Sunday, August 25, 2013

Words of Encouragement

I am a huge Mary Fons fan.  I think she is such a cool lady.  I had the privilege to hear her speak at QuiltCon this past February.  She was so energetic and passionate about her life and quilting.  It was one of my favorite lectures at QuiltCon.  

She also has a blog, PaperGirl by Mary Fons where she writes about many different topics.  Two days ago she posted an article "Rejected" and I highly recommend reading it.  One of the reasons I like her so much is I feel like she has dealt with a lot of adversity and she is still spunky and excited about life and quilting.  

First off, can you image growing up and learning to sew in front of the watchful eyes of the quilting world and many critical quilters.  I can't.  She also had to come in and fill the large and popular shoes of Liz Porter for an industry that was very set in its ways.  Talk about a tough job.  I admire her so much and it started with her lecture at QuiltCon (which you can listen to for free on if you are interested - QuiltCon Lecture Series).

If you are ever hard on yourself about any of your mistakes, read "Rejected."  It is a great article and it definitely provided me with some comforting words.  I tend to mill over my mistakes and she does a great job of addressing that bad habit.  I truly admire Mary Fons and I hope one day I get to meet her.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.  I should have a project update for you soon.

Happy Sewing!

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  1. Wow! I just read that post about two days ago. It was such a pleasure. I admire her spunk and especially her brave honesty. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh I love her too! She taught me to quilt (well, her DVD did) :) And I cried during her Quilt Con lecture! You can imagine the looks my husband was giving me across the room... ("Aren't you watching a quilt thing? Why are you crying?")

  3. Thanks for the link! I am sure that post hit home with a lot of us, certainly me! I would love to meet her, too, and give her a big hug!

  4. Candace.... thanks so much for this post... I haven't been in blog land for a while for various reasons and will post more about it soon. But I really needed to hear what you posted and what Mary Fons has to say about rejection... or feeling like a failure. Thanks for addressing this personally on our blog! I appreciate every post you take time to write :) Kathi

  5. I'm off to read her blog now!! I LOVE Mary too. I DVR her every week. She is A-Mazing! Thanks for the link!


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