I walked into a different world today! I was looking for new things to do for my first today and found an article in the newspaper about a well known artist and quilt designer who would be speaking at the local quilt guild meeting. The meeting was open to the public.
Ellen Murphy of American Homestead Designs has just published her first book of quilting designs. What an artist! Ellen has created unique quilts inspired by the colors and shapes of American houses, from farmhouses to brownstones. She also makes pieces from felt and embroidery. I loved seeing everything she had made and designed. She is fabulous! Go to her blog and take a look at the wonderful things she had done.
What I found even more amazing was the artistry of all the women that are members of the quilt guild. They have a show and tell at their meetings. The women brought the quilts and projects they were working on. I just could not believe the amount of talent in that room. Most of the ladies were a little older, there was a lot of white hair in that room, but an abundance of artistry. Several of the ladies had their quilts published recently in quilting magazines. They were passing around magazine so the others could see the articles.
One of the ladies got up and said she would be giving quilting lessons for free if anyone knew someone that would like to attend. She has a full class now. She is looking for a group of 6 to start her next class. She is giving free lessons to keep the cost of the learning down. She said it is expensive enough for the students to buy the materials. She is worried that there aren’t enough young people quilting and it will become a lost art. I was amazed at the love the ladies had for quilting. I may just have to take some lessons!
The group of ladies were so friendly and inviting. They all asked if I would be coming back next month. I told them I didn’t know if I was ready to start quilting, but I would give it some thought. I even had one lady offer to give me a ride to the next meeting. I’m telling you I really wanted join just to be around those wonderful ladies. I was thinking what a beautiful quilt I could make for my bedroom. Then I remembered that would take me some time and I didn’t know if I would be able to stick it out and get one done. I asked one of the ladies how many quilts she had made so far this year and she told me six.
I purchased a pattern and some material to try a felt and embroidery project. I thought I should start small and work my way up.
My Inspiration For Doing The Year of Firsts
As you may know I am doing a first every day this year. I read the book I Dare me by Lu Ann Cahn. Lu Ann has a website and has published a book talking about her year of firsts. I read the book and it motivated me to try a year of firsts. Lu Ann is at luanncahn.com and her blog has all her firsts. She determined that a first could be something you hadn’t done in 10 years. Here is my A Year of Firsts. Make sure to go see my guest post on Lu Ann’s blog and leave a comment.