Day 66/100: I need you

WE spend so much of our lives online these days, and that continuous flow of information and photos can make us sad. I telecommute most days, and the lack of physical social interaction takes a toll.

Day 66 I need you CVA MQG

Day 66: I need you

Luckily a few years ago I met you– members of the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild.  I did not know any of these folks before 2015. Now I think of them as my best friends.  I look forward to seeing them and talking to them. I want to know how their families are doing, where they’re going on vacation, and just how they are.

We meet the first Tuesday of the month at Studio Two Three. The place is conducive to sharing.  It’s also just cool.  Creativity oozes from the industrial building.

Our current president, Melanie, started a membership spotlight this year.  What a treat it has been. Each month we get to learn about two members’ quilting and life journeys. We get to celebrate that member and applaud her accomplishments.  The women in the photo at right were the featured members this month, Truda and Megan.

I want to say publicly and online that I need you, and I thank you for embracing me and for showing me you care every time I see you.

Thank you,


Day 53: Maggie L. Walker

No quilt photography today. I spent this morning at the Black History Museum in Richmond, Virginia, with my daughter. We viewed the exhibit, Yesterday’s Stories, Today’s Inspiration. There was a photograph of Maggie Lena Walker along with many other wonderful portraits. Walker was the first woman president of any race to charter a bank in the United States.

After our tour, we walked down to the corner of North Adams and West Broad Street where there is a statute of her. Those tassels on her dress caught my eye. From this angle she is a towering figure, and rightly so.

Eyes Wide Shut Workshop

The all-day workshop at Studio Two Three promised to combine text and print to tell my story. I had never tried printmaking, and the workshop was part of the Rock Star Series. Emmy Bright was the first Rock Star on the calendar. I signed up after going to QuiltCon. I needed to explore other art forms.

The class started with a writing exercise — just write without stopping for eight minutes. Then we pared that down to a 100-word autobiography.

We kept paring it down until we had a three-word autobiography. When I reached my three words, I cried. My autobiography has been wrapped up in pain and loss. And death, grief and depression were in my story before I pared it down. The story in my head says I cannot control my life story. I fear breast cancer; the monthly checks, the yearly mammograms and MRIs, combined with the occasional breast biopsy.

In this paring down of words, I could eliminate that fear and choose other defining words. Striking through death was empowering. That’s why I cried. It made me happy to strike through those words.

The process for making the letters and the prints was relaxing for me. I made the letters L, E, S and Z in the smaller set. (by the way, no one’s autobiography included the letter Z)

make an E cropped

I like imperfections. When I was making them, I didn’t stress at all.  Others were more exacting and wanted to create the perfect alphabet. Ah, a metaphor for humanity. It takes all types to make type.

eyes wide shut alphabet

Here’s Nick, who was already a pro and had carved letters before, so he was chill.

lino print making cropped

Hands at work are beautiful.

The class also screen printed on white sheets of paper and on the Autobiography sheets. We made simple shapes and some more complicated shapes/stencils. This process was less relaxing. It required more technique and agility — plus arm strength. We weren’t trying to produce a finished work. We were playing.

I did the pink blob on this one and someone else added the cat blob. My stencil was off and that little pink stripe in the corner makes me very happy.

eyes wide shut pink and cat

Joy, Learning and Love. That’s my story.