Sunday, April 2, 2017

Call the Midwife, Quilter Style

Fans of the PBS series Call the Midwife will recognize these scenes and faces:

In the TV show, a group of plucky midwives (have you noticed how many heroines in British dramas are plucky??), some nuns and some lay nurses, minister to the women of East London in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a time of great upheaval and change both in medicine and in society as a whole. It's awesome TV and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Maybe my enjoyment of the series explains why I woke up this morning thinking, "You know, I'm kind of like a midwife, quilter style."

Most of my time these days is spent assisting other quilt designers with their projects. I've been having a ton of fun helping other quilters and companies with pattern writing, technical editing, sample sewing, and more. New collaborations with C&T Publishing, Pokey Bolton, and Kate Spain, LLC are keeping me busy right now, and I love every minute of it.

But, like a midwife, once the baby comes, it's...not mine. I'm thrilled for the designers whose work is born (Gerri Robinson, I'm looking at you and your new book, Casual Classic Quilts!), but I want and need to create, too. After all, even midwives get to have babies of their own at some point!

So this is my renewed commitment to myself to make time every day to create. When I do, I am so much happier! I have a quilt pattern for Timeless Treasures coming soon to their "free projects" page (watch for it here). It's called Born to Fly and it features their Fly Away fabric collection. I had the best time designing it and writing the pattern, and even spent hours teaching myself to create diagrams in Word. It's projects like this that remind me why I'm working in the quilting field to start with. I love to design and make quilts - duh!

Born to Fly sneak peek

If you need a quilting midwife, please contact me. There's nothing I'd like better than to help you birth your next project. And I'll also be dedicating some time to my own babies. And showing off their pictures here!