Friday, July 23, 2010
Roses in the Garden
Somewhere in the garden of life, one finds roses who stand out.
For me in my quilting experiences there have been a few who stand out as mentors for me as I've begun quilting.
First there was Tommye, a friend in Moab, who through the quilt guild there was an inspiration to many and then as she got a long arm quilting machine, I wanted one done by her, and I have one on my bed and sent my sister another one completed by Tommye.
As I moved from Moab, I started looking through the web and found some inspiration there. One was Bev in Alaska as she was known to the Sunshine Yahoo Group. She was a major inspiration to that group. She would take tops, turn them into quilts and then donate them in either of two places: Wrap Them in Love or Wrap a Smile. She could encourage the beginner quilter, as I was back in 2007 with warmth and encouragement. I could hardly wait until she would post pictures of the tops made into quilts. She lived alone, and made her time that of doing what she loved: quilting. I received word this morning that she has possibly passed on. If it is so, and I think it is as I've watched her slow down considerably in the past year, then one of my most prolific mentors has passed from this world.
Another mentor, has been Carol E. of Giraffe's Blogspot, listed at the right among blogs. Carol is another prolific quilter and one of encouragement to many. I love to watch as Carol comes up with some very unique quilts and always makes them great.
Another mentor that has touched my quilting in a big way is Mary of Mary quilts; also listed at the right on my bloglist. Her tenacity at making patterns to share for free has influenced many quilters worldwide. She founded Heartstrings quilt group and that's where I learned to love string quilts. String quilts are a staple within my quilting. When I don't know quite what to do with my fabrics, a string quilt always works. I've made two wedding quilts from strings and am starting on a third, soon.
So, a rose to those who have been mentors to me. Quilty hugs to my followers and those who have also inspired me in many ways, (Sue and Helen in the UK) for your daily emails and encouragement. The list goes on and on, and those listed today were just the first in my world, but by no means the only influences in my quilting world!