I'm going to take a short blogging break to spend some time with my family and refresh my creative energies (that sounds terribly artsy fartsy but I couldn't think of a better way to put it) for 2014. I'll be back early in the New Year. In the meantime, I'll be tootling around on instagram - find me here or look me up - my username is @adrianneonthewindyside.
|Image from Pantone|
Make sure you stick around - Anne from Play Crafts and I have teamed up to co-host the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid and we are very excited about it! We will be announcing all the details on January 6th, and already have some amazing prizes lined up, so start thinking about what you might like to make for the challenge.
In case you are looking for some reading material over the break, I've included some blog posts that I found really informative and thought provoking this year.
First up is this series on how to be a better craft teacher from SewMamaSew, written by Deborah from Whipstitch. I have a bit of teaching lined up next year and I will be re-reading these posts before each class.
Be a Better Craft Teacher Part 1: Know Your Stuff
Be a Better Craft Teacher Part 2: Know Your Student
Be a Better Craft Teacher Part 3: Know Your Goal
Be a Better Craft Teacher Part 4: Know Your Medium
Be a Better Craft Teacher Part 5: Know Your Limits
Be a Better Craft Teacher Part 6: Know Your Effectiveness
I'm not sure exactly how I stumbled across Sam Hunter's blog posts about what quilts are worth, but I was sure glad I did. I don't think we all need to agree on exactly how to calculate the value of a quilt, but I definitely think we should all be thinking about it, and what you would do if you were asked to make a quilt for money.
Sam Hunter's First Post
Sam Hunter's Second Post
Sam Hunter's We are $ew Worth It page
Then Miss Molli (aka Josh) from Molli Sparkles picked up the mantle when he was asked to design and sew a quilt for a friend. In these posts he talks about how he costed a specific quilt, and in the second post he responds to some of the comments on the first post. You could spend hours reading all the comments on these posts! There were plenty of divergent views and even though it caused a bit of debate, I think it was a topic worth debating.
TGIFF - No Value Does Not Equal Free
No Value Does Not Equal Free - Some Responses
Quilting would be a whole lot less fun without the encouragement, support and interaction I get through this blog and the online quilting community, so thank you for making 2013 such a great year! Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy festive season!