It’s time to get your quilty link on! This week I’m waffling on a bit and sharing the quilters that inspire me
So who here got in on the craziness this week and registered (or tried) for QuiltCon 2015? Registration opened at 1am Wednesday here and I was up til 3am sorting it out. It was all rather stressful (my internet dropped out at 12.45am, I didn’t get the email until 1.10am, it was 1.45am before I could even get to the register page) but I managed to register for a half day class and a full day workshop as well as some lectures. I was feeling very down as all the Aussies girls were messaging madly on facebook, excited that they’d got their first preferences and were going back for more. I felt like the one who’d missed out. I can be pretty good at self pity
Anyway, after some sleep, and then some more sleep, I am able to be much more balanced about it all. Especially as I’ve read many stories of others who didn’t get into anything. It’s kind of funny because I feel crazy to be spending so much money to go so far (we are on a very limited budget as a family – we choose a lifestyle over wealth). Even though I’ve been told how awesome QuiltCon is and even if you don’t get in, it’s still a blast. Even though I’m travelling with a great antipodean contingent and am looking forward to meeting online friends and my first trip to the US… Even with all that, it still niggles at me.
The money that we’re spending on my trip could give us the new bathroom that we sorely need, or even a cheap second car. My husband is an eternally reasonable, generous and kind soul. He is the balance in this relationship, I’m the nut. He restores the calm, I ride the ups and downs. He believes in me, knows how hungry I am for this dream and trusts that I’m not going to give up. He convinced me to not just travel to Austin for QuiltCon but to stay on longer and visit my two best friends who currently live stateside. He will take annual leave and look after three children for three weeks while I live the dream. Man I am lucky that I found him! I can’t believe I wallowed in self pity!
So despite feeling terribly sorry for myself for missing out on classes, I know how lucky I am to be going, to have a partner who supports me, to have the resources to make it happen, to have clarity. I know what my dream is and to be able to chase it.
I still hope to meet some of the quilters and artists at QuiltCon that have inspired me along my quilting journey. I may not be in their classes or lectures, but I would like to share them with you here. I first discovered them online and learnt so much from them, it will be a thrill to see their quilts in real life (hopefully some of them exhibit).
In order of my quilty journey of discovery here are some of the quilters that have inspired me.
Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts – her crisp lines and great use of colour caught my eye.
Elizabeth from Oh!Fransson – her no nonsense advice and fabulous tutorials taught me heaps of great techniques.
Janice from Better off Thread – her use of colour, amazing patterns and attention to detail really engaged me.
Jeni from In Color Order – her series on colour theory rocked my world. So simple, so well explained, so wonderful!
Rachel from Stitched in Color – her use of colour and beautiful projects had me mesmerized.
Jess from The Elven Garden – her quilts have a magical quality, the way she mixes quilting and piecing is very special.
Angela Walters - her quilting is beautiful. So controlled, so perfect.
Lisa Sipes – AH.MAZE.ING. Some people think my quilting is dense. Lisa’s is perfectly dense (in the best possible way!)
Krista Withers – Oh my. Oh my. Um. total fangirl moment. This quilter inspires me. LOVE!!!
There are many, many, many more inspiring quilters out there, Latifah, Katie, Nicole, I could go on!! But these are some of the ones that I came across at the right point in my journey and inspired me to take the next step.
Now it’s your turn to link up your quilty process. Please remember to visit three other linkers <3