how lucky am I?

January 20, 2008

I was reunited today with three of my little “apprentices”.  Today’s project of choice: bean collage…(one of my favorites as a kid and a great lesson in both color and texture)…

While the girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy today’s project, the highlight of my visit was finally getting to meet Libby DuBois Pettit, a nationally recognized and award-winning quilter from Montana,  affectionately referred to by the girls as “Grandma Libby”.  I have admired her work since I started lessons with the girls several months ago. The following two expertly pieced quilts hang in their living room:

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(photos do these no justice…the surface texture is amazing in person)

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Aside from her beautiful compositions, each quilt tells a story or evokes an underlying theme.  The quilt featured above (with the heart) represents our nation’s soldiers, a common theme for Libby.  Other popular threads in her work include stories of justice, women’s rights, historical events, and landscapes.

It was truly an honor to speak with her about her art…(Libby if you’re reading this…thanks a million for the inspiration, I soooooo needed it)…and I’m more than thrilled to hear she’s hanging around town long enough to possibly teach me a trick or two when it comes to fabric.

Oh and not to brag or anything…but check out the Libby Tote I received for Christmas….

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE her fabric of choice…and will cherish it forever…

(Special note to the Medley’s…I apologize for not having sent a “thank you” note for this gem…I think I inhaled too many paint fumes and lost sight of my Southern manners for bit…)

This topic was brought to light this weekend, and I’m just going to put the idea out there…(especially for all you spring chickens out there, that take for granted the women that fought long and hard for you to be you)…Feminist is not a 4-letter word.  Believing that equal rights for both sexes and the same pay for the same job, does not magically turn a woman into a man-hater.  Believing that the “woman’s place” is in the home…is ridiculous, women can carve a place out of anything they want.  The idea that you will never find a man because you can’t cook a four course meal, is dated.  I can’t cook for the life of me…and I happened to find a man so picky that it wouldn’t matter if I knew how to cook, he probably wouldn’t eat it anyway…

So fellow feminists (not man-haters) out there…answer me this, if a man took it upon himself to question your performance, or knowledge about your trade…(repeatedly) would you not be offended?  I was…I don’t like to be underestimated by anyone…(male or female)  and I would have never questioned his professionalism in his line of work.

Although I didn’t pose the question to Danica this weekend, I’m sure she’s had to “prove herself” in her line of work…her whole life.   I encourage all young girls to find a role model…(not a Paris, Britney, Lindsey…) but maybe one of these to get you started…