A friend of mine from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG), Jen Eskridge, just posted today that she’s starting a new Small Sews Gifts Sew Along that is right up my alley! It’s mostly up my alley because I kinda suggested it. You see, the SAMQG has a gift exchange at their annual Holiday Party and this year we decided that instead of swapping a specific item (in the past we’ve swapped mug rugs and pillows), this year we voted for leaving it open slightly to include ANY small item (that was my suggestion to add to the voting options for our guild vote). We even created a totally awesome GROUP Pinterest board so that we can ALL pin our ideas and see what everyone else thinks is fun to make. Since it’s a gift exchange, the sort where you can steal an item three times before it’s “frozen” and what you get is a complete mystery until you open it, the suspense is really building! As as I’m sort of a Last Minute Lucy, I have of course not made a single thing (but pinned lots of ideas) for this exchange. So I have to get in gear which is WHY the Sew Along that Jen just announced is PERFECT timing! I hope you’ll play along because she even has some PRIZES lined up!!
I just love a little extra motivation for something I already want to do! Oh and did I happen to mention that Jen is a published author AND offers amazing quilty workshops!? I’m hoping the HMQG will be able to host her for a workshop some time next year. Her hexagons are awesome!
Check back next week for another bloggy friend!
Each Thursday I will post some sort of poll or question because the best way to make this blog enjoyable is to hear what YOU think about quilting and sewing. Occasionally, I might post a life update or something, but I’m going to try to make this blog interactive and more of a two way discussion than the typical, I post/you read or comment type of blog. Thanks to everyone who responded to the post last week! I had 17 people reply and the experience among those of you who responded was pretty evenly split between New, Intermediate and Experienced quilter/sewist! With that in mind, it will really help me decide what sorts of tutorials to focus on for the future. Now, I hope you’ll share a little more with me about being in a Modern Quilt Guild.
I’ve had an interesting sewing journey since I started sewing in 2007. First, I had a dedicated sewing/crafting space and even had an entire room with a closet and extra shelving in my old house. Then I moved to a 1500 square foot sewing studio for a year (bigger than my current apartment)! Now, I live in a 2 bedroom apartment and have moved my sewing machine around 3 times in a year trying to find the best spot for it (mostly out of reach of a curious toddler). I also keep a machine in the trunk of my car in case a friend invites me over to sew for a little while.
I realize now that it doesn’t really matter how much space you have, what matters is what you make and why you make it. My quilting projects are my creative outlet. I love to make something that makes my cubicle pretty and that sparks some conversation with people at work. I also love to make quilts that can be used to keep me or my family warm or can give comfort to someone in a nursing home who doesn’t have anyone to visit them.
Maybe someday I’ll have more space to spread out but I hope that my focus will remain on creating beautiful quilts to share with friends, family and those in need.
So tell me, do you have a dedicated space or do you sew a vant guard wherever you can and whenever you can?