Daydream was a dilemma for me. I flipped the calendar at my studio and my mouth fell open that Reveal Day was so close. Thank heavens it isn’t the 2nd! Thoughts were running through my head, but nothing was coming out to the forefront that I could sink my teeth into.
The thought of my daydream of having my own books, patterns, and videos on quilting seemed selfish but, I want to share my love of quilting and sewing with everybody! I just couldn’t find anything else that I really wanted to depict, so here it is. Maybe it is time to put it out there in front of my face in a concrete way. Stop being a daydream and work on making it a reality.
I did produce a video on machine quilting on the domestic sewing machine and if you look at the close-up of the patterns on the pegboard they are the first 2 patterns that I created. These have been the steps made toward that goal.
It was so much fun creating this quilt. I made a really rough sketch of what I wanted to make. Then I started working with fabric. I love showing my drawing and then the quilt because I really can NOT draw. My students in Temple, TX didn't believe me, but now they are believers. My medium is fabric! Cutting out things with scissors and rotary cutter are how it works for me.
The TV camera came first. Since I work at Temple Sew & Quilt, I made my TV show Quilt and Sew. One of the books on the shelf in red is called "Zipper Fun". That one is for a young girl I am teaching to sew because we had a tussle with putting the zipper in the dress. I promised her the next one would be easier. I found the perfect piece of fabric to make the pegboard for hanging the rulers on. When I was making the little quilt on the wall, the pieces I cut off turned into scraps on the floor. My Mom would have us sweep the floor after we were done cutting things out when I was growing up. Now that I think about it that was very clever. It was more fun to sweep up all those little pieces of color and texture then just the dirt.
I have learned that "Dream, Create, Inspire" is what helps me bring more to my students and friends. I am always "Dreaming" up more idea's on what I want to share with them. In class I help them to "Create" those projects. What I really enjoy is seeing how one technique or project "Inspires" others to embellish, sew, quilt, or just delight in what is there for them. To all my students, family and friends Happy Quilting!!!