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Some mighty fine shoes

Ah!  Live your brightest life.

Right now my piece Y Knot is in the wash—I like to wash my quilts before binding them so that I get the nice puffy bloom of the wash.  PS—I also used two layers of wool batting so I'm confident that something good is happening.  So while that's doing it's thing, I have a few minutes to write you a little story. Maybe I will tell my story as a conversation with a saint, an everyday hero, and a kind, kind person who I hope is smiling from heaven and aware of the power of the needle to mend and be a positive force in the world.  

Dear YtoA,

Yvonne Porcella—dear sweet artist, woman, mother, nurse, finisher of projects.  A few weeks ago I met a second person who finished all her projects. I had to give her a prize and someday will write that story.  I have so many stories. I know I won't be able to complete them all.  But I smile at the thought of your yellow shoes, and the story you told me. I'm most inspired by your humanity, your reality, your spirit that connected fiber, art, and people. Maybe I have it written somewhere, maybe I even have a voice recording somewhere, but for now I have a few minutes and my computer. In 2014, at the SAQA conference, you had no reason to talk to me.  I was just an associate that you had never met. Although I sewed my entire life I wasn't really in the quilt world at large. I was in a local guild, and I was a local rep for my SAQA region. Maybe I'm glad that my busy life didn't allow me time to be aware of who everyone was and the influence they had made in the quilting/sewing world. YP? Why Not? That was your line from your lecture at Quilt Festival in Houston in 2014.  You wore pants with question marks painted all over them.  You were you and you were awesome.  I hope that being genuine, kind and real takes off like wild fire, like a spark of love, burning hearts, sacred and true. You rocked the quilt world.  I liked you because you were real.  You kindly accepted my geeky acronyms and how I had fun with numbers. First time I saw you, I commented on your shoes that were audacious, practical, and fun.  Soon you were sharing your story of how wearing unique shoes made for great conversations that occurred in places that you might see someones shoes to your right or left, as you were... well, let's say you were "resting" or "un-hydrating" to quote Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS.   YP? Why NOT? we all do.  Those where your words, and they make me smile.  As a nurse, you understood the importance of a functioning body.  As an everyday hero you connected with people in such a real manner when you joked about pee.  Your photos in the hospital while you were getting your "reds" were always a treat for me.  Seeing the world through your eyes and seeing how even in a hospital you were creating art.  The photos you took were most certainly art. I loved seeing the photo of you and your son.  He and I have Facebook chatted and someday will meet in real life. I tip my hat and kick up my shoes in your honor.  And when I saw that a friend was making a "shoe" quilt for your show, I thought, Why Not!  I'd love to machine quilt it.  Collaborating with other artists is part of living my brightest life. Last year, I felt a need—the desire—to have a community; and with the digital world, we are not limited, so I started sewFUNfriends.  It's a Facebook group—open and inclusive, free and friendly.  I was honored to invite people who I was already  friends with on Facebook.  So of course, I sent an invite to you as well. I was stepping out of my comfort zone. I didn't know that as an admin inviting someone to a Facebook group was basically adding them.  In our world, we are so connected, but we are also alone.  I think when invited to something, we are on alert and wondering what people are trying to get from us—our money, our time, our influence, our endorsement, our spirit?    In fact I'm going to post the conversation we had on Facebook. I didn't want to post this before, because I thought some people might view it as my using your influence, I don't know why I didn't trust my gut more and be myself without worrying how it would be viewed. I hope to honor you and those who have come before me in this simple yet audacious task of sewing and being human.  I even think that mending and sewing has a power to connect the world in a way that is needed.  Oh I know, I'm one of the big dreamers.  At the SAQA conference this year, I even asked the student panel a question.  What can we as Studio Art Quilt Associates do to help you as emerging artists? Well, I have my dreams, and I'm making my seams—putting together something that although simple, might be a good first step that I am taking as myself and that maybe other Associates will take as well. Thanks for listening! Your friend, AtoZ
Hello friend (since we are Facebook friends), My intent is to add joy, to treat all people with respect, and to be a positive force in the quilting / sewing world. I’ve been blabbing (I mean blogging) since 2011, sewing since childhood, designing patterns since 2009. I work full-time in engineering. I just got a second dog three weeks ago.  Life is great but busy. In order to let you see what this group is, you should have access to view all that has been posted. Sometimes it helps to see what something is before deciding if you like it. The group is a closed group, so the posts are only seen by members.
Where did this come from? Well my Mission Permission Slip social experiment and associated stories around it led to this new Facebook group that is about sewing, light and fun, and we are friends (or at least friendly). My intent is to have a group that is not limited only to quilting because there is so much relevance with other types of sewing. I’ve also experienced firsthand the positive influence a community of stitcher / quilters can have. I invited you to sewFUNfriends. As a moderator, my “invites” show up as “adds”. Please feel welcome to join, unfollow (you won’t see posts), or leave.  If you choose to go now, you are welcome to come back later. Life is very busy, so we can’t be in every group, but do check us out and see if this might be fun for you.
Yvonne Porcella
Thanks let me think about it. It is a very busy time of the year for me. Getting ready for a museum exhibit in January.
Thanks for your gracious response. Quilts in museums is fantastic news. Much to give thanks for in our joyful/sewful lives.
 
Yvonne, you were the only one who responded with a request to think about it, my plan is to remove persons if they don't want to join within a couple weeks—this is the message I'm putting out there. Please do what works for you. I want members to be there by choice, so members who have not joined sewFUNfriends group after two weeks, will be respectfully removing. If you decide to join later, just go to the group and request to be included. Thanks! AtoZ http://funfromatoz.com/2015/12/02/something-new-something-fun-sewfunfriends/
 
 
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