Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quilting and Sacred Threads

"Missing" 28" w x 34" h
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I have been asked by several people if I have given up making quilts. Of course not. I do not think I could ever give up making things in fiber and remember I have never just done quilts. I have been working on a new quilt "Missing" for Sacred Threads. The background is a small painting that I had created into fabric. Originally I thought I would just create a quilt with it, but when it arrived, it did not feel right. I had a "ah ha" moment when I decided to make a quilt with chairs. Food and gatherings have always been a huge part of my life and with the loss of so many family members and friends these last few years I thought about the how to express the loss--a theme that seems to be a focus of so much of my artwork--and decided on empty chairs. I even quilted one in the background. Now I need to write 100 words about the quilt. By the way, the deadline has been extended to January 4 so you still have time. 

"Feeling Blue" 12" w x 17" h
Since I can enter two quilts for the entry fee, I decided to also enter "Feeling Blue." This quilt has more to do with dealing with feeling "not enough" and hence, depressed. And even though I do get depressed, I always remain hopeful which I also hope this piece expresses.

If you do not know about Sacred Threads, I strongly suggest you check it out even if you cannot enter at this time. It began in 1999 as an exhibition that dealt with spirituality and inspiration. "The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people." The shows use to be in Ohio and were run by the founders Vikki Pignatelli and Wendy Bynner. They handed over the reins in 2009 to Lisa Ellis and friends. The show now takes place in the Washington, D.C. area.   Pieces from the show also travel. I did not entered the last show in 2015, but both my quilts that I entered in 2013 traveled which was gratifying.  

I do think it is time to make something with a lighter theme! What themes do you repeat in your work?


  1. Karen, I love them both! Sacred Threads is a wonderful and special show...you are inspiring me to work in fiber again.

    1. I took a break and it felt so good to come back. You should because you have so much to share. Thanks for your kind words which always means so much to me. Hugs.

  2. Karen, your focus for the design for the missing quilt for application to Sacred Threads is wonderful. How many and how often to me is not the measure of success with working in any media. You have created a pair of good pieces and I am drawn to the missing piece - perfection in your choice of the chairs empty image. Great piece.

    1. Kristin, Thank you. I put my heart and soul into "Missing." Art truly does heal. I have felt so much more at peace since making it. Hugs


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