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Archive for November, 2007

Why do we wait until Thanksgiving to say thanks?  I guess we wait to be thankful for the same reason that we depend on the first of the year to awaken our resolve.  This has been an amazing year, and I have much for which I am thankful.

The Essential ThanksgivingI’m thankful for family that loves me.  And I’m thankful to be at peace with the family that doesn’t.  I am thankful for the family that is no longer here but whose spirits are with me always.

I am thankful for my husband, who continues to encourage me to pursue quilting full time and who cheers the loudest when good things happen. 

I’m thankful for the most supportive circle of friends anyone could want.  We celebrate accomplishments, recognize milestones, and share the passage of time.  We laugh together and we make stuff together.  And while I may choose to spend time alone, I never feel alone.  They are amazing people.

I am thankful for my clients, past and present.  They have trusted me to create art for them that merges their wishes with my vision.  I am thankful for the clients who are patient and who recognize that you cannot rush art.  And I am thankful for the clients who are happy enough with their finished quilts that they want to share them with the world. 

I am thankful for my students.  I treasure the time we spend together.  I am awed and inspired by their work and their energy. 

I am thankful for the people who hire me…to lecture, to teach, to present workshops, to write articles.  They make it possible for me to continue doing what I love.

This has been an amazing, wonderful year.  Last year at this time I would never have predicted that this year would have been so filled with opportunity and joy. 

Oh, and why this picture?  (My husband took this shot last year while preparing a message for his fantasy football league.)  I’m thankful for the tradition of Thanksgiving, for the reminder to say thanks. And I’m thankful for the football games that allow me time in the studio.

Last, I’m thankful that you took the time to read my blog.  I appreciate it.

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Too Much SoulI love Disney World.  It’s not just for kids, and I admit that I love going there.  But do you know where I really love to go?  Houston! 

Disney has Imagineers, fireworks, and rides that give you a wonderful feeling inside.  Houston…well, Houston has all that and quilts! 

Instead of Imagineers, Houston has Karey Bresenhan and her staff Phyxiusof talented and organized people.  They dream of what the show can be and *poof* the show appears.  Every year!  Do you think it’s a coincidence that quilt angels wear white gloves just like Mickey Mouse?

Instead of fireworks, Houston has vendors.  Every possible color combination and item is represented in the vendor booths.  If you can’t find it, you either haven’t looked or you don’t need it.  If you went, I hope you checked out Artistic Artifacts.  Judy Gula has some wonderful wares and amazing samples.  I used lots of her stuff in my Journal Quilt, Phyxius.

Instead of rides, well, they have quilts.  This year, Too Much Soul to Control hung in the IQA Judged Show in the Mixed TechKathy and her Quilt in Houstonnique category.  I loved seeing it hang, but I really enjoyed watching other people look at my work.  That’s right.  I admit that I stood a little down the aisle and watched people interact with my quilt.  It was way better than the Tower of Terror! 

I also got the thrill of watching my friend Kathy Lincoln see one of her quilts hang in Houston for the first time.  Voyages is made with amazing Burmese silks (more on them in a later post) and phototransfers of treasured family pictures.  To see a bigger picture of her quilt, visit www.KathyLincoln.com and check out her gallery.

The Journal Quilt exhibit was amazing.  I was excited to see my journal quilt, Lisa’s To Be ListPhyxius, in the show as well as Lisa Ellis‘s journal quilt, The To-Be List.  I really liked the bigger format for this year’s Journal Quilts.  There was more room for exploration, for development of an idea.  Smaller formats seem to pressure me to “use” all the space and I often think the result seems crowded or overworked.  I really liked having the extra space this year.  I also like how cohesive the exhibit looked with all the quilts using identical formats.  There’s a lesson there about pulling together disparate components into a cohesive whole.  Here’s hoping that the powers that be will decide to do another book.

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