A couple of days ago I attended my local quilt guild meeting. Our program was by Shannon Shirley. It was a trunk show illustrating her growth as a quilter over 25 years. There were a lot of quilts!
One might think that her growth would be of perfecting her sewing and quilting stitches , perhaps the complexity of design. It did all of that and more. She spoke of her entry into the quilt world and how her personality affected her quilts. She is not one to sit still! By now you are wondering what she did? She continued to learn, not just for betterment of skills but learning new techniques.
Each time the opportunity arose to learn a new technique she took the class. She said in learning she “would put that skill into her toolbox.” Most of the time she would make a small project so she would complete it and therefor have a record to refer to. She may never use it again but she knew now how to do it. Actually she did incorporate many into her quilts.
As it happens she has opened her mind to new to new possibilities and created new twists on some of the techniques. She certainly lite a fire in the minds of some of our members. The emails are appearing quickly in response to her program. I expect that we will see some terrific quilts in the near future by our guild members.
Shannon is currently writing a book and has two more in line. We are looking forward to their release.