When people ask me to do something and they are unclear of my vision or final outcome, I tell them “JUST TRUST THE PROCESS”. Today my quilt mentor told me, used my own words against me and told me “Just Trust the Process” . SO here I am signing upon for the Parallel Universe Mystery Quilt hosted and taught by Gyleen Fitzgerald, Ebony Love, and Latifah Saafir.
I am a current student of Mrs. Gyleen, I’ve followed Ms. Ebony for years but this will be my first time engaging with Ms. Latifah. I can not put into words how excited about this class series. Not only will I have the opportunity to study under 3 quilting “powerhouses” , but it brings me astonishing joy that they are 3 African American women who have and still are breaking barriers in the quilting industry. Not only do they design quilts and patterns, but they design their own quilting tool. Like WOW!!!!!!!! (shaking with joy).
Because this is mystery quilt and paid class I am unable to post to my social media pages my progress, but I will blog about the class and show off my quilt when the class is over and my quilt is completed. I hope some of my readers will be able to join me in this journey of 6 weeks of learning with 3 astonishing quilt masters, with an end result of 1 amazing quilt….. What a great way to start off 2021.
Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern, and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children’s books.
An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.
Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.
Ebony Love, created LoveBug Studios as an outlet for her creative energy and to feed her soul. Over time, her business has changed and grown from taking commissions & creating custom quilts for clients to teaching the love of quilting to others. Ebony’s teachings are primarily online, but she also travels to guilds and shows to teach in person.
Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.