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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SAQA's Sacred Threads Exhibit in Reston, Virginia

A cross-pollination of bees, quilting bees that is, afforded several Southern Comforters a drive out to Reston, Virginia, to view the exhibition of a very inspiring quilt show starring the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). We were all impressed with the breadth of work, insight, love and incredible stories of loss, grief, love and joy depicted in over 200 quilts.

According to their website, "a small group of women gathered in 1999 with a vision of a "new" type of quilt exhibit. Back then, topics of spirituality and inspiration were not always understood or welcomed at traditional quilt shows. There was not a "safe" or welcoming venue for quilters who saw their works as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their own spiritual journey. Often the meaning behind the works were missed or misunderstood because the artist did not have the opportunity to share their inspiration with the viewer."

Founder Vikki Pignatelli and other committee members created a dignified exhibit that their artwork would touch all those who viewed it on many levels. Many of their themes then continue today in the artwork: Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood, One word: Amazing!

Now, 20 years later, the beautiful show was held at a beautiful church in Reston, Virginia. My quilt buddies, Trish Rader, Debbi Carter and Deb Hoppe "shuttled" across town to view this wonderful show. So much talent and inspiration oozing from each and every quilt and exhibitor. I was thankful to take it all in, and garnered some new ideas for quilts that continue to percolate in my mind (but haven't made it out yet).

A big shout of Thanks to Misty Cole for setting up our guild's tickets to the show! And below are some of my favorite quilts in the show, including the "Eye Contact Project" (very cool).



Photo below: Trish, Deb, Debbi, Margy Hill and me

"Eye Contact; creating a connection". 5"X23"

Gerrie Congdon, Portland, OR
Ode to a Tree Can you see the word tree spelled out in a vertical line?

Linda Waddle, Auburn, CA
Well Defended

Diane M. Clapes
College Park, GA
Mama Robi

A close up of the Eye Contact exhibit; Misty Cole's 'Eyes' are the middle row and are her sister's!

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