I've visited other quilters and I understand - it's an addiction, they can't help themselves they hoard fabric. No scrap to small to keep, you never can tell when it will be the exact colour you need in a project. Joyce's stash includes more than mere fabric she's got ribbons and batting, baubles and beads, bits and pieces from her travels all that will be worked into her creations sooner or later.
I expected inspiration
Most of one entire wall was dedicated to thoughts, ideas, samples and possibilities. I asked Joyce if her travels were a big influence on her creations, duh, silly question. What, in the life of any creative, is not influenced by their experiences? She has had some amazing experiences. After our chat I knew I needed to add adventurer to her list of descriptors. Because truly she is one of the most adventurous people I've met.
She explained to me that her underwater creations are directly influenced by the fact that she's a scuba diver and loves the world under the sea. Her time spent backpacking around Africa - yes, I said backpacking around Africa, finds it's way into many pieces she creates.
Can you find the giraffe?
Sometimes she brings home items from her travels because what better way to remember the experience than with a story about where and when this or that was bought.
I expected a teacher
I've known Joyce for awhile now and I knew she had been a school teacher and currently taught quilting classes. What used to be live and in person is now done online via Google Classroom but being a lifelong learner she was not deterred by having to learn to deal with the technology involved and has mastered the art of Covid teaching.
She started early in life, when her mom and aunts taught her sewing, she started making her own clothes while in junior high. After high school she headed to Olds College to study Fashion Design but found herself called away to university to become a teacher and she hasn't stopped. While she still enjoys taking courses the teacher in her prefers to research, plan and prepare to share this classic skill to future generations of quilters and fabric artists.
She creates her own patterns putting her original designs together with traditional quilt patterns. I suspect that takes a mathematical mind, good thing she has that, having been a math teacher in her past life. So I was not surprised by the bookshelf full of reference material, patterns and, of course, more inspiration.
And a few projects hanging around to be finished - did I mention she also weaves?
I expected colour
I understand Joyce's love of fabrics. I love them too and I use to have a hard time in a fabric shop because I wanted them all, but I've learned that I love the colours and designs of the fabric but all the cutting, piecing and sewing is best left to others.
I was not disappointed when it came to colour. Especially when she opened her thread drawers. All I can say is OMG!