Sacred Threads 2017

Spirituality is meant to take us beyond our tribal identity
into a domain of awareness that is more universal.
Deepak Chopra

Tomorrow is opening day for the Sacred Threads Exhibition in Herndon, VA. I consider this exhibit to be one of the most meaningful quilt exhibits in this country. On display are quilts that people have made expressing their life’s journey in themes of Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief and Peace. I have to confess that I have an intuitive belief that quilts that we make because they speak to us about our life are among our most powerful quilts. Walking through the Sacred Threads Exhibit, it is clear that when one quilts from a deep felt feeling, others are touched by the message.

I am honored to be part of the exhibit again this year with this entry:


After the Storm

One very rainy March, we ventured down the east coast of Maui towards Hana. On one beach there was an enormous tree branch that had broken free and landed against some shore line rocks. I captured the scene in a photo which served as an  inspiration for this quilt.

As part of any entry for Sacred Threads, the artist is asked to explain why they created the quilt and what theme from the exhibition it represents. Here is part of my entry explanation:

This quilt was inspired by a photo I took on the Hana Coast in Maui after a long overcast day of rain. The broken branches reaching out and seeming to pierce the skyline represent emotions of angst and pain, reflecting grief I have felt in my life as friends and family have passed on. While grief dominates the scene, over in the upper right corner, the sky is beginning to clear, reminding that life goes on.

If you have the opportunity to visit the Sacred Threads Exhibit, I assure you that it will move you. You can find out more about the exhibit at this link. I am also listing some basic information below:

Dates of the Exhibit: July 7, 2017 – July 23, 2017

Location:Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171, (703) 793-0026,

Hours for the exhibit: Mondays – Saturdays: 11am – 5pm, Sundays: 1pm – 4pm

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  1. Beautiful, Judy. Elegant in its simplicity, and rich in its message. Thank you.

  2. Your ki shines brightly, Judy! I love this piece, and especially appreciate hearing how it came about.

  3. your Artist Statement is very moving Judy. The work itself does justice to that, it’s incredibly appropriate.

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