Our First Oxford Quilters' Guild Blog Post
I have a confession to make. I often have trouble sleeping after attending a meeting of the Oxford Quilters' Guild. This was true of my first meeting with guest artist, Al Cote, more than 4 years ago, and every guest artist since. My mind swirls around images of the quilts displayed and the stories the quilters share. Then I find myself still thinking about the artist lecture well into the night. I am sure that every attending member of the guild experiences the guest lecture differently based upon his or her personal development as a quilter. I imagine the more experienced quilters can identify with the stories shared and have similar experiences to connect with the guest artist. I am a "newbee" quilter, and as such, so much of what the guest artist shares is a new frontier of information. The reason my brain gets so engaged is because I need time to reflect on what I saw and heard.
This time, September 5th, I took notes. My first goal was to share with members who missed meetings, what they may have missed. It turned out, that I miss a lot even when I am there because so many of the references the lecturer makes, has no personal meaning to me. The next day, I read over the notes and I looked up the names of teachers, fabric and pattern designers. As a former educator, I know that this is an opportunity to extend my learning, to make meaning from the guest lecturer. In my blog, I intend to share both the ideas from the lecture and the specific content referenced.
What to Expect from Future Blogs
You can expect that each meeting blog will have 2 parts. First an account of the Guest Artists' presentation. Second, a Glossary of the key quilting teachers, influences, designers etc... that has inspired our guest artist. Links to more information of each item in the glossary will be provided.