Art Gallery recently released a new series of "capsule" collections, and The Modern Sewcialites thought that Stephanie's big blocks would be the perfect opportunity to show them off to you!
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My favorite thing about the Modern Sewcialites block of the months is that Stephanie is asking us to be thoughtful about ourselves and our quilting with a new theme each month. Every quilt has a story, but she's asking us to tell specific stories about where we are in our journey.
March's block was a happy house with an improv roof that asked about our creative home. In some ways, my house screams "a quilter lives here!" (there are after all quilts all over the walls downstairs), but what I really started thinking about with this block was Instagram-- this digital place where all of our creative homes come together into our very own creative neighborhood.
My "word of the year" for 2018 is collaboration, which, in this little analogy, means I want to go for lots of neighborhood walks. I want to be engaged in what my creative neighbors are working on and find ways that we can work together. So far, I think 2018 has been a great success because I've been connecting with so many wonderful quilters. Most obviously, I'm here writing this (tada!) and through this project have been connected with Stephanie at Modern Sewciety, the other Sewcialites, Art Gallery Fabrics, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil Thread-- it's a whole block party!
As I mentioned above, Art Gallery Fabrics recently began curating mini bundles called Capsules that are perfect little stash enhancers. I used the black and white capsule bundle called Raise the Volume plus some AGF solids to build my creative neighborhood with Stephanie's house block-- even including a vacant lot because we all know that the best creativity happens there!
Hobbs supplied batting, and I used their Tuscany Wool Cotton for the first time. WOW! The loft is amaaaaaazingggggg! I haven't washed it yet, but I can't wait to see how it does because I'm loving this blend! Just look at these closeups:
How are you connecting with your creative neighbors this summer? Are you doing a sampler like the Modern Sewcialite's BOM? What about joining the Summer Stash Busting Challenge right here? While many of us do a lot of our stitching alone, and maybe we even prefer it that way, connecting to our creative community in person and online is still crucial to stay inspired and encouraged. In fact, I'd love to see you in the String & Story Quilting Rockstars Community Group on Facebook-- come join us and share your work!