The first night here we went to a dinner where Mark Lipinski talked about the new movement he has started called Slow Stitching. You probably remember him as the bodacious writer of a quilting magazine several years back. He was sick for awhile but now he is back in full speed. His presentation was very thought provoking and he made several good points, one was to to slow down and enjoy the process, to do your sewing with intention. I loved this idea as for several years now I have sped through my sewing rather than savoring it. He also discussed "dumb" quilting and said he had quit quilting for awhile because he was bored with the quilts he was seeing. Once he realized he needed a challenge and didn't want to do a simple, easy, fast quilt but rather to immerse himself into the creative process and challenge his abilities.
He says Slow Stitching is about creating that one important piece of fiber art in our lifetime that will leave our legacy. In a story about when his grandmother died and they were dividing her estate no one wanted her expensive china because it had never been used but everyone wanted her worn afghans because they had her own DNA in them. This was a profound statement to me. Ahh, I was inspired, it was worth every penny to come to market.
Mark will be coming out with a new magazine in the fall, I look forward to it.