by Mary Boalt
It is a privilege and an honor to work alongside Christine, Sandra and Heidi. They are incredibly talented women with many outstanding accomplishments to their resumes. These are women I would normally consider intimidating. Yet they are among the nicest, most kind and helpful women I’ve met. They’ve written articles for popular textile magazines, owned a fabric store, have lines of patterns and books and can boast over award winning quilts. Me? Not so much. I got nuthin’.
Sandra mentioned recently that one of her beautiful quilts, Zahra, will be touring. Isn’t she striking? What beautiful, intricate details. And to think of the days of painstaking work that went into creating just those eyes!
That’s when I remembered that I do, indeed, have an accomplishment. It, too, toured for about a year along with many others. It measures 8 1/2 X 11. INCHES! Tiny. Minuscule. Hardly worth mentioning. And since I know nothing about quilting, I was shocked when it was accepted. Actually, I shocked myself by participating. The challenge of a self portrait got me out of bed and working on it at 2:00 a.m. Not because I knew what I was doing, but because I had a story to tell.
Unlike the beauty and soulfulness seen in Zahra’s eyes, mine just has the look of a crazed lunatic in need of a straight jacket. Side by side, you can begin to understand why I feel I am not worthy to be among these women! Oy! The woefully lacking skill level! But I had fun making it. And it’s 3D. Are there extra points for that? The story below explains the fish Afro.
But wait! There’s more to the story. Sometime after shipping this off to Quilting Arts, a raccoon came to visit my outdoor water garden/fish pond. All that remained the next morning were a lot of fish scales drying on the deck and some crunched up blue shells. And the pump, aimlessly spewing water. To this day I remain angry with the raccoon but grateful to the fish for their inspiration and an opportunity to be published.