In the ‘Countdown to classes‘ series here’s number –
Today I want to talk about classes and why you should attend one on a regular basis. As far as Apatchy Quilting goes I always envisaged that it would be a haven away from the stresses of everyday life as well as a quilting venue that nurtures creativity and inspiration. This is why I try to encourage everyone to think positively and why I discourage negative talk at classes – because it discourages people.
I was sad to hear that Rod McKuen died this week – I loved his poetry from the time I was a teenager. This portion of the poem ‘A Safe Place to Land‘ reflects what I feel about Apatchy:
“There should be some silence in this place so thought can harvest things it’s lately caught. I hope that you will take this as a resting space. A bench provided just before the clearing up ahead.”
Linda Steele is an award-winning quilter. She put together a list of 10 reasons to belong to a group. I couldn’t have put it better myself so here is her list:–
Who cannot help but be inspired by other peoples quilts.
In our busy world it is impossible to keep up with everything going on.
Sewing and quilting can be a solitary activity. Of course we all need time alone to prepare, design and achieve but it’s good to show others what we are doing as well.
Honest feedback is hard to find in the quilting world. Family and friends are too close and often don’t have the expertise. This is where a group with the skill to articulate and use the principles of Art and Design as their base is invaluable.
Everyone’s work is different and it is very interesting to see how other people approach a theme or idea.
Nothing spurs you on like a little bit of friendly competition.
Designing your own quilts and entering competitions can be tough and rejection is common. This is where groups can offer understanding, commiseration and encouragement.
Self-esteem is often built on achievement and finishing a quilt or helping organise an activity is very rewarding.
Advising, listening, supporting and sharing with others have the advantage of boosting our own confidence.
I have met so many wonderful people including online friends through my quilting groups.
Exactement! My thoughts too.
See you on Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am to 12:30 for the day class or 6:00pm to 9:00pm for the evening class if you’re a night owl. Be there or be square.
If you have missed any of the Countdown to Classes series here are the links: