I love the way our networks of quilters nuture our creativity. Let me tell you a story about my latest acquisition - I think it illustrates what I mean very clearly.
Last year I bought the book Collaborative Quilting by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran, mainly because I have admired Gwen Marston's work for many, many years (more about Gwen to come in a later post). This book exposed me, for the first time, to Freddy's quilts, in which she combines fabrics in an extraordinary way. It is a stunning book and I look at it most weeks.
A couple of months ago, Sarah showed me her copy of Freddy's House, a book about Freddy's home and her quilts featuring house blocks, published in 1999. Sarah had been tracking down a copy for ages and had finally acquired it. Drool.
I decided that I had to have the book, but it was very elusive, until I finally posted a message to my online quilt group, Scquilters, asking if anyone had a copy and was willing to sell. Kate in Queensland replied, saying she didn't have one herself, but the shop where she worked had a single copy in stock and would I like it? Would I! Thanks to Kate at Patches Indooroopilly, it arrived today and I am a happy woman.
See what I mean? How good is it that, through my network of quilting friends, I heard about this book (which is old in publishing terms) and then was able to acquire my own copy? Now I am poring over Freddy's House and absorbing every page. I am so lucky.
(Gwen and Freddy have collaborated to produce another book, Freddy and Gwen collaborate again: freewheeling twists on traditional quilt designs, which will be available about July - can't miss that one!)