Last night I had the great pleasure of sharing my quilts with the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild. In fact, I was having so much fun, I completely forgot to take pictures! They’ve only been meeting for a year now, so they are a small group and I was their first speaker, and it was a real honor. I spent a lot of time talking about how I work on overcoming my fear of failure through experimenting. In some ways, I see experimentation and a sense of adventure as a core characteristic of the modern quilt movement.
If this interests you, you might like to visit Gen X Quilters. AnneMarie, who was my contact with the CMQG, started Gen X Quilters as a way to network with the younger generation of quilters. I like to pop in just to see the fresh, new ideas.
While I was in Columbus, I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Beth Schillig. I love getting to peak into other quilter’s studios to see how they work. Beth has a wonderful set up with an entire quilting room upstairs for sewing and designing plus the entire basement for dyeing and playing with messier things. What a dream! She is very knowledgeable about all things quilting, and for a time she owned a Bernina dealership. I love gleaning information from her. Her new interest is in The George, which is a APQS longarm sewing machine that is mounted in a table instead of on rails, so it is stationary like a domestic sewing machine. She even let me play with it! So nice! I could immediately see how much easier it would be to work on large quilts.
Enough dreaming! I have to get some quilting done today. It will be so nice working in my clean studio. The challenge will be to keep it that way!