Two year retrospect: Looking back – Looking forward
It hit me two weeks ago when I started to write column Number 51. My next article would mark the second anniversary of my writing "Around the Frame" for The Waynedale News. It doesn't seem so long ago when Mitch Harper a tenant of mine in the Macedonian Tribune Building shared with me that the WN was under new ownership. Mitch encouraged me to contact the new owners to see if they might be interested in a quilt column. I emailed Editor Cindy Cornwell a couple of sample columns and as they say, the rest is history.
There have been times when I wonder what I will write about from one submission to the next. Sometimes the two weeks just fly by and I find myself sitting in front of the computer, deadline looming staring at a blank page. Thankfully my muses take pity on me. Sometimes it seems out of nowhere a germ of an idea takes root and blossoms into a full-blown article. It has helped to develop certain theme columns "Adopt–a–shelter cat-Month," "International Left-handers Day," Marie Webster Celebration, Halloween and Christmas to name a few.
Attending quilt shows and lectures are a joy to share with my readers. The synergy created at such events between presenters and attendees is often electric as the sparks of imagination fly. I share websites like the International Quilt Museum in Nebraska where an entire museum of quilt eye-candy is just "clicks" away because I couldn't possibly describe it, or a website on stains and how to remove them, because I am not an expert on the subject so I can direct readers to people who are.
I would like to give a special thank you to Alex, Michael and Cindy for their support and patience over the past two years and for giving me the honor of writing the Mother's Day article for page one this year. I'd like to thank my dear fellow southpaw friend who purchased the quilt last Thanksgiving after reading my article and helped a family at a time of financial difficulty and the wonderful organizations who over the past two years have invited me into their midst to share my knowledge and love of quilts. I appreciate everyone who has commented on an article called or visited my studio or entrusted me in the restoration of their quilts. My only regret is I can't spend as much time on restoration work as I wish.
As I gear up for Article #53, please let me know if there is a specific topic you'd like me to discuss or an event or person you would like me to feature. I will do my best to accommodate.
Lois Eubank is the owner of Born Again Quilts Restoration Studio. She can be reached at 260-515-9446.