Finally I got to join up with the world of the Modern Quilting movement. When I started blogging as a quilter four years ago, I sat back and watched as MQGs popped up all over North America with an energy like you've never seen. I adore modern quilts. I happen to SUCK at making them though. I used to feel like I was missing the boat, but there was nothing I could do about it. I pulled off a few meh/modern-ish quilt but just couldn't keep up with their skill and enthusiasm. I'm totally at peace with it now - I found my niche with embroidery and am immensely happy with my art career.
After I began blogging, I slowly migrated over to embroidery and art. Fast forward to this weekend, and there I found myself standing in the room with a Modern Quilt Guild - for real! It was pretty wonderful. I was the guest speaker for the SaskatoonMQG, invited to talk about the world of embroidery and it's applications to modern quilting. I am so grateful to have had that opportunity.
|Me & Carly of the Saskatoon MQG. (her Citric Sugar blog) She's the cute one. : )|
We had a makeshift stitch-in at the end. It was a big group that came out on a rainy day to the classroom of Periwinkle Quilting & Beyond (a local shop). THANK YOU - I had such a great time. : ) It's ALWAYS a pleasure when someone cries about their lifelong failure with French Knots, and then after a quick instruction, they end up figuring out how to make them perfectly! That first perfectly-executed French Knot... they SQUEAL and CHEER, "I did it!! I made a French Knot!!" and they giggle &laugh! hehe It's awesome. It's quite a spectacle.
Before I got up as guest speaker, I was able to enjoy their meeting and view their show and tell. : ) Look at this! This next photo is a quilt-as-you-go. Each block is quilted differently. It's beautiful!
As I looked around, I noticed some beautiful handstitching on people's bags. Isn't this lovely!?
Before we left the building, I had to snap a photo or two. The new space at Periwinkle is decorated SO wonderfully! It's driving me crazy... I can't wait to get going with decorating my new studio space. : ) Michelle is such an inspiration. Seriously - how cool is this!?
Thank you so much for having me. : ) I am available to talk about Embroidery ANYTIME. lol I'll have more handwork classes in the fall at my place. : )
You can learn more about the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild HERE. (click to link). PS - you can find all the members' blogs there at the SQG website! Go see! : )