No Actual Rules, Can Be Scary For Some

In the last few days I have been tearing around getting ready for several weeks travel, to Aus(family, business) and then up to the US (QN07, SAQA and SDA and family) At the last minute a few curly Qs requiring a bit of computer work to settle problems re an exhibition later in the year meant time doing what I had not planned to do! But I did also manage to get some good photography done with avery good Montevideo photographer, Eduardo Baldizan, which will enable me to get slide dupes done (better) in Perth. So, at last, en route, greetings from Santiago de Chile where I am obliged to spend a few hours.

Over the past couple of days on the quiltart list there seems to have been a larger number than usual of people wondering about technical questions and whether or not it is appropriate for ArtQuilters to do things this way, or that. IMHO it really doesn’t matter how one finshes an edge, or whether one burys threads or leaves them hanging, so long as that fits with the integrityof the work. At times the heated discussion has showed how nervous some people are about just trying it and seeing what the effect is….one of my pet peeves being how the sense of exploration, of experimentation, seems to have been forgotten, and perhaps is not being encouraged by current teachers in the quilting world. I thank my lucky stars for having come under the influence of the(late) great English embroiderer, Constance Howard, the english expat Cynthia Sparks and Meg Douglas in Australia – these three in particular encouraged an approach of try it and see…. SAMPLISING, in other words.

I am looking forward to picking up some new Aus books while there, and with this in mind have brought none with me -I always watch at least part of a movie and then go to sleep on the plane anyway, so I’m just catching upon a weekly bit of news reading in the Economist. If needs be I will buy a magazine or book when I get to NZ in the morning. Also, some of my close quilting friends are having their monthly get together, joined this time by myself and Ilze Ivaks who will be visiting Perth next week to teach. It is a long time since I met her back in our Denver days, and I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more of what she has been doing and teaching. Well, what they have all been doing in the last 8 months since I was there.

On the way back I am having a week in NZ with my two sisters, first time it is to be just us 3, sans kids, grandkids or husbands, in 20 years. And so its about time, but we are all so far flung from each other. This will officially mark my 60th birthday late last year, sort of like the Official Queen’s Birthday, which is quite different date from her actual one, which is I dunno when.

3 Responses to “No Actual Rules, Can Be Scary For Some”

  1. Joy Ely says:


    .. a bit late.
    Alison – I love to hear your perspective on things. The title of this blog attracted me… because no rules used to scare me to DEATH! Just tell me what you want from me, and I’ll do it!
    Fear of failure.
    I still fight it sometimes, but I am SO much freer than I ever used to be.
    And it’s thanks to folks like you who inspire.
    Have an awesome trip. Enjoy your sisters!

  2. Alison Schwabe says:

    Thanks Joy – greetings from Sydney where I sitll have a couple of hours to kill, but after a shower here I feel like a new one, ready for the 4 hours to Perth WA. The best movie on the flights Santiago-Auckland, Auckland-Sydney was The Queen, with Helen Mirren – totally wonderful, and I watched it once right through and twice re-watched various bits between dozing! I had been really wanting to see it, and there was nothing much else worth watching except an episode of Without a Trace – one of my favs.

  3. PaMdora says:

    Hi Allison! Coming to the US? I haven’t decided if I’ll go to QN07 this year, but it’s on my list and SDA is only three hours from my house!

Leave a Reply

Translate »
%d bloggers like this: