When I started blogging in 2005, my first real post was about wanting to join the party, of being part of the conversation that occurs when you blog and share what you're doing with others. Especially if you are a blogger, you know how relationships grow as comments are left and responded to and new connections are made. Lately, I'm starting to feel like I'm standing outside that window again, watching the party. *Knock, knock, knock!! I'm here! I'm still here!!* I've noticed that I've gotten into the habit the past year or so of only posting when I have project progress to show and with my recent routine somewhat compromised by house showings and impromptu out-of-town trips, project focus has suffered. However, since my desktop (and mind!) is usually littered with notes to mention in some eventual post, I've decided to return to my blogging roots and drop in every couple of days with whatever I've got.
One afternoon last week while killing time before a showing, I was seized with the declutter bug and pulled out a bunch of older Quilter's Newsletter magazines to weed through. It's amazing to see what catches your eye on reexamination, which is, I guess, every magazine hoarder's reason for letting piles stack up around them. But saving hundreds of old issues takes space and time to continually refer back through so armed with scissors and resolve, I spent an hour clipping inspiration photos. And in two fairly recent QNs (2006,) I came across photos of Beth Reisman's Elvis quilts which excited me as not much has in a while. How had I missed these in previous perusals? I've been itching to pair my basket blocks with some loose, fresh applique borders and these examples jumped off the page at me!
Now, here's a funny thing. A day or two after I cut these out, I clicked on to Tonya's new post and what was she writing about? Her inspiration notebook...and there in the middle of the page was a spread from an old AQS issue, featuring an article about Beth Reisman and her different, Baltimore Elvis quilt. Something in the air this month, I guess.
Back to the quilts. While examining BR's folky borders, I noticed in the photo notes that she mentioned using applique motifs from two of Jeana Kimball's now out-of-print books, Red & Green: An Applique Tradition and Old Voices, New Impressions. Since I have them both, I pulled them out to take a new look. That was quite the creative jump Beth took! Which proves that inspired, funky work can come from the most traditional sources if you're willing to think big and push the envelope a bit.
Which leads me to one, last observation, for quilters, knitters and crafters alike. If you're culling through older books to make room for new, do check online for current OOP prices on craft books in your discard pile. While poking around to locate a Jeana Kimball book which I don't own, I came across this Amazon page for Old Voices, New Impressions, a slim, staple bound pattern book. Phew. Glad I didn't include that in my last box run to Half-Price Books.
I have a bunch of new links to share but I'll save them for next time. Soon!