I remember the day I met Andrea. We were... 10? Wait. I was probably 12. Cuz it was Chinese school. And I knew nothing, so my mom put me a couple grades back. Writing in Chinese is SO hard. You know how in English, you would just spell the word with letters?
"Mom? how do you spell fart?"
"Sound it out... fffffff F, aaaaaaaaa A, rrrrrrrr R, t T."
In Chinese, my mom would try to tell me in lines. Except there were lots of words for lines. horizontal lines, vertical lines, hooked lines, lines that formed a mouth, lines that formed an ear, three-claw-finger lines. Then there were dots. Regular dots, three water dots, horse-leg dots, dots that made a heart (like the organ, not valentine's day). Let's just say it is SO hard.
And Andrea made it look so easy. And pretty. Her Chinese characters looked cute. Balanced. Happy. 25 perfect lines and dots in one tiny square.
She's always been so visually talented.
We have recently reconnected over our shared love of quilting. A couple years ago, she popped up all over my Instagram feed after moving to the east coast and wowing the world with her colourful patterns and designs. She shares about all her creative works (products, designs, classes) on her Instagram account, her blog, and her newsletters.
She is always talking about community and how important it is to her: something that resonates so much with me. Adding a community element to anything creative makes it so. much. better. Sewing or crafting in community gives instant encouragement. It's one of the reasons I started offering Purple Workbench retreats, to get likeminded creatives together to cheer each other on.
Andrea recently launched a project called Our Song, Your Reflection on indieGoGo. The project celebrates community through craft and music. She made a gorgeous quilt and teamed up with singer songwriter Meaghan Smith to have a song written. There are so many wonderful perks when backing the project. They want to raise the funds to produce the quilt design as well as produce the song (complete with music video that includes YOUR community!). You can read all about it on the campaign site.
But guys... did you SEE the quilt?! it's insanely gorgeous. So much talent. So much work. I'm totally into the complicated, gorgeous quilts where someone else did all the work to math it out and make me some simple instructions... And knowing everything that this quilt represents? What a wonderful story. You can listen to the whole song here.
They want your participation! Share or reflect on what the sewing/quilting community means to you with #oursongquilt. Back the project on their campaign page. Check out Andrea's Instagram page for beautiful inspiration.
I'm so thankful for community; you're the reason I'm still writing this blog. (I'm assuming it's not just my mom reading...) It's wonderful to learn about how much of an impact you can have on someone's creative dreams. Thanks for cheering me along. I hope I can do the same for you.