Anyone who knows me will not be surprised to learn that I test on the “extrovert” side of the spectrum πŸ˜‰. In fact, in a recent test at work, one of my strongest characteristics that came through was “connector.”

How does this relate to our fiber world? For me, it means that I simply cannot help but reach out when I love someone’s books, magazine, quilt, wearable art. I’ve never been shy about making the first call/email/invite… and some magical friendships have resulted ✨!

As creatives, we all share a strong common bond that can be the basis for all sorts of cool projects. The example on my mind today is a wearable fiber artist I met a few years ago in the Grand Central holiday market- Danielle Gori-Montanelli. If you need a dose of incredible color, check out her website:

When I saw Danielle on Facebook, of course I had to connect. And when she posted this photo of her killer-cute feline Cargo on her page:

I HAD to ask her if I could use this photo in my work ;). Danielle graciously agreed and I adapted Cargo for my just-completed pattern project:

A perfect grey cat set off by Pantone’s color of the year 😁. (I must admit that coral is growing on me….)

So…the next time you think, gee, I’d love to be able to chat with that amazing artist- just take the first step and connect. You never know what might happen next!

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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