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In late August I’m going to tape for The Quilt Show. I joined January 1, 2007 right as I was beginning down this path to here in this moment. It is on TQS that I met Keith Dommer beginning mutually informative conversations that helped me hone my teaching style. Keith and I both unearthing something deeper within ourselves.
As today is my specific day on the book tour, and until twenty seconds ago I wasn’t sure what I’d share.
Quilting is relational. One of my favorite features in the book is the Acknowledgements page. Each person on that page holds a special memory for me. I could probably write an entire blog post on each person. However I’m going to mention Joen Wolfrom today. I remember watching her on Simply Quilts somewhere in the neighborhood of 2007ish. How’s that for accurate. It was this episode where she explained the color wheel and color relationships. I had 30 fat quarters in a wide range of color and made blocks reflecting a split complement grouping, or as I put it in the book your neighbor across the streets really fun neighbors, a couple of houses over, on either side. You know the colors that come over with the party hats and chocolate cake. Joen got an e-book several weeks ago and has shared with me that she likes both my casual writing style, and how I explained the color relationships. Relationships are everything.
Sometimes, no matter what we do things are a hot mess, and it’s okay to let go. This is in part relational as Melanie Testa once said something to the effect of, “what is this obsession we have with finishing things, sometimes a piece has taught us everything it can.” There are things I’ve tossed because I. was. just. done. Other stuff I’ve given away as it no longer served a purpose in my quilting, or no longer suited my style. You might be surprised to learn that I’ve even given away thread.
Okay so now that you’ve picked your chin up off the floor.
Each one of the color wheels are currently unfinished. I know how I want to finish them but this whole sewing on a 2′ x 2′ table is challenging, in part because there’s no corner to keep a quilt from diving off the table. I’m not complaining, I just have stuff to do. See above, prep work friends, prep work.
If you know me in person you know I’m really patient, and will extend grace wherever, and however I am able. There is still some heartbreak over relationships with people in the quilt world that didn’t quite work whether it was my mistake or not. Sometimes that hot mess overflows.
Try new tools, and ask questions no matter how dumb you thing they are and how much you think you should already know this. I didn’t learn to machine quilt overnight. I’d daresay I’m still learning how. Actually I do say I’m still learning, because the truth is, I am. I’m learning how to quilt better, listen more when I’m teaching, write better, relate better. I nearly lamented the other day that it took me so ______ to write this book. And then in a moment I realized I needed the experience of teaching, writing, being edited. I still have a hard time following directions (Sorry!) unless I’m editing them and that’s a whole other type of reading and doing.
And so thank you for joining me here today as part of this celebration of twenty-seven years of quilting that have lead here to this moment where I get to share Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting Learn to Stitch with Reckless Abandon with you. I’m giving away a copy of the e-book, Windham Fabrics, and an Oliso Iron. Simply comment on this post and I’ll choose winners on August 7th.
In the meantime visit my friends on the tour: 7/27 Teri Lucas Facebook Live event
7/28 Melissa Thompson Maher Generation Q Magazine
7/29 Susan Emory
7/30 Jenny K Lyon
7/31 Teri Lucas
8/1 Paula Reid battsintheattic.com
8/3 Teresa Coates
8/4 Scott Hansen
8/5 Linda Pearl
8/6 Teri Lucas