Random Bits From My Inbox

You know those websites or articles you come across and think, people might be interested in that? Here are the ones I’ve been saving up.

First, I came across this article directed initially at textile artists, though it speaks to all kinds of artists. I recognize my own tendency toward being a technique junkie. The lesson here is learn to do a few things very well in a way that serves your art. I’ve been sharing this one with the groups I belong to. Thanks to Ellen Luckett Baker for bringing this to my attention.

Ellen also drew my attention to the website for Sewn Together, an exhibition of Alabama quilts. I enjoy the site’s pairing of vintage and more contemporary quilts, and the historical perspective on the quilts shown. I’m sure it was great to visit the exhibition, but the archival information adds so much. You can learn about the work of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, which co-sponsored the exhibition. There’s even a curated Spotify playlist of Alabama musicians who represent a wide variety of musical styles from the period when the quilts were made.

Next, I came across a series of YouTube videos put together by Craftsy called The Midnight Quilt Show. Angela Walters is the refreshingly breezy host of these videos that show her putting together some fairly basic quilt patterns. Angela’s essential tools include popcorn, chocolate, and wine. The mistakes stay in. You may recognize some of them. I did find my heretofore hidden inner quilt police coming out when Angela didn’t press before sewing. Ditto her use of a ruler that was way too short. But it sure beats those deathly earnest quilting shows that are guaranteed insomnia cures.

For visual candy here’s a collection of spiral staircase photography by Nancy Da Campo, all in Barcelona. The We and The Color website is a great resource for striking photography.

If you’re interested in printing your own fabric or purchasing fabric custom designed by others, then check out the new Spoonflower digital catalog. Lots of ideas there for creating wallpaper, clothing, baby items, and home dec.

Finally, here’s a slide show of the SAQA Two by Twenty exhibit now touring with the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo. I recently represented SAQA at the Cleveland, Ohio, stop of the expo. (That means I chatted with viewers about the show and promoted the organization.) It was great to see how much even very traditional quilters enjoyed the work displayed. Some may have gotten the push to venture into original work. Really, folks, it doesn’t matter if you can’t draw.

Here’s one of my favorites from the exhibit, Everglades by Deda Maldonado.






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4 responses to “Random Bits From My Inbox

  1. Thanks for the great links. I agree that too many techniques can be as limiting as too few. I’ve found a few new things in the last years that are very useful, but mostly I make do with a handful of standards. Whether that is good or bad I guess should only matter to me! And I’m pretty happy with it!

    I’ve been largely out of touch recently, and hope to feel more caught up soon!

    • As Robbie Fanning, a quilting expert from an earlier era, used to say; there’s many people’s ways to do things, and then there’s your way. So, it’s what works best for you. Though I did see a new-to-me way of burying quilting threads the other day.

  2. I checked out the first two of these before running out of time–the article was very interesting! Actually, a little unsettling, too, because I know I am not just a technique addict but a different crafts addict–I’ve done too many different textile crafts over the years to be really accomplished at any of them. Sigh. The Alabama quilts are marvelous and I love the way the site is set up–I’ll go back and study that more!

    • I assure you there’s lots of company in the different crafts addict room. In fact, one group I belong to hosted an abandoned crafts materials swap. I enjoyed the thought and care that went into the Alabama website – eye candy and substance.

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