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Made a List

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Yes, I made a list on paper. The list in the head was not working. I checked off quite a few things — photography for the Line Dancing quilts which I sent to Terry for the CD. I wrote my artist statements for the 2 pieces and sent them to Georgia who is making the labels. I selected two pieces for possible inclusion in the Columbia Fiberarts Guild show at the Contemporary Craft Museum and did the paper work. I also worked on SDA conference registration, of course!!

I am happy to say that Noshi Ribbons was purchased at the last minute today and is going to a new home in Santa Cruz, California. The new owner wants a bamboo rod so I tinted a piece of bamboo with turquoise paint. Fiberart for a Cause has now raised over 17o, 000 for the American Cancer Society. I will alert you when the Collage Mania sale starts.

I did it. Got my hair cut and didn’t get the color. Here I am. Can you see the gray?


I am enjoying the short cut. Makes me feel like spring is here and I can shed the weight of winter.  Next month, I am getting new glasses. Now, if I could just lose the 20 pounds that is plaguing me, life would be great. My headache was not gone, but was much better today.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

First, the ugly —


I have had a debilitating sinus headache since Sunday afternoon. I am on a course of Claritin, Sudafed, Aleve, saline rinses and Afrin nasal spray. Nothing makes much of a dent. I have been working away, trying to ignore it.


The bad — my quilt for the FAFC reverse auction is still waiting for a new owner. There are 7 beautiful pieces waiting for patrons to donate to the American Cancer Society to claim them. Click here for your chance!! Thursday you can get one for a real deal.

The good — I have finished my window  for the 12 X 12 challenge. It is not what I wanted to do. It is what I could do — all things considered.

This is what 20 plus yards of pfd fabric looks like after it has been torn into 2 yard pieces and scoured in the washing machine. I should have enough fabric to last for some time after the shibori class.


For some time, I have been thinking about going natural. Dyeing my hair is pricey and somewhat of a pain. With that decision, I have also decided to go quite short. Tomorrow, I am getting my hair cut short and so my gray is going to start showing. I can always change my mind, right?

Gold Donor Day

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Fifth and Final Reverse Auction featuring my artwork, Noshi Ribbons,
opens today at 10 a.m. CST. www.virginiaspiegel.com/ReverseAuctionArtwork2009.html 100% of the proceeds is donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.  The minimum donation drops each day; wait too long and my artwork might be gone!

What is Gold Donor Day?

Artwork is available for a premium donation one day before the regular Reverse Auction opens.

This piece is donated by Rayna Gillman. I would love to own this.


I hope you will stop by the auction and buy a beautiful piece of art to support a very important cause — The American Cancer Society.

Celebrating 50 Years

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

One of my high school classmates and her husband are celebrating  their 5oth wedding anniversary. When I got the invitation a few months ago, I told their daughter I wanted to make something for them using some photos. Well, of course, it is next week-end and I am just finishing it. I don’t think she reads my blog so I thought I would share what I did.


The bamboo is not attached yet. I used a gold background (golden anniversary) which has strokes of gold paint. This is a fabric done by Liz Berg which I purchased ages ago. I used their wedding photo and an absolutely darling photo that was taken of them last November. I found a poem about being together for 5 years. They are all printed on organza and fused to the background. I stamped  hearts and embellished them with red beads. I did no machine stitching. I had a beautiful hand-dyed variegated perle cotton from Elin Noble which I used for a seed stitch on the background.

Here is a detail:


I am very happy with how this turned out. I will stitch the bamboo hanger tomorrow and get it in the mail on Monday – whew!!

Here is the poem:

Fifty years is really not enough
In which to plumb the depths of someone’s soul.
Fifty more years, then, should be the goal:
To know the beauty of another’s love,
Yearnings shape, and life-long shadows buff.

Yet life was never easy in those years.
Everest is sometimes hard to climb.
A will to love has brought you to this time,
Rich in joys that time cannot remove.
So may this day be filled with happy tears!

— Nicholas Gordon

We are getting close to the deadline for the first phase of registration for the SDA conference. After April 1, it costs more to attend. So I am getting a last minute rush. I managed to get caught up with all of that today.

My fabric for the shibori class arrived. I could really see and feel the difference between the regular pfd fabric and the organic cotton. The organic is very lucious.

Terry and I had nice art date and lunch on Friday. I was blown away by the amount of materials and work that has gone into the installation by Mandy Greer. Do click on the link and take a look at what she does. Just think of what her studio and storage challenges must be.

Doing this little art quilt for my friend has warmed me up and I am ready to get back to work.

Help Me Fight Cancer

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

As many of my long time readers know, I am a three time breast cancer survivor. I have a sister who has survived the same diagnosis. My dad died from stomach cancer. So this fight is very personal.

I have been a supporter of Virginia Spiegel’s Fiberart for a Cause since it’s inception. This year, I am so honored to be one of the invited artists for the reverse auction. I made one of my Japanese vintage fabric collages.


Here is the official press release:

Fiberart For A Cause will hold its fifth Invitational Reverse
Auction from March 24-26, 2009.  The Preview opens today:


Natalya Aikens, Gerrie Congdon, Marjorie DeQuincy, Rayna Gillman, Carol Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie Monday, Judy Coates Perez, Leandra Spangler and Roxane Stoner have all donated their artwork.

All proceeds from the sales go directly to the American Cancer Society.

All artwork will begin at a fixed minimum donation. This minimum donation is reduced by a fixed (and very generous) percentage of the original minimum donation each day until the artwork is chosen by a generous patron.

“Having lost my husband to cancer nine years ago, I wanted to make some small contribution to something that is so close to my own heart, as well as a joyful way to remember my husband and other friends and relatives who have fought this disease. Since fiber art is both my vocation and my avocation, this seemed a perfect match for me. I was honored to be asked to contribute to the Invitational Reverse Auction, and delighted to accept,” said Linda Teddie Minton.

Fiberart For A Cause has now donated more than $165,000 to the American Cancer Society in the last four years and was the second highest national fundraiser for the 2007 American Cancer Society Cancer’s Relay for Life.

For more information on Invitational Reverse Auction and Fiberart For A Cause, contact Virginia@VirginiaSpiegel.com.

I hope that some of you will consider a purchase and help in the fight against cancer.