with artists and their spiritual journeys. I am graced to have two pieces in this show. The first piece, Emerald Treasures has and always will be an inspirational touchstone piece for me. After it was created, it left immediately for a show where it placed third. On it's way home, it was caught in a conveyor belt and the large turtle head was completely decapitated along with a large piece of her shell missing. I was completely devastated especially after having received notice that it had been accepted into IQF West Coast Wonders special exhibit. Not knowing what to do, it sat on my table for a couple of weeks. Finally, I knew I had to try and fix the piece in hopes that she might travel once again. I had no idea how to do this or if it could even be done. I repainted another head and attached it. Next, I began rebuilding her shell. Luckily, I still had beads and leftover materials that matched. There were holes that went through the entire quilt. I used Mistyfuse and fused fabric over these area. Finally, she seemed ready to travel and make her way to festival where she was featured in the program. You cannot imagine how tickled I was that she could be resurrected and shared with others, once again. Emerald Treasures has been an inspiration to me to never give up even when presented with adverse situations; hope prevails.
As the memories flashed before me, I soon found myself reaching back to my own childhood memories and the sensations I experienced when I first walked through grass and felt the blades between my toes or breathed the scent of a favorite and endearing flower. It is here, where I am reminded of the past. It is here where I have learned to dream. This piece has been inked, painted and texturized with fibers. If you are in the area, I encourage you to visit the show. It will be held at the Floris United Methodist Church located at 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171 (near Dulles Airport). Show hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Admission is $5 and there are quilts from almost 200 artists! Wow, what a show! This year, Sacred Threads is sponsored by Dee Brehm and eQuilter.com . Quilts will be offered for sale and if you are not able to get to the show, you can order the CD at http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/ for only $7.95 including postage. Special thanks to Shirley Pignatelli and Lisa Ellis for putting this fabulous event together!