Monday, July 25, 2016
Quilts and philosophy
Another successful day at Quilts at the Creek. The weather cooperated a bit more today and the sky remained cloudy for most of the day which helped to keep the temperature in a moderate zone! And no rain although it was threatening.
I mentioned that in Kathy Doughty's class, I didn't actively participate as I wasn't sure what picture I was going to do. Just wasn't mentally prepared for that challenge and I knew I would go home with a UFO that I would likely never finish. It's hard to find the right picture when you're not sure of the technique. When I got home from that class, I did find a good picture to use. Kathy was teaching workshops all week at Quilts at the Creek and I wanted to show her that I did at least get something out of the class and while she didn't jump up and down, I think she knew I was on the right track. I love my picture - actually, I printed about 5 and now I have to choose, but the more I look at them, I think I know which one I want. to do.
Anyway, we had an interesting discussion about the quilting industry and so today, I have questions for you. Send me your comments or suggestions and I'll compile and post the results. You can use the comment section at the end of this post or you can send me an e-mail. Just click on that link. I know a number of people want to get in touch with me, but don't have my e-mail, so I`m going to try and remember to post my e-mail at least once a week so if you need to get me and don`t have my new e-mail, you`ll still have a way to get in touch. I know - I should have a web site and be very organized, but it`s hard to find the time for that. And if you want to send me an e-mail, just to say HI - that's OK too!
So Kathy and I were talking about classes, vibrancy of the quilting community and that kind of thing. Here are a couple of questions to comtemplate.
1. Do you think there is a GOOD quilting community in Southern Ontario or in your specific area? If yes, what makes you think that? In no, why isn't is a good quilting community?
2. Do you feel proud to be a Canadian quilter? Why?
3. Do you feel that Canadian quilters are as exciting as US quilters? By that, I mean, the quilting community. Do we have enough shows? Indoor/outdoor/large/small/hosted by guilds/hosted by third parties. Do we need quilting shows/more Canadian designers/programs to make the Canadian industry as exciting as the US? People (including Canadians) flock to American shows, but trickle to Canadian shows. Same with shopping. Why is that?
4. Do you like to take quilt classes? If so - what are your favourite type? Do you take a class just for the social aspect? Do you want to start a new project or a project that you've been meaning to work on for a while, but need motivation to start (even if you already understand the technique?) Do you prefer a class that demonstrates or hands on for a new technique? Do you prefer small or large projects? Do you like to do samples or you need a project to work on?
5. Do you feel that quilters get enough respect and support from your city/community/your friends/your family?
6. What about shopping? Do you prefer on-line? In store? Do you shop for price? Do you buy JUST because it is on sale? How important is service to you?
7. Shops hops? row by row? Like them, hate them?
8. If you could offer one piece of advice or thing you would like to see changed about our quilting industry - what would it be? Doesn't have to be super realistic as some of the best ideas came from a weird thought.
9. Any other comments.
Wow - that's a heavy way to start Monday morning! Heavy and thought provoking to you. I think it would be fun to get together and have a round table discussion on this topic!!!
I was speaking to my Mom recently about family reunions. Guess what she said? |Why do they have to do it this way? Why do they always have it at the same place?" Because Mom, they are the ones that organize it so they get to choose!!!!! Drives me crazy! But the same with anything - if you don't want to pitch in to help, you shouldn't complain!
So I'm not asking you to pitch in to help with anything, other than provide me some feedback! No strings attached.
Have a great day!!!