Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
It was to take us 8 months for 8 participants working at a pace of 1 row/mo. Each person picked a theme, and decided on "rules" for guidance in the making of the rows to follow. Some had color preferences , pattern choice(s), or simply an "express youself" attitude. Then the first rows ( acting as each quilt's foundation row) were sent out in Jan. The owners of these rows would not see their rows or even pictures of the rows being added by their friends, until the quilt came home at the end.
It takes a newbie at row robins a bit of courage ...others would be seeing one's work up close. Yet, we all knew we would do our best ( at whatever skill level we were at), and trust the others to do the same. Then, as the rows came around to us ,we often had to learn new methods, or move out of our color comfort zones.Research, planning, digging through our stash for just the right fabric...hey! this was getting to be fun! Finally the row would be sewn, and a few heartfelt words added to the journal that accompanied each set of rows, and the parcel would go off in the post. Within a week, the next set of rows would arrive, and the process would start over.
We had our mishaps. One set of rows got lost in the mail ( mine) after 2 additions had been made. lt put us behind schedule, by 2 months as l made a replacement and sent it along to where it should have gone. Besides that delay, some us us found that life got "interesting" , and encroached on our time and/or sewing space. Still, our stalwarth group kept up the route of the quilts, sometimes a few days late , often foregoing other activities that really needed our attention...because we'd made this commitment, and a quilters word is golden. The 2 quilters who's additions to my quilt got lost were both generous and made replacement rows, for which l'm so greatful. My quilt would not be complete without them.
This experience has made me a better quilter. l've learned some history of the blocks l've made. l've learned how to use my machine to perform some really interesting stitch effects. Most of all, l've learned to "lighten up " and not be such a serious quilter. From now on, there are going to be more purple cats , green dogs, and a variety of background fabrics!
l've gotten to know and appreciate the talents of 7 fellow quilters.We've shared our ups and downs, solved problems, helped each other over "quilters block", and learned from each other. l'm so grateful to have had the chance to participate in this project. My lovely rows have arrived home, and l'm busy planning how l'm going to place them then quilt the whole. Would l do it all again? You bet! ...but not for a while...l need a rest:))