And this year--this year! Both the quilts I submitted were accepted for "A World of Beauty," while "A Good Day at Saint-Remy" will also be there as part of the special Butterfly Exhibit. I'm really in the Olympics! And my two partners in Thread Songs are as well--Hope has four quilts on display, and Suzan has two. We don't have a group quilt this year; the concept didn't coalesce early enough. But as individuals, we're certainly on a roll. Apparently we need to get matching leotards . . . wait, no, that won't work. But we're all eligible to win prizes (it could happen) and somebody might want to buy a quilt. And we can run around the convention center saying, "Have you seen my quilt? It's right over here" to total strangers. Maybe I'll get that printed on a t-shirt.
You can tell that I'm a bit goofy right now. Gee Gee and I came back Monday from Sacred Threads in Virginia, where we met dozens of wonderful quilters and heard their stories and told ours. Sacred Threads has a totally different feel about it; the exhibition is very heartfelt and sincere. The stories and their interpretation outrank the number of stitches per inch, perfect binding and square corners. There were some shattering quilts and many wrenching stories on display (even the quilts expressing "joy" and "spirituality" often seemed to be generated out of difficulty. Lisa Ellis and the dedicated volunteers who put this together were wonderfully hospitable and helpful. So "Gave Up My Woolens" and "Out Into the Wilderness" will be there for a month or so, then will come home if not sold.
Here are the two pieces that will be in "A World of Beauty"