What I know for sure

Back from Quilt Market! What a success! The Stash Books imprint has really gained huge momentum in the short time we have been in print, and our entire C&T list received a great response. And, the whole of market was (just about) all positive, as I had hoped. Which was the best part. I left feeling energized and massively optimistic about our future lists and hope to develop some new contacts into great authors!

Of course, I took no pictures. GAAA!

How could that be?

One of my favorite parts of going on trips is the flight home. I know I have done what I needed (two schoolhouse presentations and an early morning breakfast with some of our shops) and wanted to do (dinner with friends/authors/colleagues, seeing all of the exhibition quilts, and walking every aisle of the show floor), and I know that I am coming home to my family. So on the flight home, I usually just sit back and relax.  And I did…even though I was writing descriptions for the projects for our upcoming Hat Shop Design Collective (this one is going to be just wonderful!):

I got to thinking about all of the amazing work that is going on behind the scenes of The Modern Quilt Guild. That, and thinking about Bari Ackerman’s thoughtful post to her daughters about the word ‘just’. That, and I got to thinking about Denyse Schmidt’s new book coming out that she shared with us at dinner. That, and I got to thinking about one of the comments I hear alot,  (‘These girls think that they just invented sliced bread.”) and one of the comments I am hearing more and more (”Just because they have a blog doesn’t mean they deserve a book”).


Now, you all know that I am in the business of words. So I take them pretty seriously. I like words. I like them as labels and I like them as tags and I like them as keywords in search engines. And I’d like to share with you my thoughts…the things I know for sure:

1. I don’t really believe that ‘these gals’ think they invented sliced bread. I think they know they didn’t and, what’s more, I think we all know that ‘you’ didn’t either. But I sure do like bread.

2. I can’t really talk too much about who ‘deserves’ what. That sounds a lot like injustice collecting to me. There are many voices and I hope that what I do helps bring some new designers (who I think are really talented) to the conversation to give a voice to the work that only they are doing.

3. I love Denyse Schmidt. She is a wonderful ambassador for quilting and through her work, she has reached audiences from Pottery Barn to Joann Fabrics. In her upcoming book, she shares with us her love of the traditional quilts. It is an absolute must-have for all of our libraries.

4. Modern Quilting actually means something. It is not a social movement. It is a definition of a specific style of quilting that we have all been lucky enough to witness the formation of. It is a term that we should all get comfortable with, learn to identify correctly, and have well-informed opinions about. Check out wonderful examples at Heather’s blog: Modern Day Quilts.

5. I loved Bari’s blog post that I mentioned above. And I know this isn’t what she meant, but I have to say that I really am ‘just’ a quilter. I am not a Modern Quilter. In fact, my all-time favorite pattern is a double irish chain. I have made some modern quilts and hope to make many more, but to say that I am one takes away more from those designers who are Modern Quilters, than it would say about me.

And that is what I know for sure.

About Susanne

I am a small business owner, a mother, a crafter and the Editorial Director at a craft book publisher. Opinions and thoughts are mine alone. If you would like to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you at susannewoods at hotmail dot com.
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10 Responses to What I know for sure

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  3. Suzy says:

    I know this: I don’t know you, but I like you.

    Thank you for the reminder that new doesn’t make old become bad.
    There is room for change in every industry or craft and new ideas don’t mean ‘competition’ – they’re just new and maybe different. (sliced or diced ;) )

    Thank you for reminding us that it’s a big, wide and mostly level, playing field.

  4. Weeks Ringle says:

    As Bill and I have said every time we have been asked, “Modern Quilts” is interpreted by different people in different ways. We’ve been making Modern Quilts since 1995 but that doesn’t mean that we don’t value the contributions both technical and aesthetic of traditional quilters. I heard more negative remarks about various people and factions in the quilting community at Market than I cared to. I look forward to the day when everyone can just appreciate the diverse contributions of the entire community rather than feeling the need to assign judgements.

  5. Erin says:

    Loved Bari’s post & this one too. Yay!

  6. Seriously! So well written, you must be an editor or something! :) keep up the great work and ignore the haters. Funny quote I overheard at market about modern quilters, “they make simple quilts and don’t use triangles”. I just had to chuckle. I responded that I don’t care what people make as long as they are quilting!

  7. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the link to Bari’s inspiring post! I also hopped over to that Psych article and am really loving this quote today: “Inequities are bound to occur; it is how we react to the perceived injustice that is key.” So, so true! “How much will this particular injustice matter in the grand scheme of life?” Preach it, blog post…

  8. Bari says:

    Thanks for mentioning my post. So glad to hear market was awesome. Stash books rocks! I am slightly disappointed to hear I didn’t invent sliced bread though. And all this time I was reveling in my own genius. Rats.

  9. Heather says:

    So glad to hear that you had such a great market, and I’m still bummed that I wasn’t able to be there! Thank you, once again, for being such a staunch supporter of the Modern Quilt movement. I truly believe that, because of people like you, the movement is beginning to get the recognition and validation it deserves. Kudos to you, Stash Books, and the entire C&T family.

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