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Note from the Editor
Who are the powerful women in your life? Are they the same women today that they were in years past or in your childhood? Are they women who taught you something important or inspired you in some significant way? Or are they women who quietly set an example for you? Are they leaders or teachers or family members or friends?
If you could honor one of those women whose presence in your life changed you for the better and helped you grow, who would it be?
That’s the question that quilt artists Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison want you to answer—in quilted form—for the “Power of Women” exhibit debuting at this year’s Quilt Festival in Houston.
This unique, multi-layered installation will feature three separate components, each telling a part of a larger story…the “Power of Women.” Artists are invited to create a piece for the exhibit that expresses their love and appreciation of their mother, sister, influential aunt, friend, or any other women they greatly admire. You can learn more about each layer and the requirements for submitting a work HERE.
As someone who is—and has always been—fortunate enough to be surrounded by a strong circle of amazing women, the idea behind this exhibit is particularly appealing to me. It got me thinking…if I were to honor just one woman in my life, who would that be? And I have to admit, that’s a difficult one. The “problem” would be focusing on just one woman who I admire. And what an incredible problem to have!
There are the remarkable teachers I had growing up, including my beloved piano instructor—also my elementary music teacher—who constantly pushed me in the best way possible. When I was too shy to perform a song in the school talent show, she made me anyway. When I was too timid to try out for the school play, she “forced” me to audition and gave me the lead. When I didn’t practice my piano as much as I should have, she let me know about it.
And a few years ago, when she passed away after a long battle with cancer, I wasn’t at all surprised to see the crowds of people spilling outside of the church where her funeral was held. Clearly, I wasn’t the only person whose life she impacted in a very meaningful way.
There were also Girl Scout leaders (during my short-lived time as a Brownie), the many generous female members of the church in which I grew up, inspiring college professors, and the countless number of women from whom I’ve learned and by whom I’ve been inspired over the course of my nearly 12 years in the quilt industry.
Still, more than any others in my life, there are the women in my family: my mother, my aunt, and my two grandmothers, all of whom have loved and supported me, taught me, and whose imprint upon my life and my person is so great, there is a small piece of each of them in virtually everything I do. So much of who I am, I am because of who they are. As my family. As women. As the kind of people that I aspire to be on a daily basis.
Their stories are theirs to tell—not mine—so there’s only so much I'm willing to say on the matter. But what I can say is that each of them, in their own way, epitomizes grace and strength. I’ve seen this time after time, and even as a thirty-something-year-old woman, I still find myself in awe.
And in thinking about all of this and putting it to paper, I’ve realized that I need to tell each of them these things as well.
I would encourage you to do the same with the important women in your life. And after you’ve called them, decide who you would like to honor (even if it’s difficult to narrow down), check out the “Power of Women” call, and get to work on that quilt!
Happy quilting…and reading!