BMQG retreat & Martha Stewart

Photo: Courtesy of Lee Heinrich
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above: “Cartwheels” by Lee Heinrich

[from Martha Stewart Living]

“Quilting Inspiration from ‘Quilting with a Modern Slant'”

Photo: John Polack

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“Monica Ripley’s Color Exploration”

I have to say that I never ever ever EVER imagined that anything I would write or make would be on Martha Stewart. Truly. Never entered my mind. Sure, I sometimes fantasized that Oprah and I would sit down to talk about my novel (every writer does this, right? …right???). But I never thought I’d make it into the pinnacle of the craft empire! I watched Martha’s show for years, and bought her magazines. And I made things along the way, as I did everything else. And now, in a strange and delightful twist of fate, making has become central — as if everything else was actually following it.The quilting book came to life, and now it’s making its way into the world, which is still such a shock to me — a wonderful and blissfully delightful shock.

The book is featured on the Martha Stewart Living site right now with a slide show of quilts by Lee Heinrich, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Monica Ripley, Elizabeth Hartman, Melissa Lunden‘s quilt made with Birch Fabrics, Kathreen Ricketson, Kyoung Ae Cho, Yoshiko Jinzenji, and Debbie Grifka of Esch House. The best part about writing this book is that I get to celebrate this community of incredible artists & quilters whose work has inspired me. To see their work gain even more recognition out there in the world is really exciting and makes me, to quote Kim Eichler-Messmer, pee my pants in a good way.🙂
I’m grateful to Martha Stewart Living Editor Marcie McGoldrick for choosing this book — thank you, Marcie!! And to the great Alee Moncy at Storey who’s working hard to get the book out there. Exciting week. Congrats to all the featured quilters and hooray hooray for your work!! I looooove seeing your quilts up there (I won’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the slide show)!!!

This news came on the heels of a massive sewing weekend. I went to beautiful coastal Maine with the Boston Modern Quilt Guild on our annual retreat. Because of grad school, I haven’t been able to get to the retreat in ages, so it was a real…treat…to get there this year. Aimee Raymond organized the event and deserves a medal, as does our Pres Alice Webb Greer — thanks you two! Alice posted a rad photo collage of our weekend and some of the projects by our talented members — go check out the BMQG blog.🙂 My photos are coming as soon as I get them uploaded here. I got to hang out with some great sewing neighbors this weekend, who helped me master the Juki that has entered my life. More soon!

4 thoughts on “BMQG retreat & Martha Stewart

  1. It was great to meet you at the retreat, Rachel. It’s too funny that I sat there for two days ‘quietly’ working on a Cartwheels quilt for my daughter that had been sitting on my shelf for six months. I need to get a copy of your book! Hope you’re still enjoying your new Juki!!

    • Hi Karin — It was good to meet you, too! Lemme know if you get the book — people made some really amazing quilts in there. And send a pic of your cartwheels when it’s done!! I’d love to see.🙂

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