This summer, I got a little nudge from a friend to submit my quilts in response to a Call for Artists. Well, the one doing the calling was the world famous Philbrook Museum. Ever hear of it? I immediately thanked the friend and shrugged it off. Philbrook?! It's a Tulsa treasure, a place I grew up visiting more often than I can count, and houses some of the most spectacular creative works I've ever seen. There was no way my work could fit within those walls.
We agreed on some numbers and I was given a deadline. I worked on potholders nonstop and it became one of my favorite projects to date. I didn't let myself use anything but scraps for the fronts and I didn't let myself over think designs; I just made. It was a WONDERFUL exercise in creative growth. Just make, don't think. After a while, I had 28 completed and more waiting on the design wall. But I still didn't know if they'd end up with Philbrook or not. The deal wasn't done.
Just last week, we had our follow up meeting. My nerves were ten-fold what they were before but I was also SO proud of what I had done. They also loved them (!!!) and while they only asked for 25 for the first batch, they took everything I had brought. I was expecting them to put them out at their Philbrook Festival so I was SHOCKED to hear that they were already out and were already selling!
here. If you are local, you can go shop for them here!