Thursday, October 2, 2008

Last Five Lessons

6. Work every day. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. Staying within the process you love is essential. Your whole day will be better for it.

7. Get with friends. Sew, stamp, write with your friends. You’ll make deeper friendships and the work will feel like play.

8. The one that makes me cringe makes the quilt or book sing. That bit of orange, or slime green, that outrageous remark by Kym is what makes people take notice and enhances the whole. If your first instinct is to include it, do it.

9. The sum is greater than the whole of its parts. Taken piece by piece, the quilt might not be wonderful. A great book is just a series of ordinary words. Strung together, in your unique way, though, you might have a masterpiece.

10. Red is a neutral. Life is meant to be lived in high def, not black and white. Go for your dream. It could come true. If I can do it, so can you.


Linda O. Johnston said...

Those are excellent lessons, Terri. And I like how you incorporate crafts and writing into real life!

beckylevine said...

My favorite--red is a neutral. I think this goes with your living at high def, but is also a reminder how something that stands out (at first maybe too much) to the creator can blend beautifully into the whole thing to the reader/quilt user. In fact, it may be the thing that ties everything together.

Terri Thayer said...

Nicely said, Becky. Thanks, Linda. It's true. Sometimes I think I learned to write by learning to quilt. Finding out that working on something a little bit everyday could add up to something big!

Terri Thayer said...

P.S. Anyone in the Bay Area is invited to come to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles tonight for their free first Friday event. I'll be signing books from 8-10pm.