Monday, May 28, 2012


I'm away from my desk, teaching a textile workshop for Empty Spools Seminars
 at Asilomar in CA.

Hoping you're having a great Memorial Day Holiday!
Catch you when I get back.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Theodore's Wisdom

Unfolding - quilt detail

Our daughter came home from college for the summer with a quote she wanted to share with us.

"Comparison is the thief of joy"  ~ Theodore Roosevelt

This quote certainly gives one reason to pause and think!
In how many ways has comparison touched our lives, and not in a good way?
All of us have probably compared our looks, intellect, talents, or material possessions 
to those of others, at some time or other.

When thinking about my own life, the competitive quilt shows 
that I've been involved in the last eight years first comes to mind.
Although I have a whole box full of prize ribbons -
along with prize money, they are the signs of success in this game -
I know all too well the joy stealing element that comparison can bring.

For me, true joy lies in the creative process and
 no one can tell me if I've succeeded in my vision for each piece,
as only I know the answer to that.

So, Theodore's wisdom now hangs, magnetized to our fridge,
along side family photos and other stellar quotes...
reminding me to hang on tightly to my joy and 
ward off the grasping hands of comparison.

Wishing you joy in all your creative endeavors.
See you again in a couple weeks.