|"Julie Silber" 2012|
|"Escape from Palm Beach" 2012|
I pretended I was doing a project for an art class, and completed my first AAQI quilt called "Escape from Palm Beach" by the next day. It was fun, much more fun than I thought it would be. It was also relaxing. In other ways it was very engaging, maybe even a little addictive. Working with fabric, thread, some batting and a sewing machine was a much more deliberate process than other media such as painting. If there was a way to push the boundaries, I'd find it.
|"House of Wonky" 2012|
When I submitted the quilt for the challenge, I heard back from Ann Richardson, who was very impressed that I'd made a quilt, and was encouraging me to make something for the inaugural "ManLand" exhibit of men quilters, so I made another quilt called "Marvelette" and entered it in the show. During this time, I was sharing pictures of the quilts on Facebook and my blog, and everyone was very encouraging. Some were even a little surprised.
Later in the year, I was fortunate to get a spot in the Folk Art Quilting Retreat with Sue Spargo and Gwen Marston in Sisters, when someone from my guild had to drop out shortly before the retreat. There was a workshop with Gwen on the first day, where I worked on my "Wonky Star" top. In the retreat, I worked on a wool flower garden using upcycled vintage stumpwork flowers.
The show was juried for the first time, and I learned it had been highly selective. Out of hundreds of entries, juror Russell Joslin selected just 27 images from an international field of 20 artists. I was one of the only artists from Oregon to get into the show.
Around the holidays, Tim Latimer was making paper snowflakes and posting pictures on his blog. It looked like fun, so I tried it. I liked how they were turning out, so I spent a few hours making more, and I made them into a book for the holidays. When I look back on 2012, I'll remember it as a year when my creativity was reawakened, It was a year full of inspiration, and many people whose encouragement kept me going.