I’ve had such an incredible day today teaching my improv log cabin class. Tonight I am feeling so energised. And so very humbled.
I am grateful (beyond my ability to articulate) to be doing this job – to go into a workshop where a group of people allow me to guide them through a day of making. They put their faith in me and my process. And they like it. They love it. Awesome huh? And I know they love it because they say so. I get some lovely, genuinely lovely, feedback – private emails and public posts where a participant makes a comment about my teaching style that makes me cry crazy happy tears (and the Mr looks at me like I have two heads).
Patrise Cecilia Cornelia Leonie
Generally, I don’t teach from a pattern or from notes. I’m an improv girl through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I will spend an incomprehensible number of hours writing a class, prepping samples, planning out the day’s schedule and timings – before you get to a class with me, I’m familiar with my process and the plan beyond doubt. But you know, there’s only so far planning can take you.
I do all this prep so that when you come to a class with me, we can wing it together. If we are collaborating on your quilt and you want to follow a path, I’ll walk beside you and we will both go on a journey we weren’t necessarily expecting but one I’m more than ready for, a journey where I’ve made the bookings, packed for all contingencies but am ready and willing for adventure! (just how I travel in real life too – I pack and plan but open myself to possibility).
Today (and every time I teach) I had an expectation of where we might go and as usual, we ended up with ten very different pieces of work. And this is my one of my favourite parts of my process – that you all have very different quilts from the same class, your ideas, mixed with mine equals an output greater than either of us expected on our own, we are creating together.
Thank you! Thank you for trusting me and for allowing me to participate in your making journey
Tracy, I’m sorry, I somehow missed getting a pic of your work, please email me one if you get a chance. Jules xx