Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A pause to give thanks

The pictures that follow are today's progress, but are pretty self-explanatory, so I'm going to veer off topic for a moment.  

It has occurred to me that this is a quilt that would never have been made were it not for the internet and for the world of quilt blogging.

If I hadn't found Julie's blog, I would never have tried free piecing... 

without the AHIQ challenge from Ann The Shipping Forecast might never have been more than a vague notion... 

without instagram I wouldn't have seen Tonya Ricucci's Shark and realised she had found the perfect way to piece water.  
So I would like to give my heartfelt thanks for all quilters, quilt bloggers and instagrammers, for everyone who takes the time to comment on quilt blogs, for the sharing of ideas, techniques, inspiration and support, for communication and creativity.  Thank you!

And, in the spirit of sharing, I am linking up with Linda and Julie for sew stitch snap SHARE.

15 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Hear, hear! I think that the online community is rather special. <3

Lynette said...

Yes! I really love the tremendous renaissance and explosion, even, of quilting ever since quilters found blogging and then IG. And with your Forecast project - I'm super-digging the dark lighthouse and its very cool background fabric.

Julie said...

What an amazing quilt, I love those lighthouses, and I love how by sharing your inspiration you have linked us to new creators and inspirations too. Thanks for linking to Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Yes, totally agree! I love all the creative sharing that happens online and the new quilty friends I've made over recent years. And I'm loving following your clever progress with your 'shipping forecast'.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

"Shipping Forecast" is coming along wonderfully! You have this lighthouse thing like a boss.

Like everyone above, I am also grateful for the online community of quilters. Sadly, I don't say it often enough, so thanks for that, too, Kaja.

Ann said...

How kind of you, Kaja. I feel I've gotten so much more inspiration from you than the other way around. It's especially nice when we can share freely.

Shasta Matova said...

This is lovely. Yes, the internet is truly a wonderful thing. People from all around the world learning and getting ideas from each other, making friendships they would never otherwise be able to make.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Oh, Kaja - what you shared is SO very true. I have been inspired by so many and I am thrilled that I can give back through my IG feed, my beloved blog, and my book. And thank YOU for sharing yourself with us.

patty a. said...

I have felt isolated as an improv quilter where I live, but the on-line community has been my rock! I have formed such wonderful relationships on-line and am grateful for that. Everyone is so giving and supportive. I am so glad I found you and Ann and the wonderful AHIQ group that you both run.

Janie said...

In the 'spirit of sharing' yes, Kaja, I agree.
Life is more fun when shared.

Mystic Quilter said...

Wonderful, wise words Kaja! I can do no more than totally agree with you and deciding to try blogging has opened up a whole new world for me!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Oh, Yes! I love visiting and being inspired by others. It's a wonderful thing! You have inspired me be be an improv painter. Thank You!

-Soma

Monica said...

It's looking good! And I agree, the blogosphere is excellent! It is constantly pushing me to a higher level.

JanineMarie said...

Hurrah for the quilting community! This is looking great! Until you started this quilt I had not heard of The Shipping Forecast. Now I've read references to it in the last two books I've read. How fun!

Julie said...

Hear, hear! The willingness to freely share ideas--especially in the area of artistic technique has helped many of us venture into such fulfilling areas. The little spark of, Oh, I could try that, too! has inspired many of us to try something new, and added such meaning to our lives through the art and community. I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for the reminder.