Friday, May 24, 2013

Inspiration in a small town

Connie's art piece

Connie's crayon piece.

Show and Tell

Wonderful quilting
Project of the day

New idea for stitching bowls together

I belong to a quilt group in a smaller town about 15-20 miles Northwest of here.  My town, the big town in the area has about 6500 people.  Wales has maybe 250.  The group in Wales has members from several of the small towns in the area. They are a fun bunch.  They welcomed me with open arms when I first moved to the area. A lot of them are traditional quilters.  That is where I began my quilting journey and I still enjoy making traditional quilts even though my focus is now more on art quilts.  Last month I had brought my round robin fabric with me to show.  I talked about how I had started the piece with rust dyeing.  Well this month I had 2 ladies tell me how inspired they were with the idea.  They went home and did some rust dyeing with muslin they had on hand and bits of rusty junk that is widely available in Rural Utah.  Then during show and tell Connie said she was inspired by me to bring some of her more arty pieces to show.  I love the window scene with the lilacs.  Connie is wonderful!  She drives the school bus for the town (the kids go to nearby towns for school) and always has a humorous story to tell! And always has a smile!  I find myself inspired to smile after being around her.  I had showed how to make clothesline bowls at the last meeting.  I forgot who brought their bowl, but she had sewn it together using a 3 stitch zigzag, how inspiring!  I would have never thought to do that, I will have to try that on my next bowl.

I have read some blogs recently where some of the arty type quilt artists feel that they are shunned and don't fit in with some of the traditional quilt guilds. That makes me sad.  I have been lucky to find some wonderful groups in my quilting life. Everyone is welcome and all styles are appreciated.  I am thrilled when I have inspired someone, and am equally thrilled when I am inspired by someone else, especially when it comes from the least expected avenue.  I also believe that the more you give of yourself, the more you get back.  To make a group successful, everyone needs to share and contribute.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week.  Check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.

1 comment:

  1. You are so right Sylvia! I am so grateful for the quilt guild I am in and the welcoming feeling they have to every type of quilter. It is groups like this that allow us to grow and learn and they continue to accept you as you do this!


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