In Thanks

I’m simply overwhelmed with the outpouring of support I’ve gotten over the past week. Thanks everyone for the kind words on my father. I’ve been feeling a maelstrom of emotions: grief, of course, coupled with compassion for all of you dealing with cancer or caring for a loved one with cancer; gratified to hear so many will be making postcards for FFAC (thank you); and lastly, blessed to feel the love and friendship making its way through cyberspace.

One last word on my father. I flew down this past Wednesday to his house for a small gathering of friends and relatives. I kept composed fairly well until Sonny, a childhood friend of my dad’s arrived. Sonny was there during the final days of my dad’s life and I just sobbed on his shoulder as we sat in my father’s sitting room and Sonny told me all of the things my father said, experienced, and felt during those last days. Before my father fell into a coma, he turned to Sonny and between labored breaths said, “Sonny, I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to do in this life.”

When Sonny told me that, I quieted some. I’m relieved that even though my dad died fairly young, he died fulfilled, and every time I’m feeling a wave of grief wash over me, I’m going to try and remember this.

With this also comes the realization—and determination—to make the absolute most of my life. And as I enjoy another birthday next month, I realize I’m. Not. Nearly. Done. Not even close.

After a week of mourning, I walked into my studio this Saturday morning with a vengeance to create, to choose to live a healthy life, to give my job all that I can, and to fiercely love and support my family and friends.

I’m so blessed to have this incredible job and to be part of the community that all of you create. Here at Quilting Arts LLC, we have a lot of exciting endeavors to plan for over the next few months, namely an increased publication schedule (more on that later), as well as the end-of-year celebration of Make It University/Make It U! this November in Houston. If you haven’t heard, Cloth Paper Scissors is collaborating with Quilts Inc. to put together an exciting gathering of mixed-media vendors and artists to offer mixed-media, paper, and bookbinding products, teach workshops, and share some interesting exhibits. And here’s where a little fun (and thanks to you) come in to play…

As I sit in my studio overflowing with hand-dyed fabrics, vintage findings, buttons, hand-dyed cheese cloth, painted tissue and coffee filters (great for stitching and collage), and other findings, I know I just wont be able use it all.  So I have a deal for you:

1.The first 30 people to answer the following question via the blog will receive an assortment of goodies from me.  If you see that you are in the first 30 responses, please **email** me your mailing address. It’s a bit time-consuming to track people down so please make sure to immediately follow up your blog response by emailing me at editorial@quiltingartsllc.com with your address.
2. Take the goodies I mail you and create a piece of art. You can make a fiber art postcard, a tiny quilt, a handmade book, a series of ATCs, a fabric bowl, fabric house, etc. And I’d be thrilled to pieces if you created an ATC for Make It University/Make It U!

3. Scan or take a photograph of your work and email the image to me at editorial@quiltingartsllc.com by Friday, October 13th. The image should be either a jpeg or gif file and be 72 DPI and less than 1 MB in size. Please only send me one picture in total.

Since I’m going to be sending all 30 people nearly the same items but in various colors, it’ll be interesting to see the different results. I’ll be posting some of the pictures on the blog, and it’s also quite possible that we’ll feature the different pieces of artwork in Houston in our booth in the Make It University/Make It U section. (If this happens I’ll post details at a later date.)

The question to be answered on the blog:
What special skill or series of work are you interested in perfecting or studying at the moment?  Making creative journals?  Free-motion quilting? Handmade books? Fabric bowls? Tell us what you’re doing, and if you have a website or blog to show us your work make sure to include the link.

Be well, everybody…