I profiled Meg Cox, author of The Quilter’s Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, months ago here, and I attended her session at Fall Quilt Market. Meg is the new evangelist for all things quilting, her goal being to create new quilters in the 85% of American households that don’t have one. Can it really be that high?
Meg holds “Learn to Quilt” parties where she teaches women and girls how to quilt: just the basics like how to pin, piece by hand, and tie a quilt. Oh, and they serve “Quiltinis” – a mock cocktail. She approaches nontraditional venues such as bookstores, mother’s groups, and other social gathering locations where women hang out.
The interesting comment Meg made was this: Quilters can be our own worst enemies when it comes to growing the quilting community, because we make things so complicated.
You know what? I agree. Go to any guild Show and Tell and the oohs and aahs go to the 3000-pieces Grandmother’s Flower Garden, the king-size Mariner’s Compass, or other such masterpiece quilts. And we should be impressed. But what happens when a quilter holds up a Turning Twenty or Yellow Brick Road? Quiet smiles and nods. Move on. Seen it.
Let’s embrace all quilters: new, expert, traditional, art. We all love fabric, creating beauty, and the comraderie of other quilters. Let’s spread the word!