Quality of Life

Sweet Little Moment of Happiness

Today I had a “sweet little moment of happiness”.

That instant blissful feeling that brings a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

I stopped at my local library to pick up some items I had on hold and decided to wander the craft book section in the their non fiction book collection. While scanning the shelves I found the book that 5 of my quilts are in – Sandra Sider’s 1000 Quilt Inspirations sitting on the shelf. 

I love my town library. I have loved libraries since I was a child (where I would spend most of my summers from ages to 9 – 12 in the library reading constantly). To be in a book that is in a library gave me this feeling of immortality that I cannot describe.

I am fortunate to know several incredible quilters who have nationally published books and I know this is not a book that I wrote myself, but still, can’t describe it, but it feels awesome.

(Or maybe I am just really weird…that is a more plausible explanation!)

At the local library!
At the local library!
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Look Look I am in a Book (Part II)

In my posts Look Look I am in a Book  and Oh Wow! I shared my excitement of having several of my quilts selected to be in a book about quilting inspiration called 1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts by Sandra Sider. Well the other day my copy of the book arrived in the mail and I was…overwhelmed. Quilt images from 300 artists from 20 countries were selected for this book – and I am one of them!

I am a wanna-be art quilter and I dream someday of “quitting my day job” or at least moving to a part-time version of my health care industry day job and focusing most my energies on tierneycreates and creating. Being in this book feels like a step towards that dream. One of important things I did to advance on this path is to join SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). Through SAQA I found about the call for entries for this book as well as call for entries for other shows I have entered (and been accepted to). I was also very inspired by an article in the SAQA Journal by Carol Ann Waugh on “Becoming a Professional Artist”. I wrote Ms. Waugh to thank her for this incredible article which outlines the steps to become a professional art quilter!

After the initial “intense floating” around the house (and around town on my errands) over seeing sections from five of my quilts in this book in person, I settled back to earth and thought about: “why am I really excited to be in this book?”

I am fortunate to know and interact with several real professional art quilters who have authored their own art quilting and/or traditional quilting books, been in endless shows as well as featured in many books. I greatly admire them and their art, however I realized that is not my goal and not why I was primarily excited about being in this book.

What is most exciting about being in this book is that something that I created might inspire someone else to create. A quilter in Des Moines, Iowa who is looking for color or design inspiration might be leafing through the book and come across my pieces in the book and go – “Aha – that is it!”. What an honor to provide inspiration to someone you never met and will likely never met. I am fortunate to have been inspired by so many talented people I have never met. It is all about sharing our inspiration and hopefully inspiring someone else to take chances, risks and be bold & fearless in their quilt creations!

Below are photos of the quilts that are in the 1000 Quilt Inspirations book. Much thanks to Betty Anne Guadalupe of Guadalupe Designs for her wonderful professional long arm quilting on four of the five quilts that got accepted!


Oh Wow!

I had to title this post “Oh Wow!” as I am feeling oh wow right now. In my post Look Look I am in a Book! I share my excitement that several of my collaboration silk quilt pieces were selected to be in Sandra Sider’s 1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilt.

Well…I just got a huge surprise:

I friend of mine told me today –  “Tierney I pre-ordered the book you are going to be in on Amazon”. So I went to Amazon (amazon.com) and located the book 1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts. I noticed that the book now has a “Look Inside” preview on Amazon. When I clicked on the “Look Inside” to see the book preview, I discovered, on page 12 of the book at the beginning of on Chapter 1 Traditional Designs 0001-0206, four (4) photos from my batik quilt Filmstrip. These images are #0001, 0002, 0003 and 0004 – I start out the 1000 of the 1000 quilt inspirations!

I did not even realize they had selected those photos, I thought only details from the two silk art quilts I did with Betty Anne Guadalupe (part of our The Wardrobe Meets the Wall Collection) were going to be in the book. I checked the back index (which the shows in the “Look Inside” preview) and I appear to have a total of 8 images from my quilts in the book.

The book does not come out till March 2015 so I have to be patient to see the rest but I am pretty excited to be in an Amazon “Look Inside” preview. I am so honored to have been selected to be in this book!

1000 Quilt Inspirations


Look Look I am in a Book!

Check out Sassy’s latest post in her blog Schnauzer Snips!

I received some wonderful news the other day – two of my quilts (sections from “Flying Triangles” and “Color Change”) are going to be in a new art/quilting book: 1000 Quilting Inspirations by Sandra  Sider. It will be published by Quarry Books and is due for publication mid Dec 2014 or early January 2015. The book is already listed on the Quarry Books website and you can view it from this link 1000 Quilt Inspirations.

As a member of the Central Oregon branch of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) I was fortunate enough to be notified that this publication was looking for submissions.  I went “submission crazy” and submitted 12 pieces. I am so excited that several of my art quilts Flying Triangles and Color Change are going to be in a national publication.   The pieces were personally selected by the book author/editor who holds quite the impressive resume.

I received an e-mail from the publisher notifying me and requesting better photos of the quilts! When I completed my original submissions, they did not want full size quilt photos, they just wanted either small quilts up to 14″x14″ or small sections of quilts for the book. So instead of being able to use the lovely professional photos I have of these quilts, the World’s-Worse-Photographer (me) took photos of sections.  Of course they needed me to redo my photos. This time I retook them without my eyes closed! Ha!

I cannot wait until I can have a copy of the book and see my name, quilt and Betty Anne’s name as long arm quilter listed! (Oh and yes I need to start working on some new silk quilts, I have been “milking” the four I made for way too long now!)