I live in a great community filled with quilters. There are traditional quilters, modern quilters, art quilters and everything in between. One of the draws for quilters is a larger population of people like me who have their children raised and time to devote to the creative process.
My quilter friends shop at a local gem: Superior Threads. Superior has a warehouse that also serves as a retail outlet. I love wandering around the maze of thread and picking out just the right, weight, color, and kind of thread for my projects. The people in the warehouse are busy packing items for shops and online customer, but they are never to busy to help me find what I am looking for.
As I checked out one day I mentioned to the receptionist my passion for art quilting. We got to chatting and I gave her my website address. Several months down the road I got an email from a member of the Superior Threads team who does the newsletter. She asked if I would like to provide some information about my work.
“This month at my quilt guild meeting, several members mentioned reading about me in the Superior newsletter.”
Networking is EASY.
Talk about what you love and you never know what can happen.
There are many places I “network” at here in Saint George. There are a good variety of places to buy fabric. I had great conversations with local longarm quilters with some amazing skills to support local quilters . There are shops that sell or service machines. I always try to say “hi” or introduce myself. and make new connections when I am buying supplies or using a service. Having a business card to give someone helps them find more about what I do.
My quilt guild is large and inclusive. Every member is encouraged to grow their skills and knowledge in a supportive atmosphere. To reach out to the region and beyond; the guild hosts a beautiful and well attending biennial show called “Gems of the Desert”. This year the show offered exceptional classes along with a exceptional variety of quilts. It is a wonderful atmosphere for me to make new connections.
Going outside of one’s comfort zone to get to know new people is a great opportunity to get the word out about what you do and learn something new. Modern quilters in Saint George have their own guild in town which attracts a younger group one of whom is in the national spotlight. Her name is Natalia Bonner.
She started quilting when she was a kid. After her first child was born, she began a journey which has produced a thriving business. I was so inspired by a presentation and trunk show ; that I bought one of her books and have begun building my repertoire of free motion stitching.
Network works! Try it sometime.
Until the next time…….
You can see my work…….
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois: April 2017
Under The Western Sun
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden CO
April 27 – July 25 2017
National Quilt Museum, Paducah Kentucky
June – September 2017
July 7 – 23 2017 and Traveling through out the country!
Southern Utah Museum of Art
Cedar City Utah
June 30 – August 26 2017
St. George Museum of Art
St. George Utah
April 28 – August 16 2017
Poway Center for the Arts
June 1 – June 24, 2017
Visions Art Museum
San Diego, CA
October 21 2017 – January 7 2018