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Archive for February, 2005

Sew and Tell Time!!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

I’m hoping to have this title as a recurring theme! I want this blog thing to keep me in the studio making things to share with my daughters and who ever else happens by. Today The Pointless Sisters had their regularly scheduled meeting. They surprised me with a gift certificate to one of my favorite fabric stores – Fabrications in Healdsburg. Then at the end of the meeting I was presented with this Love Pillow with beautiful messages written by my artsy friends.

I was able to find time this afternoon to make this little quiltlet that is going to a special person. I can’t say who yet because he/she might be checking in here. This is made from antique Kimono fabrics and dupioni silk. It is 8.5 X 11 inches.

Returning from Retreating

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

I spent the week-end at a retreat with the vestry of my church. It was a working retreat, yet I’m feeling so refreshed from the time spent with people who are dedicated to the life of our church and want to see it grow and flourish. The setting was so bucolic – The Silver Penny Farm – which is a retreat center on a farm with sheep and baby lambs romping on the hillside. The main building is a beautiful old farm house with a big fireplace.

We spent some time yesterday thinking about those in the church for whom we are grateful. Someone had brought some lovely thank you cards and we wrote messages to about 35 people. Everyone agreed that it was a very satisfying activity – putting words on paper that express how you feel about someone.

I was reminded of my challenge this year to send fabric post cards as thank yous and for other special occasions. This afternoon I made these three cards that will go in the mail tomorrow. The two on the left are made from my fused antique Kimono stash. The flower card is made of hand-dyes and commercial fabrics.

Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. Terry Lynn Taylor

Healing Art

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

I have been so touched by the messages and good thoughts that have been sent my way since I broadcast my problem with breast cancer. I am a lot like my mother in that I would rather be giving and caring than receiving and it is sometimes hard for me to deal with the all the attention.

This I know, in the past few days I have had an energy and a zest for life that can only be explained by the many prayers and lovely good thoughts that are being sent out to me and carrying me through this time.

I want to share 3 special gifts with you which have arrived at my door.

Elizabeth Van Schaick who is on the Quilt Art list with me sent this healing quiltlet. She says it is a healing talisman and she sometimes calls this a “woobie”, which is a term for a security blanket. It is meant for me to take with me whenever/whereever I need to. She has explained all the symbolism in a card she sent with it. Here is the front:

Here is the back:

Cathy Hansen, a member of my Pointless Sisters Art Quilt group sent me this hand made quilty valentine with several fat quarters of lime green fabrics! (I love lime green!)

My friend Mitch saw my blog and my music preferences and made me a CD of 60s and jazz music. The cd and cover were done in his computer art. The music choices are terrific and I am enjoying the cd in my car. His wife Vicki is our new parish administrator and she calls me the queen of all things!!

I thought I would share the bounty of my blessings today. Thank you to all who have sent wonderful healing thoughts my way.

Love is in the Mail

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Well, I had my visit with the surgeon today. She is a lovely young woman – could be my daughter. She gave me only one option – a mastectomy – because I have had radiation and cancer in that breast before. So, March 9th is the day. I had to schedule around all the things I do – like editing newsletters for my quilt guild and the church.

Today is Valentine’s Day and my family received the following postcards in the mail. I used hand dyes and antique kimono fabrics and silk. On Mia’s and Miles’, I stamped I love Mia and I love Miles and also some Os & Xs.

What’s on my design wall?

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

I attended Art Quilt Tahoe last November. I took Sue Benner’s class and started several small art quilts. This class was a break through for me as I began to find my voice in cloth. This is the only one I have completed. It is called Zen Forest. It is layers of silk, antique kimono fabrics, metallic silk organza, paint and stitching. It is very difficult to photograph because of the reflection of the organza.

The others are on my design wall waiting for me to discover how to quilt them.

As each one is finished, I will post a close-up.