Monday, January 27, 2014

Sewing with Certainty: Showcasing Your Work

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This post is a part of Quilty Habit's series and link up on Sewing With Certainty.  Almost everyone else has mentioned being a part of a guild as a big part of showing off their quilting work--but until today I'd never been.  This morning was the first time I remembered there was a meeting, got a babysitter, and actually went.  I won a year's membership by getting first place for my Lone Star quilt at the state fair last year, and Tula Pink is doing a trunk show in a couple of months...so it was time.  Anyway, it was pretty boring.  And I was most definitely the youngest person there.  And I still feel exhausted and like poo from this cold I've had for over a week.

I have gotten an awesome amount of support for this quilt, thank you!

But I went, and I even brought along my recently finished F.C. quilt for show and tell.  I asked the president if it was okay, and she said sure, then gasped, and then said maybe not to read what it said.  Ah...well that's okay.  I just told everyone it was in memory of a friend that died from cancer at 27.  I think only the ladies at my table actually read it (and half of them were delighted and in awe of the quilting--"Where did you learn to quilt?"  "The...internet?").

My Lone Star quilt got a lot of attention from fellow online quilters!

So, how I do I showcase my work?  Well, I started with just sharing what I made on Facebook with friends and family.  But as I started reading more quilting blogs and using people's patterns and tutorials, I wanted to share with more people.  So I started a blog--something pretty small and simple to share what I was working and display my finished quilts.

And it stayed pretty small until I started getting involved with various linky parties about a year ago.  Since then I've gained a bunch of new followers, found a bunch of amazingly talented bloggers that inspire and encourage me, and I've actually made some quilty friends!


This quilt went viral on Christmas eve after a nerdy FB page shared it.  

So this blog is where I showcase my work, share ideas, and get amazing feedback.  This blog is how I am an active part of the online quilting community.  I love this community, and I so appreciate all of my followers and the comments I get!  Thank you for being a part of my community!

18 comments:

  1. My blog is my showcase too, and my connection to other quilters. Though there are a few my age here who sew, they do so in fits and spurts rather than all the time. Connecting with others who feel passionate about quilting has been a wonderful part of blogging for me. I love seeing your work.

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  2. I don't belong to a guild either. I went once, but didn't feel like I belonged there. No one was very welcoming. So I never went back. I am like you. I have found more inspiration, acceptance and encouragement from on line quilters. I love this community. To hell with guilds. Love your tardis!

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  3. I've never been to a guild meeting, i think the guild we have here would be much like what you went to!
    So glad that you're part of our quilty community, and super happy to be able to call you a friend!
    Your work is always an inspiration to me and i always look forward to seeing what you have on the go!

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  4. Wouldn't it be great if online quilters all happened to live nearby and we could all meet up and start our own guild. Yes, I enjoy living in the fantasy world that exist only inside my head - it's a very interesting place, indeed.

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  5. Good for you for going! When I moved to CO about 9 years ago, I started going to a guild. I tried for a whole year. I was definitely the youngest there. I came from CA where there were lots of quilt shops and "cutting edge" techniques. They were shocked by my wool felt appliqué. Those meetings were worse than the cliques in high school! I never knew old ladies that were grandmas and baked cookies were so vicious. I stopped going and quilted with my mom and a few friends, but I needed inspiration. I turned to quilting blogs 6 months ago and have inspiration and motivation again. I wish I joined blog land sooner. Your quilting is amazing and I love the brash FU quilt. You rock,

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  6. I like both the blog, and the personal interactions in sewing groups. I haven't joined one since I moved away a few years ago. But I was fortunate enough to meet the sweetest group of sewing people when I was in the sewing club. I was the youngest too, and I couldn't have excel without the support of those sweet people. Though I have moved away, many of them keep in touch, and continue to cheer me on in my sewing journey.

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  7. I'm so excited to hear you finally went to the guild meeting. I've been thinking of joining but always forget the date. I am so fortunate to be a part of your community and a fellow quilty friend!

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  8. I'm sorry you didn't have a very pleasant experience with the guild but I'm still glad you tried it out! Do you mind me asking what kind of guild it was? I don't know for sure but I've gotten the feeling that, generally, the Modern Quilt Guilds are more "open" and accepting (but I could be wrong - ours is like that though). I'm so glad you have your blog and that we've become such good friends!! And thanks for linking up. I'm really glad I read this before my post about joining a guild.

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  9. I think "the blog" is a wonderful place to showcase your work. And we love to see it, admire it, be inspired by it and learn from it. Thank you for sharing with us, visiting with us, and 'being with' us, Renee! We should totally start an online only guild!

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  10. It is such a great community - and a great place to showcase your amazing work! And hey don't despair. I'm the youngest person in my local guild and have been for 18 years, LOL!!

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  11. It's so great to be able to connect with other quilty people. I can't imagine what stay at home moms used to do for entertainment haha

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  12. I am ten years younger than the next youngest in my sewing group, but I love hanging out with them. A few of them would have shouted out your quilt's text.

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  13. When your local guild doesn't meet your needs, start one of your own:)) it's super easy... Go to meetup.com and start a group for like minded folks. I bet you anything, that there are several other quilters out there wanting to meet others for coffee and a sew and who also don't care for the guild format. Hugs to you!!

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  14. You're quilting is always so so pretty! I always love looking at the gorgeousness you create, it always catches my eye when I scroll through my blog roll, even though my blog reading, and worse, commenting habits have become so patchy.

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  15. Did you learn on the internet? LOL. Your quilting is so beautiful in all of your work that I have seen - so I'm sure that it is always so. I am thrilled that you share and showcase your work here...Cause I love it! Thanks for sharing with us out here in blog-land. I have a blog, more because the people around me don't appreciate my creations that much...I actually got told the other day that I need to stop spending so much time sewing. lol. *sigh - relatives. But I also want to be able to look back and see how I have grown in my quilting. I finally found a local "modern" quilt guild and I'm the youngest one there...but it is fun to finally have quilting friends. :)
    Thanks again for sharing!
    - Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting

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  16. sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the guild. Maybe you need to find a local Modern guild. I was lucky in that a group of bloggy friends started a modern quilt guild in my area and graciously let me be in on it! Perhaps you could start your own?

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