On the Road Again...
We just got back from Fall Quiltweek in Paducah, Kentucky, which is a bit like saying I just returned from Mecca. Regardless, we received a very warm welcome into the quilt show world. This was the first time that we were able to interact with people seeing our products face to face and gauge how they liked what we do. To my surprise and delight, people seemed to really like our patterns, so much so we have decided to hit the road! We have been accepted into the Houston Quilt Festival in November and then will return to AQS for their Lancaster, Pennsylvania Quiltweek in March, hopefully we will sprinkle in a few other shows along the way. We are very excited to be in such good company and to see everyone in Houston.
Now comes the tricky bit. In an effort to expand our pattern line and to keep bringing all of you new and interesting things, we are attempting to finish 5 (yes, 5!) quilts and their corresponding patterns before we leave for Houston in t-minus 35 days. Holy crap! For my part I will be contributing two quilts staying within the pop culture theme (Scooby-Doo and Nightmare Before Christmas), mom will be contributing two quilts in a more traditional style (floral and Christmas themed) and then mom and I will be wrapping up the month by collaborating on a quilt. Then we will die from exhaustion! Just kidding...I think.
For the Scooby-Doo quilt, I am experimenting with half-square triangles. I wanted to see if I could come up this a layout that was entirely new using only half square triangles. That way this quilt will be very easy and fast to assemble for any sewing skill level and will hopefully give a new, fun spin on a tried and true quilting staple. Plus, if you aren’t into Scooby-Doo (blasphemy for an early 90s kid!) you can substitute any fabric you like and it will still be an interesting quilt. Pictures to come, I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on our progress throughout the month.
My general aim for the pop culture themed quilts is to bridge the gap from the traditional quilter to the people they may be sewing for and to show someone who may be thinking of learning to quilt that they do not have to stick to the very traditional motifs their grandmother may have used. I have met a lot of mothers and grandmothers who want to sew for or with their younger relatives, but also want to make something that is “cool”. I’m hoping to help inspire them, to show them that what is traditional can also be cool with the right tweaks. But I also want to show that person who isn’t sure if quilting is for them, that quilting can be whatever they want it to be. I realize that my style of quilting may be a little outside of “normal”, but I have learned to embrace that and I have learned that this big quilting community that we all belong to is open and welcoming and supportive. The people that I have talked to about my patterns have been nothing but supportive and excited about the possibility of making something for someone that they will not only love because someone they love made it for them, but they will love it because it speaks to them and their interests. Perhaps this is a lofty goal for a few simple quilts, but quilting has brought people together for generations, with each generation adding their own style to the traditional methods taught to us by our mothers and grandmothers. This is simply my contribution.
Until next time, just keep sewing.