Shortly after I joined facebook Jean Ray Laury sent me a friend request. It took a little while to learn WHO she is in relation to the quilting world, one of our Quilt Mothers. Holy Wow! She worked towards laying the groundwork for where we are now in the vast, diverse world of quilt making, and education.
Here she talks about education, and learning:
Oh this is simply brilliant, and I’ll listen again, and again. At about 5 minutes Jean tells of an experience at a quilt show in Vermont that caught my attention completely. Quilters quilt for many reasons from keeping their family and friends warm and cozy, to creating art. In recognizing our own goals for quilt making perhaps we can then reconcile our internal feelings regarding our own identity as quilt makers. This offering us the opportunity to appreciate ever more deeply the types and styles of quilt making that the other engages in. We all do different things. We approach quilt making from our own life experience, giving our quilt making endless possibilities.
I like to teach. Shocking I know. This is the path of quilting that brings great joy and keeps me on my quilterly toes.
I like to do highly intense quilting. Shocking! I know. This is the path of quilting that exercises creativity.
I like to write. Shocking! I know. This helps clarify the quilt making process, helps me think, and is fun. I have a long history of journal keeping so…there ya go.
I like to help quilters succeed. Shocking! I know. This brings great joy to my heart. Quilters succeeding means different things for different people. It’s also frustrating, when I can’t help someone. When something goes kaflooey and doesn’t work. I know I can’t help everyone, however this is frustrating.
I like to experiment with everything quilt related because it’s fun and allows me to help my students in their quilterly success. I don’t know everything so there’s always something to learn. I like that a lot.
While you’re quilting take about an hour and listen to Jean speak. Let her words confirm your own direction in quilt making is the one to take. If I can help in any way, please email me and ask.