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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Praying for Quilters, quilting, Painters painting...

Heavenly Father
I pray for all my sisters and brothers, who are quilting, and painting, and stretching, but
Not more or less for any one of them
At times we lift one or another up to you for a special blessing
As many have done on my behalf recently
And it is with thanks giving that I am responding to such unselfish acts of kindness
I pray that we all might all be blessed to extend acts of kindness to one another on a regular basis
Not only when one’s health fails, or one looses a job or when one gains one, nor when ones relationships
End or begins, or when we gain or lose a family member, or have our candidate voted in or not
I would that we ‘just’ remember to pray on each others behalf
I pray for all my sisters and brothers, regardless what they may have said or done in my past or present
I pray for all my sisters and brothers, regardless what they may have missed
saying or may have missed doing in each others past or present
I pray that we may through your grace realize that some of what we say
or do should be left unsaid, or undone, in our future

It is a challenge to create a work Lord and to have others critique that work.
Sometimes the words used hurt, unman, disable, or even cause an artist, a quilter, a person just starting out to
turn away from expressing themselves in any venue that leaves them open to criticism and not positive talk
Heavenly Father, your word can empower us in a way that stills our tounges and stops us from hurting one another
Lead us to do or say more based on what you have taught us through your word, and remind us to read your word
Heavenly Father guide our words in a way, that we may pass along a blessing, be a blessing, be a deed to one another

Show us where to find the ability to sharpen our skills so that we encourage each other, build each other up, empower each other
Heavenly Father I have been favored and blessed these pass months, as have all who read these words
At times knowingly, at times without a clue, at times because someone made a sacriface
At times because I or we made the sacriface, at times because I or we read your word
At times because we heard your word read, oft times together, oft times alone and lonely and forgetting that you are there for us at all times empowering us and blessing us.
I pray for all my brothers and sisters
Not more or less for any one of them
I pray for me, myself, to remind me to read your word regularly
to remind myself to be a blessing and if you are willing Oh Lord a candle, to light the way

Help me to stitch or draw, or paint, or write in such a way as to lead or head in the direction of the blessings you have in store for me.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Deciding which Exhibition to enter

It is that time of the year when I try to decide which exhibitions have topics or themes that are running concurrent with the quilts I want to make over the next 12-15 months. The hardest part of this task is to not get caught up in the woulda, coulda, shoulda trap.
I really want to enter at least 12 different exhibits, alas, there is only time for one or two. How do I select the two that are closest to what I already have begun sketches and color schemes for? Not an easy answer, no matter how you look at it. Some quilts want to be made. Some quilts will find their way on your cutting and drafting table without you knowing how they managed to get there. Other quilts are torn out of you fabric by fabric, thread by thread, and sewing appointment or class no matter what you find yourself working on the piece even when you did not have it booked as a part of your sewing or creative time.
This year I have already committed my self to creating an antique money chest, a fractured square piece, and to write a book. How can I add two additional quilts when I know one is already spoken for and the other is screaming to be let out of my fabric totes?
Well it looks like another night will pass and the answer for question will find itself on the back burner. I promised I would finish one Unfinished Project or UFO, and finish one project that has already been figured out, fabric purchased, cut, and is sitting in my traveling bag. What is a quilter to do? Give up the new quilt ideas swimming around in my head? Or should I just keep trying to stay ahead of the pile of quilt tops that are piling up on what used to be my stash table.
That table hasn't seen the light of day in months, ok, years. But as soon as I get the UFO's done I will be able to have a solo quilt show, LOL. Have a great night and remember, sew a little, cut a little, and dream a lot...when it is almost midnight.

Ms. V