From Wendy in 2011…
No one enters into quilting half-hearted.
It is the kind of hobby or artwork if I can be that elaborate the description, that requires a fearless commitment. By the pure cost of a good sewing machine, you must be willing to equip yourself with this major investment. Secondly, by nature quilting means buying fabric – often before you need it. A good fabric, good colours, a good sale – and there you have begun your stash!
Know what a stash is? It’s the accumulated pieces of fabric that are awaiting their call to be part of an heirloom. It is those saved bits that will fit perfectly into a project that is started and awaits a certain look or combination.
Quilting is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who are willing to work at detail and do it with passion knowing that the final product is worth every muttered frustration.
This recent article in The Globe & Mail by Oliver Willms outlines something of the way quilting sweeps away not only the quilter but all who share their residence.
from Wendy (2011)
I’ve mentioned before that I like to seek out quilt shops as we travel. Last year when we were in Spokane, for example, I had a list of quilt shops I wanted to visit and one day we put them into our TomTom and set out to find them. We did find them all – except one that turned out to be an internet only store that was out of some one’s home…but that’s a blog entry for another day. If I am traveling for work I often try to allow an extra 15 – 20 minutes on the journey to make a quick stop if I know of, or come across, a quilt store en route.
Once I’ve found the shop, I soon know whether I am going to want to come back. How so? Here are a few of my thoughts…
I consider the fabric – does the store have a good variety?
- do they carry fabric collections?
- does the colour selection connect with the what I like to use?
- how are the fabrics displayed and organized
Does the store inspire me? – I must admit, I like to see samples of inspiration hanging on the walls, from the ceiling and other shelves or tables around the store.
- I do find that a good selection of patterns along with fabric pre-packaged in kits very enticing.
How am I treated? – is the staff friendly, helpful, available? If I am looking around or ask for something, do they tell me they are closing in 10 minutes?
When I am in my ‘quilting mode’ I am looking to enter a quilting community, one where I feel like I fit. This is my hobby, where I get to spend some time doing something I can get lost in and be creative, even if only for a short period of time.
You’ll be able to follow a few more of my favourite quilt shops along the way.
This quilt was one Wendy made several years ago for Philip. It’s called Star Light Star Bright. We were visiting Phil and he and Amanda had given it to us to have on our bed. I thought it would give us a chance to get a few photos and post them here.
This quilt was one of the block-of-the-month quilts that Wendy made while living in Calgary. I loved the contrast of the bright colours on the black. And when she had it top-stitched she chose a variegated thread with loops and stars that would stand out.
You’ll see that the label is a bit more rugged as she didn’t have her Janome 350E, but she used the font on her sewing machine.
this blog was from 2016 and is included as part of a series I will be bringing forward from when Wendy had her own quilting blog.