It’s been an intense week as I frantically worked to finish a new quilt to submit tothe World of Beauty show in Houston. I have been 100% accurate in my previous predictions of whether I’d jury in or not, but this time I am not feeling confident. But it doesn’t matter what I think, it’s the Juror’s job to decide.
The way I typically work is to quilt LOTS of ideas “offline” to see if I like them, if they work, if they are true to my vision. This is just a bit of my offline work.
Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on. We’ll see what the Jurors think.
When I’m working on a piece like this, I keep my grass “inventory” to the side so that I can refer back to them as I create my piece.
Once I finish a piece, I like to to clean up my studio and ready it for the next piece. A clean studio gives me way more pleasure than it should, blush.
FRIENDS IN MY STUDIO
So what’s this “friends in my studio”?
You’ve probably heard by now that Machine Quilting Unltd and its sister publication Modern Quilts Unltd, as well as 2 Australian magazines announced that they will no longer publish. I am saddened by this. MQU was my favorite quilt magazine and I have been a subscriber since their first issue with Diane Gaudynski’s work on the cover. They have published several of my quilts and I pore over their pages each month.
There are other excellent magazines-Quilting Arts, Quiltfolk, others I can’t think of at the moment. But MQU filled a niche that was different in that was a more general quilt magazine.
I found several of my favorite titles through MQU reviews, especially self-published titles that I may not have found otherwise.
They regularly reviewed and wrote about new products and notions that I may not have not discovered on my own.
I think of these books and notions as “friends” in my studio that inform me, help me and make things faster and easier. While making this quilt I referred to Bethanne Nemesh’s book on edge treatments for quilts and I thumbed through Margaret Solomon Gunn’s book on fills for inspiration. Both of these are self-published books that I treasure.
I think about some of the detailed articles that Margaret Solomon Gunn or Sarah Ann Smith wrote and wonder where I will get that type of information in the future. I almost always found inspiration in their featured quilter and will miss that.
I think the demise of these magazines fractures the quilting community just a wee bit. I feel like MQU brought us together to learn and be inspired. And now it’s gone, sniff, sniff.
And lookie what came in the mail…
C&T’s fall book catalog!
And there is my book, a full page description. With each step it gets more real. There are many tales of books that have been pulled right before publication and this just makes it more final to me. I am so excited!
I’ll be going to Fall Market to promote my book–this will be my first time. I will drink it all in–discover new products, meet with vendors, see the newest fabric lines and find out what’s new in the industry. I will have a spot at Schoolhouse where I will get to promote my book to shop owners and other wholesale purchasers. Can’t wait-yippeeeee!
I’ll be posting to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday so join in on the linky party.