Friday, May 11, 2018


At the recent guild meeting in Victoria I picked up a SAQA journal. (Studio Art Quilts Associates)  As I was on the plane home I came across an interesting article by Quinn McDonald called Learning from failure not as painful as it sounds. 
The premise of the article was dealing with rejection, whether it was from a show judge or not getting into a juried show.

This was the part that struck a cord with me,
 " The reason to create, to practice, to struggle with your creative urge is to express creativity and make meaning in your life. That is the prime directive of the creative soul- make meaning. It is the process of creating that lifts the soul, not the price tag. "

I have a personal belief system that gives me meaning in life. But the creative quilter part of me agrees with this!
Did anyone ever asked Michelangelo, "Don't you have enough paintings? Or sculptures?"
I know many people still consider quilts, a blanket to keep us warm. Ah, yes, it does that, but oh, it is so much more. We are putting our creative soul into the quilts we make.

Having to choose what quilts to bring to TX was like choosing a favorite child! LOL
Even if we use someone's pattern, we are still taking it and making it our own.

Just food for thought today, friends.

I'll leave you with this.

As I was preparing this post to publish when I was gone, I realized I'll be in Florence, Italy on my birthday, which is tomorrow! I can't think of a more creative, amazing place to celebrate!

Arrivederci, bellissimi amici!!!


  1. Beautiful quilt! Happy Birthday Lori!

  2. Happy Birthday! And thanks for posting this as I truly believe that our need to create is what keeps us going. To quote Picasso "Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life". I fell that my quilting is my art!

  3. Beautiful quilt! Happy Birthday, Lori!

  4. Grazie bellissima e preziosa amica!
    Happy birthday in Florence and give a kiss from me to Michelangelo’s Davide!

  5. This strikes a chord with me too. I love yur Jubilee quilt :0) I hope you have the most amazing birthday!!

  6. Happy birthday and enjoy the trip to Italy!

  7. Happy Birthday! You really know how to celebrate ;-)! Gorgeous Quilt!

  8. Happy birthday dear friend ! You will love a lot Florence ! It's a beautiful town ! I visited it twice !

  9. Happy Birthday--mine is also the 12th...wish I were going to be in Italy, too...we loved it when we were there a few years back...E N J O Y Andiamo....Andale--hugs, Julierose

  10. Happy birthday! What a great place to celebrate!

  11. That is one of my favorite quilts of yours, Lori.
    Great thoughts on the role the creative process plays in our lives.
    What a place to celebrate your birthday! Enjoy!

  12. That is such a beautiful quilt and a wonderful post, creativity is what brings me joy. I am not concerned with being perfect or as good as others, but enjoy the process of creating. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way and place to celebrate.


  13. I am a firm believer in the power of failure to teach. And repetition is another great teacher. Thanks for this post.

  14. Thanks for the encouragement! Happy birthday!

  15. Happy birthday! You are always an inspiration, with your creativity and determination in quilt making. I so love your Jubilee Quilt! The borders are amazing, as if you are saying ''Life is too short for matching borders, let's have fun instead!'' Bravo!

    The quote is a bit murky, I keep reading it, and not quite getting it. I do agree that, for me, quilting is about the process, not accumulating a bunch of [ugly?] bed coverings! For that reason I have stepped back from outside influences, aka amassing quilt finishes envy, and this year am working more slowly and thoughtfully/ mindfully.

    thanks for an interesting post.


  16. Happy birthday to you! How wonderful to be in Italy, and on your birthday too. 'Love that little white, red and green quilt.

  17. Happy Birthday Lori! Enjoy it in Italy!!! Send lots of pictures.

  18. I certainly agree with your views on quilting. Even though I don't consider myself an artist, I do make decisions when following a pattern, as to color and fabric designs. I love to decorate with quilts and I feel a certain type of pride in knowing that I can make beautiful things and share them.

  19. Happy Birthday Lori - I know you're having a great time. Always love seeing your Jubilee.


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