Yeah, so if you thought you were coming to listen to the Making Things Matters lecture and Trunk Show that I do to get some fluffy non-sense, you would be disappointed.
I see a rift in the quilting community. It feels like continents pulling away from each other. The division is palpable and I believe that it is a metaphysical divide between people who are willing to "go deep" and those who just want to skim along life's surface. I believe that both points of view have their valid arguments but my life has taught me that going deep is my soul's purpose. Just so you know, my lecture is about so much more than quilting. My lecture is about life and legacy and liberty and how quilting serves all of those things and how you can use quilting to support them for yourself.
I have come into contact with so many quilters over the years who have longarm or midarm quilting machines, some for YEARS, and are not comfortable using them. That makes my heart sad. It also makes my heart sad that so many of you incredible artists have unquilted tops lingering in secret spaces. I have helped so many quilters learn to LOVE machine quilting, I know that I can help you learn to love it too! I have 15 years of longarm teaching experience on every brand of machine. I do not work for any company and have no sponsorship contracts with any corporation which means that when I come to YOUR STUDIO to work on YOUR MACHINE I will never be trying to sell you on something else. My sole purpose for our workshop is to serve your highest good as a quilter and we will tailor the class according to your needs. Does your machine have wacky tension? I can work with that! Embarrassed because you don't know how to load a quilt? I can teach you that! Petrified of the size of the monster machine? I AM the Quilting Machine Whisperer. I really can help YOU get comfortable and give you some fun and useful designs to practice. I really, really, REALLY want to see you artists turn all of your tops into blankets (gasp!).
Fabric is inherently fragile, my friends. Stitches are the glue that gives us quilts that last into antiquity. Preserve the legacy of your beautiful Maker self! More stitches! Quilt those quilts! For those quilts that you feel deserve a special touch, I still offer machine quilting services for clients. Maybe I can quilt one for you and then show you some tricks so you can quilt one yourself?
Talk of Legacy and Liberty, Love and Loss... these can never be just fluffy things. I can't do fluffy... I love the nubby goodness of a quilty life too, too much!
In Service to Truth, Beauty, Humor & Love,
The Quilting Across America Tour. Funded by people, not corporations!
Your generous $5 and $10 donations help fund the Quilting Across America Scholarship that helps defray the expense cost of my private mentoring for quilters all over America! Together we are proving that Making Things Matters! Thank you!