Make the Work
I have returned from a foray into the wider quilting world- immersing myself in varied techniques and new machinery, and have gleaned some fresh approaches and primarily reassured my muse that I am on the path I need to follow- one of tripping and leaping and dusting off and working and sharing.
In four days I experienced:
• a two hour private tutorial on serger basics
• a three hour group lesson on basic quilt piecing techniques
• two hour long large group lectures- including a focus on paper piecing, and the other on machine quilting vintage quilt orphans
• a six hour immersion workshop on landscape creation using placed appliqué with a tulle setting, followed by another lecture and trunk show of the same.
Phew! That should do me for the rest of the year.
Needless to say- I learned a lot. However- I was often surprised by my takeaways:
I gained confidence with new machinery, though have little application in my current work for a serger.
I learned a lot about classroom management with varied learning levels and the importance of giveaways.
I was surprised by the growing popularity of Elmer’s glue in the quilting world.
I was reassured that my voice and style are emerging in a consistent recognizable way, despite my lack of effort or intention.
The thing that surprised me most is the images I captured that felt most meaningful to me- In a search for “my people”- it was not the art quilters, the modern quilters or the contemporary quilters that resonated with me, but the antique quilts- rescued from ruin and given fresh life that I documented the most. Listening to this self discovery will be formative as I plan the ways that I choose to move forward in sharing my work with the world. I don’t have it defined yet, but I see some directions that I find quite intriguing.
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
― Robert Frost
I feel as though I am awaking myself. Eager to see where I go in this journey!