This weekend I attended the Brookings Area Quilters Guild 10th biennial quilt show. I belonged to this guild for several years, but as it is an hour’s drive to attend meetings, I let my membership lapse a year or two ago. So it was great to attend and catch up on the happenings of the members I ran into, view the beautiful quilts, explore the offerings of the various vendors, and attend the luncheon/lecture.
I’m so excited! I’ve got a secret. It’s a fun one, I promise, although I can’t tell you about it just yet. But it DOES have to do with my journey as a quilter.
In case you didn’t know, I started quilting as a hobby back in the 1980s. My first quilt was a hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilt-as-you-go log cabin. This was back when we had to weave our own cloth and carve our needles out of animal bones…
Like many of you, quilting is not the only creative outlet I enjoy. Over time, I’ve done all KINDS of artistic or crafty things – drawing, painting, macrame, beaded flowers, knitting, crochet, etc., etc. Here is one many of you may not have heard of – Pysanky or Ukranian Easter Eggs. I actually did these about 35 years ago, but I still enjoy taking them out and looking at them at Easter time.
Wow, I am so humbled by the attention my last blog post has garnered. I had over 5000 views on my blog in one day, and my post was shared on other blogs and FaceBook posts! I never expected this much attention. Apparently I touched a nerve among many other longarm quilters. And many of those who commented are longarm customers, who said they knew how much work their quilters put into their quilts, and that they appreciated those efforts. If you haven’t ready that post, you can view it here. And if you did read it but haven’t seen the comments, there are some really good ones that you won’t want to miss. I thank everyone for their thoughful replies.
I belong to several FaceBook groups for quilters. One of these is for those of us who make our living (or TRY to) from longarm quilting. Recently one of the longarm quilters showed a beautiful customer quilt she finished that took her sixty hours to complete. S…I…X…T…Y…HOURS…! She did an AMAZING job, and everyone was in awe of the quilting she had done on the quilt. It was obvious she had used all of her talent, training and PASSION for quilting to turn this top into a show stopper. And do you know how much she earned for all of this hard work? Around $13 per hour.
When I’m working on a quilt, I often have lots of time to think – some quilts involve DAYS of stitching the same repetitive elements, which gives my mind time to wander — sometimes aimlessly — but sometimes in a more logical manner. Often I wonder if my clients question why I do some of the things I do, or why I have certain requirements for them to follow. Really?!? She wants me to do WHAT? 😉