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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New England Quilt Museum - Saturday November 6th at 1:00 pm

Great Day in the morning, or so the saying goes.

It has been a long and wonderful journey sourcing an upcoming exhibition for the New England Area to be exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell Ma.  "No Holds Barred", is coming this January 2011.  Lots of lessons learned, lots of wonderful people met, lots of traveling, lots of giving and receiving.  Receiving is harder than you might think, at least for me.  I began the journey thinking what I could share of the gifts I have amassed over the years.  At the conception I was hale and healthy.  Midway I was hospitalized and immobile, unable to walk, be touched, and even barely lift myself.  Here and now I am so close to hale and healthy even I can see it on the horizon.  By God miracles do exist.

Great day in the morning, well I would say so!  To those who shared their strength, their ideas, their support, themselves and never once doubted my recovery would be possible, my hat is off to you.  My thanks knows no bounds and I am a better stronger person because you dared to jump into the frying pan along side me and have greatly contributed to my life and longevity.

In fact in addition to working on that project our critique group 'Sisters in Fiber' presently all residing in Massachusetts, will be presenting this weekend at the New England Quilt Museum.

Oh yeah! My co-pilot, voice of experience, and world traveler Celeste Janey, Michele David, and Brenda Jones will all join me in presenting a trunk show for the current exhibit AFRICAN-AMERICAN 
QUILTS TODAY: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood & the Matriarchs 

We will display quilts we have been creating, embellishing, worrying over, swapping fabric in and out of over the past 20 years.  We will have music, stories, quilts in various stages of completion, not to worry most finished, dyed fabrics, and other fiber items that we will share with you.  The process is what is important to me and what I learn along the way, finishing is important to one of us, starting another, and finding time is a bug in all our bonnets.  Well I hope you can join us, we guarantee a wonder filled, moving, heartfelt time!

Warmest Regards,
Ms. V

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Improvements, creations, wait listed, creatively speaking, quilts, quilting, quilted

Good day,
I mean it really, this has been a good day, and it is just noon.  Improvements, I can concentrate.  Probably does not sound like a big deal but it is. In order to create my art quilts I need to concentrate. Taking some of the repairing, relaxing, releasing, medications does away with the ability to concentrate. Downsizing on those same meds means more areas of the brain available to concentrate.

I can read, write, paint, watch tv and remember the story line. Are you laughing, ok it is funny on one hand, on the other it is amazing.  I am trying to remember all the things I did before I was prescribed medication to deal with my injuries.  Oh that's right I can check my journals again.  Now that I can concentrate I can get those books and use the patterns and drafts to continue my mental journey.

I have been gardening. Well not weeding as per the therapist, but the flowers have been gracious and have grown anyway.

creations: I have two pieces of fabric that I painted using the top and bottom of plastic cups, jars, and the back end of a paint brush.  Wonder of wonders I got depth perception going on. I have also used my shiva sticks to enhance a few of the women quilt tops and have started to pick up my studio.

Wait listed: well that would be sewing.  I can hand sew but the hand eye coordination needed to sit at the sewing machine, the time sitting and breaking so I do not hurt is still being experimented with.  I'll get there.

Creatively speaking I have the same 30-40 pieces in different stages of completion.  I picked out five and will concentrate, now that I have mastered that again, and finish before the end of the month.  That is tops, to pin, baste, back and quilt is a whole nother post.  :)