Monday, March 12, 2012

It's all about the collaboration, people!

SewConnected Quilt

I'm really excited that the Modern Quilt Guild invited me to be a guest blogger today to kick off their week on collaboration, part of their 100 Days of Modern Quilting series. For me, the whole appeal of quilting, sewing, blogging, Flickr-ing, Tweeting, Facebooking lies at the heart of where they all connect, and it can be boiled down to one word: collaboration. Simply put, I play this game because I love the people I get to play it with and -- more importantly -- I can help create things more beautiful, ambitious, and inspired than anything I could ever create alone. Sure, swaps and bees are the most obvious points of collaboration -- but I believe that even taking the fabric and artwork created by a designer and then making something new and different from it is a form of collaboration.

SewConnected Quilt

In my post, I highlight a quilt that I've never shown off in all its completed glory here on the blog: my SewConnected quilt. I just recently finished binding it up, and it immediately became one of my favorite quilts. Ever. I love the happy colors, the gorgeous prints, the modern block designs, and the fact that I now have a little bit of 12 other fabulous quilters living in my house with me. Thanks Jacquie, Amy E., Meg, Stefanie, Dee, Amanda Jean, Amy D., Audrey, Buffy, Sarah, Rita, Tracy, Lyssa, Jessica, and guest block-maker Rachel for sharing your time, skill, and talent with me.

SewConnected Quilt

See more pictures of my quilt and read more about my thoughts on quilting and collaboration here.

SewConnected Quilt

SewConnected Quilt

27 comments:

  1. very very cool! it would be a favorite in my house, too!

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  2. Ummmm, I'm pretty much head over heels in love with that quilt.

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  3. Love it! I love the fabric as well. Do you use a long arm or a domestic machine? You quilting is great, too!

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  4. love it! really!!
    its so beautifull!
    Liebste Grüsse
    Nathalie

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  5. It's fantastic...I really like the quilting!

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  6. ummm love it, want it, on my way over to steal it off of your bed!! hehe

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  7. Wow. I love it! Its totally crazy but the colours and mix of patterns work so well! It just epitomizes what a Bee quilt should be :-)

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  8. Oh I really do love this quilt. It is fantastic. Wish it was mine.

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  9. What a gorgeous quilt, John, and definitely a great one to highlight how much more beauty can be generated by a bit of group effot.

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  10. John, beautiful quilt. I'm going to be at a QuiltGuy, all male quilting retreat in Kingston, NY this weekend. Wish you could make it.

    Here's a photo album from our last retreat - https://plus.google.com/photos/117757910488771719712/albums/5654056393477290417

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  11. Oh that is so much fun...I love it.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  12. absolutely awesome!! I love all those beautiful fabrics together :o)

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  13. Wow what a beautiful quilt! So modern, yet traditional, just the right mix. The quilting looked just as beautiful. I love it on the bed. Congratulations!

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  14. Very colorful, a great looking quilt

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  15. It is so beautiful! I love how it all turned out, and it was so much fun to be a part of the process. Love it!

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  16. Your quilt put a big smile on my face. It's beautiful and I like how you quilted it too.
    Off to read more...
    jj

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  17. Dear John: I have been enjoying your tutorials that have surfaced through the modern quilt guild. I am ALL about trying Wonky....but recall SOMEWHERE among your post a post by someone else (not Denyse Schmidtz) that gave some guidelines to have the best success.....can you please direct me there? Thanks so much! CAROL in CHINA

    http://cricketsvoice.blogspot.com

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  18. Amazing! Permission to Pin on Pinterest????

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  19. Hi, is there a pattern for this or something like it somewhere?

    Erica

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