Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Earth Day and quilt acceptance

Detail, "Spring Meditation" by Sherrie Spangler copyright 2013
I got appropriate news for Earth Day -- my "Spring Meditation" quilt was accepted into Sacred Threads 2013! The quilt celebrates the renewal of spring and how in the dark of winter I meditate on the new growth, warmth and sunshine that comes with spring.

"Spring Meditation" by Sherrie Spangler copyright 2013
I painted all of the fabric except for the face and some of the sheers that were used in the side borders. The face is a photo of my daughter, which I printed onto cotton after I warmed up the colors in Picasa. The last thing she said when I asked her to close her eyes and pretend she was meditating was, "I don't want to be on a quilt!" And I said, "I won't use your face." Oops. Well, I did run it by her while it was in progress.

In other Earth Day happenings, I volunteered yesterday at the Harbor WildWatch booth in Gig Harbor during the Paddlers Cup event. Like our sign says, "Ask Questions. Touch Stuff," and this dog tried really hard to touch the giant sunflower sea star in our kiddie pool.

The sunflower (Pycnopodia helianthoides) is the largest sea star in the world, with a maximum arm span of about a meter. We didn't measure ours, but I'd say it was pretty close to that.

Kids (and adults) love to touch the sea stars -- we tell them to use one finger and to be gentle. The star below is called an ochre star (Pisaster ochraceus), and it can be either ocher in color or purple, orange, pink and all shades in between.

Our divers and naturalists (that's Naturalist Rachel below) collect the creatures from the water near our booth and return them to the same spot after we close up. We make sure to keep them in the shade and to aerate the water or change it periodically. Our main purpose is to educate the public about the rich marine life of our area in the hope that they'll want to protect it.

"Just kidding just hurts!"
So true.
Meanwhile, the Paddlers Cup drew hundreds to watch the kayak, canoe and paddleboard races in the harbor. Here are some paddleboarders lined up and ready to go:

Have a colorful day


Julia DesertSpring said...

I'm glad to let you use my face if it will get you into shows! And I wonder what that schnauzer is thinking... I bet he'd never seen a seastar that big before.

Robbie said...

Congrats!!! It's a great piece!!!

Cathy H said...

Congratulations on getting your quilt looks fantastic....looks like it was a great day at the Harbor Wild watch.....

tiedyejudy said...

Wonderful news about your piece being accepted, Sherrie! And I love the picture with the schnauzer... sounds like it was a very enjoyable day!

Ladybug said...

So glad to hear your quilt was accepted! Julia's face just seems to be the perfect one for this particular work of art.

I've seen a lot of sunflower stars, but never one this big. Must have been the grand-daddy of them all! Our naturalist group has been out on the beaches quite a bit lately & the weather has been perfect - so hope it continues. At one of the beach walks, I met a woman who lives in Poulsbo & her 2 teenagers. She's had the kids involved in a lot of Harbor Wildwatch's programs, and I think she knew you - or at least who you are. I can't remember her name - big help I am, huh?