Updated: Sep 10, 2018
Just saying this right up front. I'm thinking of this less of a blog as more as a supplement to this online portfolio. A place to document inspirations, WIPs, things like that. Kind of like... a blog. So to start, I guess we go to the beginning.
I started quilting just like my mother did - in the firm affirmation that I'd never do it. Cut up fabric into tiny fussy pieces and sew them back together? Pffft. Ridiculous. By the late 90s my mom was in it deep. I followed suit around 2008. I was cutting up magazines and arranging them into nested patterns. She says to me, you know what you're doing, right?
I started off making NICU covers. Small, achievable, rewarding, and useful. Then I made a dog quilt or two. Then immediately onto 1" squares. Ah, beginner's confidence.
I had to put quilting on the back burner for a while...grad school, life, etc. Then in 2015, my mom invited me to a class with the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild (see work "For Becca" for more of the story). That began an introduction to modern quilt instructors, new methods, and people who also loved quilting and inspired and challenged me. I reconnected with quilters I followed back in the Flikr days on social media and I was all in. Suddenly, time came a little easier. I mean time is always an issue, but when you really get into something you tend to find the time, right?
In 2017 I was elected President of the Orlando MQG. We were winding up the Quilts for Pulse project, a drive that yielded nearly 1800 quilts from all 50 states and 23 countries as a project of community support for those who were directly affected by, or aided in relief from the tragic mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. Let me just pause here and say this: I had never before seen such a outpouring of love. And it was one of my greatest privileges to hand over those works of art and objects of love to those intended recipients. I could really go on here, but that story can never be summed up. Another fascinating thing is how this group, which had then grown to about 100 people, basically put everything on hold for a year to work on this project. And now I, along with an outstanding group of Leaders on the board, were now entrusted to return to the broader mission of the Guild.
I've been rekindled by the opportunity to take my love of arts and experience in business and leadership and see myself as a combination of the two. In the past, those two sides of me were either at odds, or in some quiet symbiosis, but weren't actively collaborating. With the gifts from these past few years, I get to transition to a chapter that springboards off of both.