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.