Sunday, February 17, 2013

Reflecting

The busy few weeks hosting the Triple-Zip Along is over. And it was enjoyable in every way. And I'm still in awe that we made over 200 little pouches together. But what I'm really reflecting on is what happened in the background. The fact that for more than a few of you, this was your first experience with a zipper(!), with flickr, with a sew-along. I've tried to comment on the blog posts I've seen about the triple-zip, and on one I was the very first commenter. Ever. Do you remember how exciting that was? There have been pouches made by folks in quite a lot of countries different from my own - many that are very, very far away! It continues to amaze me how far-reaching our quilting community is. As the days went by, there were friends who checked in to say "sorry, but I'm too busy", and I encouraged them along in what they needed to do. And one friend shared that her son had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and my prayers have been mixed in with checking flickr pics.

So you see, once again, it's been more that a tutorial, a bit of fabric, and an ungodly amount of zippers. It's been you and me, gathering together. And that's always the best part.

24 comments:

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I agree...this is a wonderful, supportive, sharing community!
(and I have my pile of zippers...but havent quite got around to making my pouch yet!!)

Erica said...

Thank you, for your part in growing our online community. I was one who signed up and realized I'd never find the time to play but I am very inspired by all who did and it was cool to find new blogs to read and follow as a result. Great sew-along!

capitolaquilter said...

Well said. It really is all that :)

memmens said...

It is quite amazing, bet you never thought this would be a result of writing a tutorial! Well done. x

Patchwork and Play said...

I like the way you have reflected on this experience Debbie! I don't think we realize the full extent our blogs or their content have on others. I was one of those 'I'm too busy ones' but it's definitely on my 'to do' list. I've loved seeing all the pouches and their beautiful variations.

Verena said...

You did a really great job, Debbie.
Thanks!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh the connecting with people is the best part of the quilt blogging experience :o)

Heather D. said...

Lovely.

Carla said...

I love the online community! I've 'met' so many lovely people
this way.
Hugs,

Celtic Thistle said...

The fact that you took the time to comment on the blogs of Triple Zipper A Longs (!) is the perfect example of the wonderfully, generous and supportive craft blog community.

Thanks for organising such a fun SAL and for introducing me to a great new (to me) supplier of zips!

Allison said...

thank you for writing a great tutorial, and for hosting the Zipalong! a deadline was just the push I needed to make sure I didn't let making a triple zip languish on my 'someday' list :)

Leanne said...

This was such a fun sew along, I am so glad you decided to do it. It really is so interesting how people can connect so easily over craft, no matter how far away they are in real life.

tink's mom said...

You should be very proud of this worldwide adventure. I didn't participate in the SAL but I have made 7 triple zips based on your tutorial. Many thanks, Selina

Letty Barnes said...

It was a short but sweet time! Very nice job and lovely tutorial. Thanks once again.

Grandma G said...

And you, as our leader, are one very special lady. Thank you for giving of yourself in so many ways... for sharing, encouraging, and even for praying!

Erica said...

Thank you so much for hosting the sew along, for writing up such a great tutorial, and for being such a wonderful blogger!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

You are right! It is more than a tutorial, zipper, or fabric! Great job everyone.
Stefanie

Carla said...

This is a great post and so so true. Thank you for sharing, it really strikes home. Even though I didn't get to join in I sure enjoyed seeing all the wonderful bags!

felicity said...

In a course I took on Facilitation, the instructor advised us that reflecting on our facilitation experiences is really important - I see this lovely post as an example of that. After facilitating this gathering/sew-along, you're reflecting on it with beautiful thoughts and words. Thank you!

Karen said...

I too did not finish in time, but I hope to finish at least one this week and post in your flikr group! Thanks so much for sharing!

Wendy said...

Your comment on my blog (my first one EVER!) truly did make my day! Thank you for hosting, and for stopping by. I was honored to be able to take part in the Zip Along as a new blogger, even though I'm still trying to figure it all out. And the feeling of not just talking to yourself, well, that's priceless! Thanks again!

Lynne said...

Beautiful finish! I love this pattern.
95" is huge! The quilting turned out great. Love it : )

Lynne said...

wooops! went to the wrong post. You get the idea :)

Kelli said...

I love this post. Beautifully said.