When I was 13 I taught myself how to sew. I wanted more control over my wardrobe. There was something really empowering about being able to use the treadle machine to create something that I was willing to wear. By my late 20’s I was quilting. That first quilt was a “Biscuit Quilt”. The recipient loved it but feared the weight of the quilt would smother her. Before long, with the help of Georgia Bonesteele and Eleanor Burns, I was piecing quilts. I love to piece.
Quilting has been instrumental in meeting new people and developing friendships. Everywhere I moved to the first thing I would do is find a quilt group.
When I was in Des Moines, I worked for NW Fabrics and developed their class schedule and taught a few quilting and craft classes. The guilt in Des Moines was HUGE, over 300 members, so the programs were really special. But as good as the programs were the show and tell was incredibly inspiring.
Then we moved to Warrenton, Virginia. I walked into Quilter Confectionery, and had a wonderful job there that lasted several years. There, I worked shows. I’ll be the first to admit that shows are an immense amount of work, but a great opportunity to meet new people that share the same enthusiasm for the craft. I also taught classes at the shop. The guilds there were small buy mighty. It was through the Fauquier County Quilters that I was introduced to the “retreat” experience. I found myself volunteering to coordinating the “creative side” of six retreats and coaching people through their quilts.
Recently I have begun offering programs sharing my quilting and retreat experiences.
I blog to share my work. As with show and tell you just never know who you will inspire. Once in a while I might even share a garden view or a recipe. Also, documenting my work keeps me focused. I am so easily diverted. So show your work.