As she was describing her quilts, Leslie gave some sage advice (which I quickly jotted down on the back of a Costco receipt).
1. Make quilts that you love. Amen to that. Isn’t it hard to make something you just don’t love?
3. Label you Quilts. (Here’s where I need to repent. I’m terrible about this. Vowing right now to do better!)
4. Document your life and your history and your family’s history in your quilts. Leslie showed a bunch of quilts she’d made in memory of her mother’s kitchen, her grandparent’s farm, etc. They were wonderful.
5. Make quilts that mean something. Leslie made this quilt this spring after going to the Red and White exhibit in New York. This pattern is called Sunny Days and can be found at Geoff’s Mom’s Patterns (along with many others in this trunk show.)
6. When it comes to colors, there are no ‘rules’. Leslie shared the experience of learning to quilt from a master teacher who told her that the quilt she was working on needed more yellow. But she didn’t want yellow in the quilt. So when she teaches, she never comments on color or fabric choices. Color is an expression of our own tastes and personality. Don’t feel beholden to some color-rule-book. Use what speaks to you and what you love.
You can see more about Leslie’s trunk show at Calli’s blog as well. Thanks again to Amber for hosting. I was inspired all over again by Leslie’s amazing talent, quilts and by her love of this art form. Made me want to go home and lock myself in my basement for a week just start playing with color and fabric.