serendipity

I’ve been overusing that word in the last few days, and hearing a lot of John Cusack references in answer, but there’s no other word for it. I’m feeling good about things…so good, I went out and bought a few quick pick lotto tickets! But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.

I got hired by my company! So now, instead of being a consultant, I’m an official employee on the payroll. Still part-time, which is perfect. I truly have THE BEST JOB EVER.

Then, my kid finally got into a preschool! I was about to give up – I’m on waiting lists all over town with no nibbles, and I called the top of my list in hopes that there had been a little movement. School #2 said, “Oh! I was just going to call you today! I have one spot for you!” Whew! That is a big relief…I hope this works out!

I was doing my normal eye-candy-foraging on ohfransson.com, and read her post about the Portland branch of the Modern Quilt Guild. I followed the link and found the national page, which led me to the LA branch. So I joined! I lucked out, and was able to make it to a meeting and met a bunch of cool girls, saw a bunch of awesome quilts, and am really looking forward to getting to know everyone better. Then I found out there is a little local guild forming! So exciting. I’ll probably hardly ever get to go to the meetings, but they have a weekend sew once a month, and I think I can swing some of those.

I just wanted to mention this quickly. These girls are doing something awesome. Pioneers! Bringing together modern quilters who have already been grouping informally online for a long time…sharing ideas, forming bees, etc. This is happening because there is a real gap in the industry where modern quilters are concerned!

I recently went to the Road 2 CA quilt show and not one vendor had any Denyse Schmidt fabric for sale. I don’t know how many vendors were in the vendor mall, but there are over 100 listed on the site. Not all of them sell fabric, of course, but still. Not one had Denyse Schmidt, and I’d say she’s easily one of the most popular fabric and quilt designers of the modern quilt movement. Another popular designer who was nowhere to be found was Heather Ross. I did see a couple Mendocino prints, but only one vendor. CRAZY. I saw about a billion reproduction prints from every time period…except my own! So that’s a bummer. The industry is not keeping up with the whole audience. And what’s happening is that the fabric manufacturers and the book publishers see the writing on the wall – or internet – but the trade shows and traditional shops seem to be a few steps behind.

One thing I did see was some of the Gees Bend solids and the kits. Now, how can you make a pattern for a Gees Bend quilt? I mean, doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose? Watch it…or we’ll take the magic right out of those beautiful quilts.

Alright, that’s enough of that.

One last good fortune… our family in the Dominican Republic is safe and sound, which is awesome.

I hope to do some sewing this week. I hope you and yours are doing great. I wish all the babies in Haiti were wrapped in quilts right now.

8 thoughts on “serendipity

  1. Hi! I’m Cherri House, of Cherry House Quilts, and I really love what you said about the industry, stores, etc. I’m giving a school house @ Spring Market, and I would like quote what you have said; so well. If you have a minute, would you get back to me, and let me know if this would be okay?

    Thanks so much!

    Cherri

    P.S. Congrats on the job & preschool :-)

  2. Sure, Cherri, I’ll shoot you an email. Feel free to quote me, although, I often blog about whatever without the slightest thought for who will read it :) I’m certainly no expert on anything – Just excited to find some girls breaking new ground and planting pretty trees in what can sometimes be an old parking lot. Thanks for stopping by. I’m a big fan of your gorgeous patterns!

  3. Lynn and Trudy, thanks for reading and well wishing :) You guys are so nice! Lynn, at the guild meeting, they were talking about long-armer recommendations, and I’d like to give your name if that’s okay with you!

  4. I have to second your thoughts about the gees bend quilt kits. I was startled when I saw them in the store. It is a bit ironic I suppose, and horrifying at the same time. Hope those ladies at least got good deals on the licensing fees.

    Glad you could make the guild meeting. It was neet to see your fabric in person. Hope to see you at the weekend sew!

  5. Ah, that’s how my LQS is too. Sometimes I feel guilty about not going there and buying online instead, and then I remember what the fabrics are like and how different they are from what I buy. I haven’t gone to the local guild for that same reason – I’m sure the ladies would be nice, but I don’t know what they’d make of my quilts. I’m considering going to a quilt show just so I can see if there’s anything I find interesting.

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