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Besides meeting quilters, one of my favorite parts of teaching is learning from and being inspired by people in my classes. I love when someone takes the germ of an idea and then runs with it to create something completely different.
The Rising Star Quilters Guild in Arlington, MA had me out to teach a map class this past week. One quilter decided to focus on a small postcard size map of her neighborhood, rather than the larger print that is suggested on the supply list. I loved the tiny pieces she assembled and how intimate her project became. It inspired me to go home and make a 4"x6" quilt of my grandma's neighborhood. I used an image from Google Maps to get the layout. I had never noticed that all of the sidewalks have adorable rounded corners! Grandma Betty turns 93 this week, so I included the mini quilt in her birthday card. It was a quick, fun project. And I even practiced free-motion quilting on my domestic machine which is something that I need to practice A LOT more of. (I also had to take Grandma off of this email list so she wouldn't see the email before the card....shhhhh!
If you are near Arlington, MA in the next few weeks, stop by the Arlington Center for the Arts where they have two sobering, but fantastic, fiber art exhibits up. Unravel: Fiber Art for Our Times, "features artists whose work sheds light on tangled issues of our contemporary times" and Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims.
There are plenty of ways to see my work, and me, over the next few months:
- Mississippi Meander II is currently hanging in and exhibit called Mapping Out in Paso Robles, CA
- My episode of The Quilt Show will be available June 30. For more info on The Quilt Show and how to see the show visit this link. There often is a week where the episode is free to non-subscribers. If that happens, you'll be the first to know!
- Where Women Create magazine did a feature on where I create - my studio. It hits newsstands July 2.
- Registration opened June 1 for Craft Napa. In January I'll in California for several days, one of which will be teaching Map Making workshops there.
My peonies opened up this weekend, so it's officially summer in my yard.