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What Are Friends For?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: When I am in a funk, there are a couple of fellow bloggers who can send me an e-mail or make a comment that oozes a kind of love that means the world to me — Judy in the Dyes and Thea Quilts aka Dee. they both happen to be Episcopalians, like me and we have a lot in common. Dee proclaimed me to be her doppelganger.

INSPIRATION: I have been privileged to meet some great artists as I travel around taking classes. I always love seeing them in person which is not often enough. Two of them have blogs that almost always inspire me to get back in the studio and make something — Liz Berg and Melody Johnson. They are both very talented and extremely generous.

CARING CONCERN: There are too many of you to name individually, but I really appreciate the comments and messages of help and concern when I am feeling out of sorts. Rayna, for instance, sent me a link to an article about lymphedema that was in the NY Times yesterday.

LAUGHS: Deb of Red Shoe Ramblings and Melody Johnson, again, always make me chuckle. There are others who occasionally have a fit of hilarity, but these two can see the humor in the darnedest situations.

A WAKE UP CALL: OK, confession, this one is the reason I am writing this post. I just thought I would add the others to fill out my post -heh! Karoda is a blogger who I dearly love — for her wit, her passion, her sense of justice, her courage and I could go on. Yesterday, she had a post, titled “Silence is Golden.” I read it and reread it and woke up this morning and changed my life. No computer time except for work on the SDA site and checking e-mail once in a while. No TV during the day. I listened to music while I cleaned the fridge and worked in the studio. I felt more energetic and alive. I had fallen into a very bad habit when I was ill of sitting with my laptop in front of the TV, tuning out the world. Karoda’s words spoke to me loud and clear as if she had been charged with writing that post just for me. Thank you, my dear friend.

I have lots of other friends who give me love, laughs, care and inspiration. You know who you are, and I don’t want to forget you, but these friends came to mind as I was thinking about writing this today.

QUILT CONTENT: I cleaned up all my fused silk scraps yesterday and today, I got them out again to make another cruciform piece. Here is the cruciform, made with skinny pieces of yellows and greens.


Here is the background, fused with a rainbow of silk strips.


Tomorrow, I will fuse them to batting and do some quilting.


In the morning, I have STASH meeting at Terry’s home. I still need to read my chapter in the Twyla Tharp book, so ta!