Meet Marsha Meeks
I have been quilting for about 25 years, but nothing shook my world like attending my first meeting of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild at the Half Price Book Store in 2011. I actually had a visceral reaction - when you start salivating, you know you have stumbled into something good!
What I love about the Dallas modern guild (having been a member of as many as four guilds at one time) is that the members are open to learning new things and considering anything. They are not bound by rules, not haunted by thoughts of the Quilt Police, and they are almost universally encouraging and supportive of their fellow quilters. I appreciate it that no one holds it against me that I am almost 100 years old (well almost). I love Show & Tell and the activities, especially the Round Robins and swaps, plus the challenges. I frequent the stores that support modern quilting, and the fabulous fabric they carry. Cotton + Steel is my fave!
I do enter quilt shows, as much to give myself a challenge and a deadline as anything else. I have won a ribbon or two, but don't consider myself a particularly good quilter, just an enthusiastic one. I love to make quilts for gifts, especially. Here is a photo of one I just finished for the retirement of a good friend, also a baby quilt in progress. I also like to make quilts for charitable donations, which is a great outlet for the mountain of fabric from my "pre-modern" days. I also love to make bags, wallets, purses and other small items for gifts.
At home, I sew in Sewing Room #1, looking out a big window, with a design wall and ironing board in this room. I also keep most of my solids here, plus block swaps, kits, books and thread. Then, in Sewing Room #2 I store boxes, bags, bins, Elfa drawers and a closet full of fabrics, notions, tops, batting, etc. etc. etc. Also patterns and my collection of squares and strips are in here. Then, in my master bedroom, I keep the Fabric Overflow, which is the non-cottons and bins of other stuff that don't fit into Sewing Rooms #1 and #2. I have an old Pfaff 1475 that is still my work horse, and I have a Baby Lock Quilter's Choice Professional, which has an 11" space between needle and motor for quilting larger projects.
I don't pretend to know the array of modern quilt super-stars, but I have definitely enjoyed the wonderful speakers and workshops that the Dallas Modern Guild has provided, especially Angela Walters, Jacquie Gering, and Carolyn Friedlander.
I have made friends by attending guild retreats, work days, and also the Tula Pink 2 group. One of these days I am going to finish that Tula Pink quilt!
|friends retirement quilt|
|baby quilt in progress|