I recently read an article that some marketing company had put together and one of the comments made was that if you want people to read your blog and continue to follow along, you have to let them know what makes you tick. I am pretty sure they worded it much more eloquent than I just did, but you get what I mean.
Of course after reading this, I immediately thought I didn't want to lose any of you. Whether you know it or not, when you comment, I do recognize your names and love hearing from you. I also do try and send a reply back, I admit, sometimes it is a quick one, but I hope you understand as I am sure your life is busy too=)
I guess I should answer why do I quilt? I wish I could put it down in a simple sentence, but truth be told, I don't know. I can't not go into my studio every day, even if it is too just look at the mess. I can tell you when any juried show in North America opens and closes and when entry deadlines are. And I enter many of them and love doing so. I belong to a guild of lovely ladies, and even if none of them do what I do, they still appreciate my quilts, and I love them for that. I belong to our national quilt association, going so far as to now take a role on the Board, and am enjoying the ride thus far. I write tutorials for Riley Blake fabrics and Pellon and love doing it and working for them.
Making 3D quilts is the most fun I can have in my studio. Designing a quilt and then trying to make it, altering a zillion times along the way, modifying, adding, quilting and finally finishing it, is greatly satisfying. But I am never completely happy with any quilt I finish... because every one I thought I could have done a little differently when I am finished. Except for one. And I think that one was because it literally had my heart in it. Do you have to put a huge piece of yourself into every quilt? Can you make quilts just for fun and still have them be beautiful and respected? Hmmm... so why do you quilt?