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Oct 2, 2010

Changing Lanes

Oct 2, 2010
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Last week I realized it's been only 3 months since I started this blog.  I am so happy to have made many new friends and I have to admit I spend way too much time reading what all of you have going on in your corners of the world.

Along with my newfound addiction to the blog world, I have realized my inspirations in quilt design and fabric selection have totally done a 180.  The "old AnneMarie" was completely limited by the offering at my LQS - which I now realize is very traditional in terms of fabric selection and patterns.  I would find a few Moda lines I enjoyed, but it mostly has more "country and traditional" than I would like.
In addition to only looking locally, I also want to mention that my young boys, who tend to pound on the keyboard and wiggleworm in my lap during waking hours, severely crimped my surfing style for anything quilty in the past.....and most days, by the end of the day, I was just too tired to spend any time in front of the glaring screen.

Then, for some reason, I started Gen X Quilters.  I feel like I have been awakened by all of you!  I now see SOOOOOO much more that is out there.  I used to struggle to pick out fabric for quilts and now everything I see....I want.....  (this could be a serious problem actually.....)   It seems so silly that just 3 months ago, I was basically unfamiliar all the other wonderful online fabric shops that offer modern stuff.  I am trying hold back on buying all this great stuff because I so badly want a long-arm (eek!), but who knows if that will ever come to be....

Anyway, thanks for listening to this little confession session.  Although I still have a pile of older projects to finish, I plan to be changing lanes.  Hello "new AnneMarie".....blogger and online-fabric-buying-junkie, looking to make some of those Fresh Modern Quilts!!
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7 comments:

  1. I totally relate to everything you just said! I had no idea that there was such a "fresh" take on quilting out in blog land. And joining my local Philly Modern Quilt Guild has finally introduced me to this world in person. you should see if you have a local chapter, it's a national organization. themodernquiltguild.com

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  2. I'm right there with ya! Our LQS is VERY traditional! I was almost against quilts in general because of the COUNTRY look that is so prevelant here! Thank goodness for blogging! It's opened up a new world!

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  3. I can relate too! I'm amazed when I look back at the first few quilts I made. My aesthetic has REALLY evolved since then, thanks almost entirely to Flickr and the blogosphere. I put off starting a blog for a long time because I didn't think I had time, but now I'm so glad that I did - for a long time I just watched and admired you all from the sidelines. Now I'm fully participating and I LOVE it!

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  4. Welcome to the dark side. You will love it here. :)

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  5. I also relate to your sentiments. I am just venturing into the land of quilting, and it happened quite by accident! I have always "hated" quilts, but the only ones I had ever seen were seriously country-fied, lol, the pastel pinks and blues, all floral, all with white background ... totally NMS. Then I ran across a picture of a quilt and it had bright orange and green fabrics coupled with grey, and one of the fabrics had ROBOTS on it! I was blown away, and thought immediately "I want to do THAT." Of course, I have just picked out the fabric for my first project from our local fabric store, and it was pretty much torture. All the display quilts were very traditional, and when I asked for help coordinating my fabrics, the lady had a really hard time because she couldn't see past her own aesthetic, LOL! They had very little in the way of modern fabric as well, so, it was overall just a very frustrating experience. :( I'm probably going to have to do most of my shopping online ... once I figure out if I can actually *DO* this or not!!! Wish me luck!

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  6. I am totally in agreement! I liked quilting well enough, and got back 'into' doing it regularly before I started reading blogs online, but WOW, I am thinking my next quilts are going to be quite different from my first ones!

    And I don't actually have a stash, at the moment. I'm not sure if online fabric shopping contributes to a stash, or if I'll be able to keep things manageable because I can't impulse-purchase so much online. I don't have a stash, but I have a planned-project list, and it's growing!!

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