But, I agreed. My other worry was this: I'm usually able to convey what I'm trying to say fairly well through written (or typed) words. However, it seems like 90% of the time I open my mouth to speak the same words I could easily write, I end up with diarrhea of the mouth. So I was worried about having to actually talk.
I was pleasantly surprised by the article! It is so well written, I have to give major props to Christina. I appreciate her humor and her style of writing, for sure!
Sooooo, anyway. Here's the Article! (I'm leaving a few small bits out for my own privacy and also the privacy of one of my customers, kkthnxbi!).
Self-Taught Quilter Finds Great Success
What do you think of when you envision a quilter?Do you imagine a smiling grandmother with skilled hands, working meticulously on a beautifully-blocked quilt with cross-stitched ducks and floral motif? Update your imagination because there is a new quilter in town and she doesn't fit the mold.Lisa Sipes has bleached and pink streaked hair, a piercing above the lip and another on her chin. She is vivacious, a snappy dresser and isn't shy about telling you like it is. She is also a semifinalist in the 2011 American Quilters Society quilt show and contest.Sipes's quilt, "BeDazzleder!", named for its 2,000 Swarovski crystals, was chosen along with 229 others for the annual contest at the Iowa Events Center from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. First, second and third place prizes will be given out in five categories, along with five overall awards.The contest will give out more than $44,000 in prize money; $10,000 for best of show and $5,000 each for best hand, machine and long-arm workmanship. Regardless of how BeDazzleder! places in the final judging, it will be displayed at the show which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people."This year's quilts show off the artistry of quilters in traditional as well as innovative techniques." stated the American Quilters Society president Meredith Schroeder. "Whether you live viewing quilts like Grandma made or want to see what new ideas and designs are being stitched into today's quilts, there will be quilts for everyone to enjoy. This truly is an art show of quilts."Quilts were entered from 41 states and seven countries.Sipes became a finalist after receiving second place at her first-ever competitive quilt show in May. Then the same quilt received an honorable mention at a show in Ohio in June."The Kansas City contest that I attended in May was the first one I've ever been to," she said. "I had absolutely no expectations and entered my quilt so I could learn something new and get feedback from critics. I didn't even attend the awards ceremony because everyone told me that I'd never win anything at my first show."She found out that her quilt placed after seeing a Cirque du Soleil show."I had a lot of angry messages on my phone for not being there to receive my award," she said.Now her novice quilt is stomping on seasoned professionals across the country. It will be displayed next in Milwaukee in August, in Des Moines in October and in California in January (edit from me, that California part is a mis-print!).Sipes has only been quilting for two years and she taught herself everything she knows."Frankly, I have no idea what I'm doing," Sipes joked.She has become so engulfed with quilting that it is now her full time job, having completed more than 150 quilts for customers from all over the United States.**entire paragraph left out :)**One of her latest blog posts is about "UFOs." It is not a posting about bizarre objects flying around in space, but about "Unfinished Objects" and the remnants of quilts that are started but never finished.
Well??!! What do you think? Pretty neat, huh?
I just have to say, I'm not so sure about the part mentioning my quilt stomping on seasoned professionals, but it's an awesome word-choice, if only it was true! =]