Talking about Quilts // Favorite Things


A few weeks ago, I spent a Friday night talking with the Sister’s Choice Quilt Guild (Falls Church, VA) about Quilts + the Publishing Process–specifically self-publishing (blogs & patterns), in magazines, in anthologies or a pattern in a book, and finally,  books themselves. I also spent quite a bit of time talking  about modern + traditional quilts, which is probably the space that I feel most comfortable in.

I realized that night that I enjoy talking about quilts, the process, their history, different genres, etc. almost as much as I like actually sewing. I learned so much from observing the Sister’s Choice guild in action, and I really had a great night. I’m going to be giving a similar version of the talk  to the DC Modern Quilt Guild at an upcoming meeting, and I look forward to seeing how the conversation differs from the Sister’s Choice guild, if at all.


And you know I can’t write a Favorite Things post without an “adventure” picture, so here it is. A few weeks ago we rented a paddleboat on the Tidal Basin (right next to the Jefferson Memorial, pictured here). It was hot and paddleboats are clunky, but the view was spectacular and the company was happy, which is always a plus! Happy Friday, friends.

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  1. Posted July 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Yay! I have to make the meeting where you are going to talk to us about this!

    PS, we did the paddle boats at the Tidal Basin too a few years ago. Oh. My. Gosh. It was a lot of work. We laughed and laughed and enjoyed a very warm day in DC

  2. Posted July 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I wish I were closer so I could attend your lecture :-) I think talking about quilts is just another aspect of the whole quilting process and it’s so great to find your niche! I enjoyed seeing your quilt in Quilty, too.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 1:34 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Christa! It’s such a treat to talk about quilting with people who love it as much as I do. Good thing for blogs, right?

  3. Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ve given quite a few talks to local guilds in and around the St. Louis area and find that while I’m usually a very introverted person, if I start talking about quilting, it’s hard to shut me up :-)

    I guess it all goes back to finding one’s passion.

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