Back home from Houston. Exhausted but happy. It was a long week, but it was a short week. It was the best of times - filled with friendship and beauty. I am exhausted & hardly know where to begin. So I thought that I would back the truck up a bit & begin with the "before". My journal quilt that I called "Inflamed" and worked on during the terrible fire seasons. Before the journal quilt though I want to share a photo of my dear cyber friend Kathy & I. We finally got to meet face-to-face this week after nearly two years of on-line friendship. I owe her thanks & I owe her apologies. Thanks for being tour guide for Sarah & I & apologies for not spending more time with her. I kept forgetting my phone at the hotel and, honestly, I was often too exhausted & buggy eyed to have been able to hold a conversation. Exhaustion is a problem for me & I hate it and resent it. Kathy and I could have one heck of a time together if we were closer. She is, just as I had thought, a beautiful, funny, intelligent, crazy gal!
On to to "Inflamed". I thought I loaded these photos in order but what I have gotten is dis-order - so please bear with me! I loved making this piece. Last January in a class we were asked what our goals were. One of my stated goals was to have a wool quilt accepted into a show. Little did I know at that time that the goal would be fulfilled with the small piece that I began working on during the fire season in California & Washington. I wanted to explore a visual representation of the power & fierceness of fire - and of my fear of it - and I wanted to use wool. After making the felt I quilted it - and then added fire color beading. At the show the piece was rather far away and high up - at least for me as vertically challenged as I am! I could not read my statement either, even though I had used a larger font than had been called for. There is so much more to tell you about the show. It was such a blessing to be able to visit with my buddy Sarah. I still wish she lived closer again - but her move East was the best thing she could have done for herself! I am so proud of her!