying the moment and the process. This brings me to the to the topic of this guest blog: patience and enjoying the moment.
Raise your hand if the following situation describes you...someone is sharing a quilt they just made (whether at a guild meeting, show-n-tell, blog, or home). The first thing you do is go 'ooh' and 'aahh' right? But then your mind takes over and you start to analyze the quilt, sometimes out loud, sometimes just in your head.
"Look at those seams...wow, those are perfect matching points...isn't that the fabric from the so and so collection?...I wonder what that pattern is...how long did it take her?...did she quilt it herself?...what if it was done in different colors?...could I create something that difficult?" And so on and so forth.
Is your hand raised? Mine certainly is! I recently discovered that I was missing the opportunity to simply enjoy the end result--a beautiful quilt--of a lot of hard work, creativity, and love. I scolded myself. Enjoy the moment! Enjoy the spirit of the craft. Enjoy the choices made. Enjoy the person's effort. Just enjoy the quilt!
It's hard to turn off an analytical mind, but I believe there is a benefit to directing your mind to see--to really see--what's right in front of your eyes and to observe the totality of it before deconstructing it. Tell your mind to be patient. There is plenty of time to explore it later. But allow yourself to absorb the quilt.
So please join me in the challenge of taking a deep breath, looking and seeing the quilt...and purely enjoying it! You know the expression "stop and smell the roses"? Alter it a bit, and just stop and see the quilt.