Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Random Thoughts

I just joined the Facebook community much to the consternation of my children. Apparently this is another no no that old, decrepit parents shouldn't be doing because the young have invented it....well in this case they have but it's our turn to jump in..lol. It's not really my idea of "fun" however, my son is in the high school marching band and most of the photos taken of the events have been posted there. It seems that between the blog (which I'm recent to), etsy, facebook, and my daily work/home computer banking/bookkeeping that the computer is slowly going to eat away at valuable sewing time...or is it?!

Not so many years ago our fore-quilters and ourselves had to travel to meeting and/or friends homes in order to share our work and get the creative feedback we need to continue our pursuit of the art form. Today, we are able to simply post our newest accomplishments or failures and receive instant feedback or commiseration from like minded people. So are we saving time?!, I personally still travel to a guild or two, spends gads of time at my local quilt shop sharing and discussing every one's work and now I have ADDED the time spent on the computer. Is it time wasted that could be spent quilting....I say NO...it simply adds to the rich resource of others creativity helping my work become better through the friendships and camaraderie that we grow through all things "quilty".

Let me know how you feel about sharing your sewing time, with the computer....it could be worse we could be cleaning house!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When do we call ourselves artists?? or professionals?? I seems harder for me to view myself in that light due to the fact that if I am speaking to anyone other than a quilter I feel like I'm defending myself. I finally in my own mind do consider myself an artist, even though most of my work is from other peoples patterns, I am still the color picker outer and sweatshop seamstress....I am having more trouble with the tag "professional". I have been teaching hand quilting for the past year and have recently been asked to teach another series on decorative machine applique. I just sold one of my quilts on my etsy site for a reasonable sum of money...when do I get to be a professional?! Just because I sew in barefeet and pajamas and don't don a suit and heels everyday shouldn't disqualify me...I guess I've spent so many years in that suit and heels I just can't get past the concept. Tell me how you see yourself as a quilter and maybe we can all break this roadblock together!


Monday, March 2, 2009

When you quilt a lemon.

Well I guess I'm sorry for not posting lately...but not really since I just bound and finished another quilt. This poor baby left my house for the machine quilter out of square and I swear not one of the points matched!! It came back a new quilt!!! through the majic of my beloved machine quilter the quilt became not only square, but somehow I can no longer find the mismatched points. It was love at first sight. Just goes to show you when life gives you lemons a good machine artist will return lemonade. So next time you want to throw that no so perfect top in the rag pile, send it out anyway...you never know what you might get back. Will post photos as soon as I get them taken.