Sacred Threads and Creativity

Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

I am pleased to let everyone know that my quilt, Ground Zero Reborn, is on display with the Sacred Threads Exhibit in Herndon, VA from July 11-28. It is always an honor to be included in this exhibition and this quilt is very special to me as the Wall St area of NYC was very much a part of my childhood. I am always grateful that my parents were not alive to witness the tragedy of 9/11.

Sacred Threads allows artists to share pivotal moments in their lives through art quilts. If you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition, the quilts you will experience are amazing and moving. I hope you can visit.The exhibition is at the Floris United Methodist Church and full details on the exhibit can be found on the Sacred Threads website.

Ground Zero Reborn

In my previous post, I wrote that I had decided to participate in SAQA’s “100 Days of Creativity on Facebook” challenge. After ten days, I am amazed and delighted to report that I love the challenge. Much to my surprise, the simple concept of making enough progress on an idea to be able to take a daily photo capturing the progress has turned out to be exactly the incentive I needed to create. There is so much freedom in how each participant chooses to use the 100 days that I feel totally comfortable sharing whatever I have done and I am finding looking at everyone else’s photos both inspiring and instructive. My experience is that simply persisting every day to do a little and then contemplating the next day’s step for the reminder of the day has allowed me to make concrete progress.

In the first ten days, I have moved from creating templates for two different size art quilts based on the same photo

to a roughed out version of the smaller of the two projected art quilts.

I have enjoyed the process so much that I have decided to expand upon my original plan for the 100 days. For the second ten days, I am developing a hand embroidery from some vintage fabrics recently given me. While I am embroidering I will be contemplating how I will stitch the small art work which I will resume working on for the third block of ten days. I hope to continue flipping back and forth in blocks of ten days between the two projects until mid-September. 

Wish me luck!

Linking to NinaMarie’s Off the Wall to share with other artists.

Having a Good Summer

Good things come to those who wait.

I have had a lot to be grateful for this summer in my art. Besides being blessed with time, good ideas, and sheer enjoyment in stitching, I have also been acknowledged by my peers. As mentioned in my previous post, I have had After the Storm in the Sacred Threads exhibit which just closed last week.

While After the Storm was on view, I received word that Oasis was accepted into the first show of the SAQA WA Region: The State of WA(ter) which will be on exhibit at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Wa from August 2 – October 29.

Applique of Japanese Gardens, Spokane, WA

I am quite excited about this. The exhibit recognizes the complexity of the state of Washington when it comes to water. To quote from the Call for Entry:

Although nearly 5,000 square miles of our state are covered in water, the landscapes of the western and eastern regions could hardly be more different. Washington is a state shaped by extremes of water: the cool, rainy West contrasts vividly with the dry, more climatically severe East. Dividing the East from the West is the dramatic Cascade mountain range, itself a setting for a plethora of lakes, rivers, and glaciers.

SAQA members residing in Washington were invited to interpret these extremes of waters, either by representing the character of water in the east, west or mountainous region of the state.

I offered the following explanation for my entry:

The dryer climate of the eastern part of Washington State has created a deep respect for the role of water in our community. Why? Years with low seasonal rain/snow mean ideal conditions for summer forest fires. Spokane has historically demonstrated its appreciation of water through its planned use of water in the county. An example is the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden which was created in 1974 in partnership with Spokane’s sister city, Nishinomiya, in Japan. The garden, with waterfall and pond, continues to this day as an oasis of peace in the heart of this eastern population center. I chose to highlight the respect for water and its careful usage in the eastern side of the state through my depiction of the pond in my art quilt, “Oasis”.

I hope that my readers will have the opportunity to see the entire SAQA exhibit at the museum.

And, my good news does not end there! I was also thrilled to learn that my art quilt, Ground Zero Reborn, has been juried into the Global Murmurs exhibit which will be on exhibit in Rochester, NY this fall. I will be writing more details on this exhibit in a later post.

