Hiya. My laundry is now folded and I can move on to telling you about the incredible visual feast that is the new Australian modern sewing online quilt magazine called Make Modern! Seriously...have you heard of it? I am dazzled. Check out their second-ever issue over here on their preview. The projects are gorgeous and fresh. I was honored that they did a rather long designer feature of me this month and in celebration, we are giving away three onetime subscriptions to the magazine. You are absolutely going to love it. Also, I have always been really fond of the esthetic sensibility of the vibrant modern sewing movement in Australia. They have it going on over there. I see in Australian designers an inherent lack of fear and limitation–a lot of expressivity.
You will love the quilts and projects in each issue by wonderful designers like these:
We are all too in love with the idea of making everything good and right and perfect and lovely all the time. So this project is a little exercise I cooked up to bust you out of that. There are rules for this project: you have to use the WRONG SIDES of the fabric in your stash. You can't pin, use a ruler or a rotary cutter, or even try to make a straight line! You can't judge yourself. You have to make your Lovely Awful Thing in less than 15 minutes. You have to go to your machine stitches and look at all of them and choose the ugliest stitch your machine has to offer and use that one to quilt your Lovely Awful Thing mini quilt! Oh, it is just so fun and liberating to do this exercise and I will guarantee that somehow you will fall in love with your creation, because despite your best efforts to eliminate beauty and perfectionism from your project, what you will find there is still YOU: your esthetic sensibility, your thinking process, your hand. Your Lovely Awful Thing will remind you that you can break out of your limitations and be free whenever you want. (I am not advocating a lack of craftsmanship in general! Oh no. That is very important for your work and your working process. I just want you to do this as an exercise to encourage creative freedom, play and exploration.)
So leave a comment below by November 25th at midnight and 3 lucky peeps will get to see the whole issue online! Also, go subscribe!