The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekly Journal Quilt Project

This week I received an email notice about a new Yahoo art quilt group that was forming. It's a small group dedicated to creating one small quilt per week for one year, size, theme and materials are at at the discretion of each individual quilter. Sounds great. .  so I joined. Since I had a pile of small pieces calling out to me for a few years, yes years, I thought I would try to whip something up tonight. Voila!

This group was just the kick I needed to do something with that small pile of black and white, red, orange, hot pink and Asian scraps . . . plus the stamped fabric reject. They were left over from a quilt top that I made during my 'boo-boo knee' year. But, it just always seems like there's a new idea to try, a new technique to try or a new yummy piece of fabric to play with, so these scraps just sat there staring at me for a few years, getting moved from one spot to another, always within reach and always with the intent to make something 'tonight'.

So, what better way to honor these patient and dear friends but to give them the place of honor that they so deserve. . . quilt #1.

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