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The Bead Quilt-San Diego,California
Thank you Mama Rosa for sending this.
The Bead Quilt Memorial Project....in San Diego, CA.
Well.....we've worked our buns off, making call after call, and email after email, raising lots of money for shipping.....and we managed to secure not only one venue....but TWO different places to exhibit the Bead Quilts, here in San Diego !! The response was AWESOME, too !!
We showed the Bead Quilt over Labor Day Weekend at the 23rd Annual San Diego Quilt Show, at the Convention Center. It was so wonderful to hear people that were NOT already addicted to beads.....get so excited about the Bead Quilts, too !! They were amazed ..."that it is possible to get that much emotion, and that much ART, into such a small area, and with such tiny pieces of glass" !! I even overheard a couple women discussing someday "converting to beads, because it would be possible to carry them along in their purses, as opposed to a sewing machine and fabric" !! The quilt show officials were very impressed with the Bead Quilt, too! After the show was over, we got a very nice email from the President of the San Diego Quilt Show, Inc.....thanking us so very much for showing the Bead Quilt at their show. She said their attendance was wayyyyyy up from last year, and that was partially due to the Bead Quilt exhibit. They even offered to help pay for the expenses of shipping it to it's next destination (which isn't even a quilt show!!), so that more people around the country can share it !! How cool is that?!!
Then this past Wednesday, September 11th.....the anniversary of that awful day in American history......we were able to exhibit the Bead Quilts in Spanish Village, in Balboa Park. Spanish Village is a little artist community right in the middle of Balboa Park, between the San Diego Zoo, and the Natural History Museum. There were lots of things going on in the park that day, which they called "A Day of Remembrance". The Mayor was there, they had observances for the firemen and policemen, and many of the Museums had special exhibits that day, too. Since the Bead Quilts rely strictly on donations, we didn't really have enough money to fly Andrea down to San Diego to be with the Bead Quilt that day......so I started making phone calls to The Shepherdess, and to The Black Bead, a couple of great bead stores in town, and to some of the beaders I know......and between all of us, we managed to get enough together, not only to bring Andrea to town....but enough to bring her 9 yr old daughter Cody to town with her, too !! (Aren't bead people just some of the BEST people around !!!) It was so important to have Andrea here on the anniversary, because afterall....the Bead Quilt was her vision, her idea, in the first place! (Not to mention the thousands and thousands of hours that she has spent coordinating the whole project, and is STILL spending now, to organize more exhibits across the country !! Believe me.....it was a TON of work, physically AND mentally.......and a TON of money, too.....to bring the Bead Quilts to just this one town !! I cannot even fathom the amount of work that Andrea is doing.....to secure locations in LOTS of towns !! ) There was no way that I would've wanted to exhibit the Bead Quilts on September 11th, if Andrea had NOT been able to be here with them !! It was great to have Cody come to San Diego, too.....because not only is she the youngest person to make a square for the Bead Quilts....but it was so good for her to see the reactions of the people that got to see the Bead Quilts.....and to see what an important Memorial Project her mom started. Plus...now I think she understands more why her mom has had to be out of town so much...."because she is helping lots of people feel better". Actually, I KNOW that Cody understands even more now.... because of what she wrote in the Bead Quilt Guest book...... (I hope you don't mind me telling everyone, Andrea....but this is just too good NOT to share with everyone !!)....Cody wrote, "This Quilt was not made by fabric or beads, but by the people's love and hope".
This kind of wisdom....coming from a NINE YEAR OLD.....really renews my faith in America's future !!
We'll be showing the Bead Quilts one more time, here in San Diego!! The wonderful people in Spanish Village have invited us back this Sunday, September 15th. We'll be set up there from 10:30am - 4:00pm, outside in the patio, amongst the trees and flowers and birds in beautiful Balboa Park. Please bring your kids to see this heartfelt memorial, too !! Beads are so tactile.....that we might even let the kids TOUCH the squares, too......one finger at a time, of course !! (grin !!) You never know.....that one touch might infect another young person with *BEAD-ITUS*....and the world will then be blessed with yet another gifted artist !!
If you haven't gotten a chance to see the Bead Quilts in person.....You MUST DO SO !! If you want them to come to a town near where you live....then I'd suggest y'all start making phone calls, emailing people, raising money, getting your local bead society members to help, etc, etc, etc......because your hard work will all pay off....the very first time a stranger sees the Bead Quilts....starts to cry.....and then gives you a thankful hug from their heart !!
xoxo, Rosa (So. California Coordinator for the Bead Quilt Memorial Project)
Note from Shala,
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