Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sara's Quote Quilt - Directions from Yogi Berra

 The Women in Visual and Literary Arts in Houston did a show called "She Said", where each piece was inspired by a woman's quote. I thought "Quote" would be a great one word spring board and I did not expound on it much since I thought a work might be inspired by any number of quotes or sayings or perhaps even typography. This topic proved tricky for me because it seems so boundless. As I said the last time, I need boundaries to quit thinking and actually start working!

It turns out that there are many quotes I love. My favorite was on a calendar for "Women who do to much" that I was given at the lowest point of my life. I remember taking to heart the notion that "She who laughs, lasts" (often attributed to Mary Pettibone Poole but sometimes to others). I also love one from Robert E, Lee "The education of a man is not complete until he dies". I did not get a visual sensation from either of those.

 I remembered learning in an "Improving Work Processes" class (when I worked in a manufacturing facility) that Yogi Berra said "if you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there". I looked it up and discovered to my horror that that is NOT what Yogi said but rather was derived from the Cheshire cat. Yogi actually said "If you don't know where you are going you will end up somewhere" or perhaps "You have to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there". He also gave directions once saying "when you get to the fork in the road, take it". As someone who has always had issues with map directions, I decided to pay tribute to directions from Yogi Berra  with this simple quilt:

Made with bias strips and an x marks the spot done with fusible applique. I constantly do remind myself that "she who laughs lasts"


  1. Sara, this has been one of my all-time favorite themes! Thanks for coming up with it. Your quilt's simplicity is dramatic, and I loved the way you quilted in the words!

  2. Oh Sara... This is perfect ! I am SO directionally challenged and have a hard time getting from here to there anytime "there" is a new destination to me. And this, despite Google, and iPhone maps :-/ I think your Dark Green fabric is intended to be roads, but to me it means " X marks the spot," which is exactly what I need when I'm driving !

    1. Yup - it they are actually black roads forking but I liked the way they echoed the X marking the spot

  3. I too am directionally challenged and love Yogi's very funny quotes. Love the simplicity of this piece and the quilting!!

  4. Love this Sara. We have all had "forks" in our live's when we have had to choose which way we will take.I think the key is to be open to possibilities. You pick a great theme, although I was stumped for awhile, and I love your interpretation! We will miss you in Arkansas!

  5. what a great reminder about 'forks in the road'... I really like your quilt and the unspoken reminder that we always have choices.

  6. What a fun quote. It aptly describes how I deal with directions.
    Although I floundered for quite a while with your rich theme, it was good and I am particularly enjoying the quilts this time.

  7. Love your description of all the quotes. Well done.

  8. This is so charming Sara. And who knew that Yogi was such an intellectual!(Smile)