Thursday, September 07, 2006
What a day! Not only did I get to spend this past Friday with my bestest bud, Annie, have a killer lunch and generally goof around...I also got to finally see the Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. I've been dying to check it out for weeks. My primary motivation being the looming 100 Good Wishes Quilt project. I start my beginners quilting class Friday, September 9th.
You know, that Bai Jia Bei is not going to make itself. No siree bobbie....
Please, look at these beautiful quiltmakers of Gee's Bend. When I turned the corner at the exhibit and saw their pictures - I was so struck emotionally. I was inspired - by their faces and by their words. And, of course, by their works.
During the interactive exhibit/movie thing one of the ladies said:
"Someone asked me...what is this that you're working on...what is the pattern...?" (or some-such-sort-of-thing) and she responded "It's a quilt. A quilt. It is a QUILT. It is a quilt." Simple as that. Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Nothing that necessitated a special form of graph paper or cutting tool. It was a quilt. Simple. Easy. And, it was very beautiful.
Yes! I am inspired.
Tomorrow is my very first class. Yes, it is at a fancy quilt-ish shop in Berkeley, CA. What will that be like? Will they let me be less-than-perfect?
I will do my best to "blog" the experience. I am excited and so anxious at the same time.
Let's see how it goes...............