Thank you for always commenting, even when I don’t respond:-(
I’ve been terrible lately about blogging, responding to comments, and all that jazz. I am back in business, though. Indulge me in a little rant, if you will, and then I’ll get back on topic. What is it with Little League? We have TWO practices this week and TWO games. Yes, four separate days. My child needs his own personal assistant, or a father who doesn’t work so much. Anyway, with a sick dog, 28 computer viruses (probably caught from Don Corleone), and t-ball, I’m just not keeping up with it all. I think this is going to be my life until May 31 unless I can find a way to blog remotely. .. and I am working on that! Okay, thanks. Now back to our regular scheduled program.
Mkay, so have you joined a guild yet? You should. I’ve mentioned a couple times about my guild here– SA Mod Quilters. Let me tell you– I love our guild. We are building something that’s gaining momentum and really becoming a cool group. We have had to get through some hiccups, like writing bylaws and learning what works for us, but I finally think we are getting there. My advice to you when starting your group– do lots of fun, social things– not just meetings.
Saturday, March 12, we participated in an event in San Antonio called Luminaria, which drew a crowd of 300,000 people. Yeah, 300,000. It is a night-time art festival/extravaganza that is held once a year, and it is spectacular. (Okay, so just read about it on that link. Yes, it mentions me and calls me an artist. heheheh. Yes, an artist.)
My guild assisted Art Quilter Laurie Brainerd. She was asked to do a performance piece on fiber art. When she was at one of our guild meetings as a visitor, she watched us, as the members showed up, place their block of the month on the design wall. The blocks were all different sizes of crazy geese in one colorway. Sort of. Anyway, as each person showed up, she (each member, not Laurie) played with the design and moved blocks around kind of seeing where this was going. That’s when Laurie was inspired to do some kind of performance on how modern quilt groups work. She called it Quilt Be Mod (check out her link above for her explanation of it all). We were OUTSIDE quilting in a circle, facing outward. At night. Sitting in a fountain.
(Here are pics from a dress rehearsal)
One person was cutting up garmets
Who passed the pieces to someone who was sewing them together
Who passed them to someone at the design wall
who passed the pieces to the next person sewing
Who passed them to the sandwich maker
Who passed it to the free-motion quilter
Who then passed it to the station beside me, the cutter, who chopped up the quilted pieces and we did it again (and again, and again, etc.). It was all about process. To see pictures of the event at night (not just the dress rehearsal!), read Laurie’s other Luminaria post.
And guess what we’re doing with the leftover pieces that Laurie isn’t using? Leslie is turning them into quilts for Japan.
The coolest thing, though, was that people saw me/us as artists. I still can’t get over it. I have never quilted for a standing-room-only crowd or had so many people care about what I was doing. It was liberating and empowering. Even though I’m not sure what I’m doing is art. Yet.