gratitude, quilt shows, quilting

A gift, a challenge and me

photo by Alison Faubert/Dominican Sisters of Hope

A Gift

My friend V, who occasionally comments on the blog here is a friend in person.We’ve spent time together, she’s helped me in the quilting class she attended and invited me to a retreat at Mariandale in Ossining, NY.  V came into the shop a while back and shared with me one of the most beautiful things ever.  At the request of the husband of quilter Nancy Murphy who passed away in 2001 from inflammatory breast cancer, this group of quilters led by Sr. Donna Brunell has been working toward finishing many of Nancy’s quilts in preparation for a show of Nancy’s quilts and sale Saturday & Sunday June 8 & 9 and Wednesday June 12.  You can read more about the story here.
If you get a chance this would be a wonderful show to go see.


A Challenge

You may, or may not, remember the Architectural Challenge posed by BJ Tatum and I, way back in August.  The goal was to have the quilts entered in Houston this year.  BJ finished hers and has sent the entry off to Houston. I on the other hand have a dream and a creative slump.  BJ has, very generously come up with some new guidelines and dates that are more manageable (for this quilter at least)

Hi everyone.  I know some of you have been making or want to make an architecturally inspired quilt for this challenge.  When Teri Lucas and I first issued the challenge, we had in mind that we would all have them done by now, but I know there are several quilters who have been working on one and haven’t finished.    And I also know that some of the earlier guidelines we suggested didn’t quite fit everyone’s ideas (Such an artistic bunch out there).  So Teri and I have decided to loosen things up.

Here are the new guidelines: 

1.  Make a quilt inspired by architectural elements: buildings, floors, ceilings, or even furniture.

2.  Any size, any shape.

3.  Complete by March 1, 2014 and send us the best picture you can of your quilt along with size information, and an artist’s statement about what inspired you, and a statement about how it was made and what  materials, threads, and embellishments you used.

4.  If you complete it before then and enter it into a show, we’d like to know that too, and any other information that you want to tell us.

We are hoping to pull all of this together in an article complete with photos.

And finally me. I have made a huge dent in tidying up my sewing room.  Letting go of stuff wasn’t as gut wrenching as I thought.  In fact it’s opened up a lot of space in my sewing room so that I can rearrange tables and drawers to maximize space.  I think part of this is a result of long term conversations with a friend refocusing what’s important, what’s not.  This is one of those “need to be reminded” rather than “educated”.  I can not tell you how grateful I am for this friend.  Well I could.  Except I’d gush.  I mean seriously gush.  She’d blush and it wouldn’t be pretty because she’s a humble character.

wednesday afternoon flora 008The Mountain Laurels are blooming!

Happy Quilting!


kal gazania bright yellowPS I haven’t forgotten my announcement. I just have to wait a little longer.


5 thoughts on “A gift, a challenge and me”

  1. The Mountain Laurels are amazing! I haven’t seen that one before (only heard the name……now will be on the look-out!). I totally understand “slump”….caused by too many swirling ideas in my head, too many quilts needed in the coming weeks or…… reason at all! LOL! (The high humidity is clogging my brain!?!) Hugs, Doreen

  2. Good morning, Teri! Thanks for the posting. The last few months have been an interesting experience. Working on the quilts has been a challenge and there have been many learning experiences. It was interesting to see the fabric styles change over the years. We all learned something new, that we might not have tried “on our own”. I can’t wait to see them hanging. See you soon, V.
    And I know that feeling of so much to do, where to start, and just not having any spark to GET started. Having finished working on the project quilts, it’s going to be restful to work on my own projects…less stressful. I only have to please myself. (Less stressful? I guess not.) Out to plant some flowers in my old tree stump. Before the weather gets too much hotter.
    Again, thanks for telling folks about the project..

  3. Thanks, Terri, for supporting our exhibit, Stitching a Heritage & Legacy of Quilts, through your blog. It has been a challenging and inspiring experience to work on the quilts. Knowing it honors the memory of someone who loved quilting and devoted many years to sharing her passion has made it all worthwhile. DB

  4. Hurray for the garden! My pink peonies have finally bloomed, a.k.a. Pentecost roses ’cause that’s when they usually bloom.

  5. What a wonderful legacy.

    On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM, Teri Lucas – TerifiCreations Blog wrote:

    > ** > Teri Lucas Terificreations posted: ” A Gift My friend V, who > occasionally comments on the blog here is a friend in person.We’ve spent > time together, she’s helped me in the quilting class she attended and > invited me to a retreat at Mariandale in Ossining, NY. V came into the > shop a while “

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