Hope that everyone is having a fulfilling summer too!

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

Exhibiting with a Good Friend

I was honored to receive word a week ago that my art quilt, After the Storm, has been accepted into the 2017 Sacred Threads exhibit.

I have always loved the Sacred Threads exhibit. It is held bi-annually in Herndon, VA. The website for the exhibit describes its purpose as “a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.”  In my journey as an art quilter, I immediately flagged the exhibit as one that I would love to be part of. I have been fortunate to have been previously accepted into the 2013 and 2015 exhibits. My 2015 contribution, JOY!, has been part of the Sacred Threads traveling exhibit.

After the Storm depicts a scene on the Hana coastline of Maui in Hawaii. It had been a day of torrential rains. We had been on a day long tour of the coastline and had pulled over near a viewing point. The remnants of some branches that had blown against some rocks caught my eye. The sun was just beginning to break through the clouds.

I entered After The Storm into the exhibition under the category of grief. For me, the broken branches reaching out and seeming to pierce the skyline represented emotions of angst and pain that I have felt in my life as friends and family have passed on. The sky, beginning to clear, served as a reminder that life goes on.

The 2017 exhibition will be July 7-23 at the Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon. If you are in the area this summer, it is an exhibit definitely worth seeing. In the meantime, I am linking to Nina Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday blog so you can see what other artists have been up to this week.

Joy about JOY

Joy in looking and comprehending
is nature’s most beautiful gift.
Albert Einstein


“JOY” is a work that I entered in the Sacred Threads 2015 show. It was accepted both for the main show in Herndon, VA and for the following traveling exhibit. For the past 18 months, it has been traveling to different venues across the US. About a week ago, I received word that the traveling exhibit would be featured at the Texas Quilt Museum this winter and that “JOY” had been selected as one of the quilts on display. Last night I learned that “JOY” was featured in the Texas Quilt Museum newsletter announcing their exhibits opening in January.

I am delighted that so many people are getting to enjoy my art quilt. The photo behind the quilt was taken on a ski trip to Aspen Colorado where my granddaughter had one of her first experiences of snow. Her enthusiasm is absolutely infectious and I could not resist sharing her true expression of joy through an art quilt.

I am truly honored to have my art quilt as part of the Sacred Threads exhibit. The bi-annual exhibit is a forum for fiber artists to share their works and stories on themes of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood. The exhibit is accompanied by audio recordings of the artists explaining their motivations behind their works. The combination of visual and audio create a powerful experience for the observer.

You can learn more about Sacred Threads at this link. The next main exhibit, Sacred Threads 2017, will be in July in Herndon, VA.

Sacred Threads is Opening!

Sacred_Threads-ExhibitExhibit Dates: July 10 – July 26, 2015

Monday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171

I am truly pleased that my work, JOY!, will be part of the exhibit. If you are anywhere in the area, please try to stop in.

More information on the exhibit and special events surrounding the exhibit can be found here.


“Joy!” by Judy Warner

Joy About Joy!

In 2014 I made a trip to Aspen, Colorado with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. It was my granddaughter’s first trip to real snow and 2014 was a banner year for snow in Colorado. While her parents skied, I got to play with granddaughter. One of the photos that I took during that trip became the basis for one of my favorite art quilts, “JOY!”.  After applying some filters for special effects in Photoshop, the image was digitally printed on cotton for me by Red Dog Enterprises. I then used appliqué, hand stitching, and machine quilting to complete my project.


“JOY!” has been creating quite a bit of joy for me recently. It was included in the Spring 2015 issue of the SAQA Journal. A few weeks ago I was notified that “JOY!” had been juried into the upcoming Sacred Threads exhibit in the Washington, DC area in July. Finally, this  week I learned that “JOY!” has also been selected to be part of the Sacred Threads Traveling Exhibit.

Needless to say, I feel as joyful as my granddaughter pictured in the art quilt. I hope that you will have the opportunity to see “JOY!” during its travels over the next two years.