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"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
Marian Wright Edelman
Do you ever wonder how your life has been effected by ancestors you don't even know? They made choices, they had obstacles to overcome. They loved and they hurt as we do. Too often their stories are lost to us unless someone wrote them down.

The little quilt above pictures my fourth great grandmother, coming in from the potato fields. I wonder what her life was like as a farmer?
Most often I create abstract art but every once in a while I'm possessed by a need to work through strong emotions. I'm usually wondering about relationships or my place in the world and in the society I was born into. That's where most of my portrait quilts come from. I need to connect to their lives in some way to help understand my own life.

This quilt was created as I struggled for the first couple of years raising my own children. The quote reminded me that this small thing I was doing alone in the house with these babies was, indeed, important. And I found a four generation photo of my mothers that seemed to speak it straight to my heart.
 
How does your connection to other people effect your art?

"You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me."
- Scott Adams

With these thoughts I'm working on a new workshop for Sacred Threads, using vintage textiles and finding ways to honor our ancestors. Stitching memories, imagined or real.

Stitches in cloth sometimes feel like stitches connecting our souls to each other.
 
In what small way can you influence the world for good, today?

I invite you to join me at Sacred Threads

It is an honor to be this year's featured guest.

I'll be teaching and speaking at Sacred Threads in Herndon, VA (right outside Washington DC) July 21-25th. It's not only a beautiful exhibit of quilts focusing on healing, spirituality, grief, and joy, but it's a beautiful experience. I'd love to see you there.
 
Scheduled Workshops and Events
Thursday July 21 6hr workshop
Stitching Memories: honoring our ancestors through stitched art.
Friday July 22
2hr lecture and critique session, The Artist's Eye
2hr Creative Collaborative Collage activity
Sunday July 24, Living Lyrically lecture
Monday July 25 6hr workshop
Abstract-A-Licious

Sign up now for a week of intensive focus on your own unique vision and voice!

Overcoming mental hurdles and the design decision-making process are only two of the things we will work on during this week. Let's spend time developing your voice as an artist. This is a nurturing environment where we push each other to truly grow.
 
This week long retreat i something I've looked forward to for two years now. Won't you join me?


 

Sun, August 21 to Sat, August 27, 2022
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
 
Sign Up before space is gone

Calls for Entry



The following calls for entry focus on shows that feature art quilts and textiles. You can find further dates at https://lyrickinard.com/calls-for-entry/.
Listings include entry deadline, Name of show, URL, exhibit/shipping dates

April

Apr 1, 2022
AQS Quilt Week (Grand Rapids, MI)
http://www.quiltweek.com/contest
Jul 8 - Aug 17, 2022

Apr 1, 2022(US and Canada)
Harmony (Alexandria, VA)
SACRED THREADS (sacredthreadsquilts.com)
May 8-Sep, 2022(Ship+show)

Apr 8, 2022 (OZQN members world-wide)
Australia Wide Eight (Warwick, Queensland)
https://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au
July 15-August 27, 2022 Possible travel until August 2024
 
April 14, 2022
A Celebration of Color(Long Beach, CA)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/showrules.php?ID=135
May 16, 2022-Jan 2023
 
April 15, 2022 (SDA members)
Future Tense
https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/exhibits/
Virtual Exhibit June July 2022
 

April 18, 2022
Minnesota Quilt Show & Virtual Conference
MQ Quilt Show
June 16-18, 2022 Judged IN PERSON, photographed then exhibited online

April 21, 2022
Movies and Musicals: Hooray for Hollywood (International Quilt Festival Long Beach)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/index.php
August 2022 - Jan 2023 unless traveling

April 21, 2022
Quilted Comics and Sci-Fi (International Quilt Festival Long Beach)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/index.php
August 2022 - Jan 2023 unless traveling

April 21, 2022
Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild Showcase
Quilt Festival

May 20-at show or September 30, 2022

April 21, 2022
Utah History & Heritage in Fabric
Quilt Festival

May 20-at show or September 30, 2022

April 21, 2022
Utah Quilt Guild Showcase
Quilt Festival

May 20-at show or September 30, 2022

April 21, 2022
Utah United
Quilt Festival

May 20-at show or September 30, 2022

April 21, 2022
Hands All Around(Houston)
https://www.quilts.com/enter-your-quilt/
June 10, 2022-Jan 2023(unless traveling)

April 25, 2022
Seeing in Color(Texas Quilt Museum LaGrange, TX)
https://www.saqa.com/events/other-calls-entry
August 1, 2022-January 2023

April 28, 2022
Hands All Around(International Quilt Festival Houston)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/index.php
November 2022 - January 2023 unless traveling

April 28, 2022
In Full Bloom(International Quilt Festival Houston)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/index.php
November 2022 - January 23 unless traveling

April 30, 2022 (SAQA AZ, SoCA, SoNV, NM)
Discovering Desert Diversity
https://www.saqa.com/events/saqa-calls-entry
August 5-September 30, 2022

April 30, 2022 (SAQA Memebrs)
Textile Expressionism
https://www.saqa.com/events/saqa-calls-entry
July 1, 2022 Virtual Gallery

April 30, 2022
Quilt Expo en Beaujolais (France)
https://www.biat-quiltexpo.com
June 8-11, 2022

April 30, 2022  (France Patchwork Members)
Batik In All It's Forms (France)
http://www.francepatchwork.com

 

May

May 12, 2022
Art Deco Inspired Quilts (International Quilt Festival Long Beach)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/index.php
August 2022 - Jan 2023 unless traveling

May 12, 2022
Art Nouveau - Craft as Art (International Quilt Festival Long Beach)
https://www.quiltfestivalcallforentries.com/index.php
August 2022 - Jan 2023 unless traveling

 

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