Some Thoughts on Community – Tula Found Her Sketchbook!

I’m sure that almost everyone has already heard, but for those of you prefer WordPress Reader to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, today’s big news in my corner of the sewing world is the safe return to Tula‘s sketchbook.

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.02.10 PMDepending on how much you use social media, and who you follow, you may have noticed that talk about the missing book greatly increased over the weekend, after Kat offered to increase the reward for it.  I like to think that it wasn’t the fact that a greater reward for the missing book was much of a motivating factor, but that this one piece of news just brought people’s attention back to the issue and reminded them that it was unresolved.  And really, what are the chances that someone reposting from Australia, would have a connection who was at the show, and might be in possession of the book, without knowing what it was?  Highly unlikely.

Regardless of people’s motivations, this weekend just served to remind me what a great bunch of people quilters are.  I know how many people viewed my post about it, and how many times it was directly shared from my site, and suffice to say, I’ll likely never write another post that popular, or at least not one that gains so much momentum so quickly.  It was great to see so many people take an interest and reignite the conversation.

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The book was ultimately found by a custodian at the school where the show was hosted, and returned earlier today.  Is it coincidence that the book was discovered so shortly after all the online chatter about it?  It’s certainly possible, but I’d like to think that the many people who read about, shared information on, and discussed this topic over the weekend had something to do with it.

Until next time, I hope we all have a little more faith in the world.

Jane

P.S.: in the event that it’s not immediately clearly obvious, I did pinch these pictures from Tula’s Facebook page.

Can the Quilting Community Please Help a Girl Out? – New Reward for Tula’s Sketchbook

As many of you have likely already heard, Tula Pink misplaced, or lost, or had stolen, a sketchbook at Sisters, Oregon, approximately three weeks ago (second weekend of July).  Unfortunately the book has not yet been found, despite Tula’s generous offer of one yard of Owls in each colorway from Full Moon Forest and no questions asked policy.

Obviously Tula is upset, as the book is very dear to her.  It is white, 6 x 8 inches, with the above two stickers on it.  She describes it as being very “obviously” hers, which to those not overly familiar with her style, probably means that all the sketches look half completed.  If you don’t know her style, please take a quick peak at her website.

A group of friends and I were having a conversation about this on Facebook earlier today, when Kat joined in to tell us that the book was still missing, and she was upping the reward, and I promised her I’d share the news with all of you.  Kat’s a darling: I shop at her site from time to time, and she’s always lovely and personally responds to my emails, even when they’re ridiculous.  I’m not sure whether she’s discussed with Tula, but here’s the screenshot for anyone who doesn’t believe me:
Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 7.59.12 PMI know, it’s tiny, but to save your eyes, it says the reward is now a complete bundle of Full Moon Forest (and if you’re not in to Tula’s fabric, you’re free to donate it here) signed by Tula if desired.  Still no questions asked.  It’s a very generous offer, plus, it comes with all the goodness of knowing that you’ve helped an artist maintain her intellectual property rights.

Please forward this to anyone you know who was at Sisters (including partners, children, friends, etc. who got dragged along) or who was working there.  Kat’s hoping it’s been picked up by someone who doesn’t know what it is, and I can see how it would be very attractive to a child.

If you have any information, please contact Kat or Tula via their websites, or DM either of them on Instagram.   I know how incredibly diverse the quilt world is, so fingers crossed that we can get this book back home.

I feel that I should point out that I have no particular affiliation with either Tula or Kat and am receiving nothing material in return for writing this post.

Many thanks to all of you who read this, and to those who reposted.

– Jane

Update: As of Wednesday, August 5th, the book has been located and returned to its owner.