Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Now, a little food for thought and feel free to share your opinions. What do you do when someone asks you what you think about their quilts and it is really terrible? Do you lie? Do you find something ambiguous to say and hope they'll take it with a positive note? Do you just tell them flat out what you really think? Do you tell them the truth only if they ask? Does it matter how well you know the person...perhaps a good friend you might be more honest with? And do you apply these same rules for areas outside of quilting?
For me, I tend to find something positive to say but I don't lie to them. I've been told, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." I don't always subscribe to that, even if it is wise advice. However, if someone is struggling with their quilt and let me know they aren't happy, I might use that time to make positive suggestions without saying what it is that I might not like. It goes the same whether it is a dear friend or someone I've just met.
Now, do I apply the rules for other areas in my life? Well, honestly, I guess that depends. I usually try to keep my mouth zipped. For example, there is someone sort of close to us that dyes their hair red. I'm not against red hair, but this color reminds me of Bozo the Clown. And while I've seen this very shade on others and it was beautiful, not so with this person. But, you know, it isn't my hair so why hurt their feelings. If they are happy with it, then let it be. If it were my husband though, I'd be honest with him (not that he has any hair, but that's beside the point) because I know he really would want me to tell him the truth. So, I guess unlike quilting, I vary the rules a bit.
So, why do the rules vary? I suppose because I think of quilting as an art form. And art should be appreciated whether it is your style or not. The good Lord has given us imagination and creativity and for the lucky few, talent. One should create art for the pleasure it gives them, not in an effort to please others. So, then the next question that forms in my mind...what others areas of life should I consider as art?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I have two new addictions, as if I need to have any at all. The first is an online game, Patchworkz. Check it out at your own risk. Just don't blame me if you get stuck in your computer chair.
The second one is Facebook. If you already have a page there and are a quilter, feel free to add me as a friend. If you don't have a page there, check it out...lots of fun and a great way to connect with others. There is also a fun application (Lil Green Patch) where you "give" each other plants (not real ones, just adorable images). It is a cute activity that helps fight global warming by saving rainforests. So, in the spirit of trying to improve this world we live in, I'm going to hold a drawing/giveaway. For each plant I'm given, I'll put your name in for a drawing. I'll choose three names and each person will receive their choice of my three patterns. Just make sure when you send me a plant, to let me know that you are participating in the giveaway.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here is a pic of our recent BOM at the guild. It looks like applique, but it is actually pieced. It was pretty easy even though I was nervous the whole time. I didn't want to make a mistake and have to start over.
And this a picture of a quilt I made for a little one. I hope he likes it. I used my friend, Beaver's new pattern, "Toadly Ten". As soon as she has an online source to purchase it, I'll be sure to post a link.
More pattern news...I'm officially "international" thanks to a great new store in New Zealand! Country Dawn Quilting & Patchwork is a cute online store that has quite a bit to offer. They even have a variety of kits for Sassy Sixteen and The Jelly Maker's Cabin. They also have a wonderful selection of fabrics. And for all of you not from New Zealand, be sure to use the currency converter provided for you on the site. Go visit and tell Sue that Kimberly sent you.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Okay, a bit of news on the designing front...I'm teaming up with a friend and local artist for my next pattern. Jill Eugena hand-dyes some of the most beautiful fabric! So, I'll be using her fabric in my next cover quilt and we may even put together some kits. It will still be awhile before the release of this one as I have so much to do before then. I won't bother sharing the list as it is overwhelming. But if I can manage everything in a timely manner, I'm hoping for an early October release.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I found this bit of distraction on sew create it. Thanks Jane! Go to Wordle to try it for yourself.
As for me, I've been working on two projects simultaneously...Ostrich: Round 5 and Gentry's birthday quilt. I hope to have some pics tonight to share with you, but there really isn't anything to look at right now.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here are two of the tops made from the previous BOMs. I am always amazed at how they come together!