I’ve had an idea for a new blog project for a little bit now. And it feels like a good time to get it moving. I’d like to introduce you to The Lotus Project – Art Heals.

It’s no secret that I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this year and that I am in remission. (Yay!) I received so much love and support from my family and friends and it showed me just how much little things mean and how much it helps nurture your spirits. And this year cemented the necessity art plays in my life. Not only because of the community I am privileged to be a part of but because of how centered it makes me feel.

The Lotus Project is my way of paying forward all the love that I received. It is for all those who are ill. In the body, the mind, the heart. And their caregivers. Since illness rarely effects only the patient, my hope is that this project will offer relief to anyone who needs a little bit of respite.

So what is the project about? It’s simple. I’m going to do a series of blog posts under The Lotus Project category that are meant to offer distraction and comfort – two things that I valued highly while I was ill. I want to offer that here. I will also add a page to the website collecting all the links so that each one can be found easily.

Topics for the posts will include short project/craft tutorials, inspiration in the form of videos or photos or music, essays, giveaways, and anything else that is warm and fuzzy and wonderful. 🙂 I’m open to guest blog posts so if you would like to write one, just leave a comment on this post and I’ll send you an email to chat.

The reason I named it The Lotus Project is because the lotus represents resilience and strength. It is rooted in mud yet still blooms beautifully. So the project is named after beauty, strength and art. A lovely trio, don’t you think?

To kick off the project, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, is donating a giveaway copy of the upcoming book The Quilting Arts Idea Book. (It releases on November 27, 2018.)


This book collects various articles into one place to make a powerhouse for creativity and inspiration. I’ve been extremely lucky to write many many articles for Quilting Arts over the years and the book captures two of them.



From the introduction written by Vivika: “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I am surrounded by beautiful art made by beautiful people. And leafing through the pages of this book just solidifies that sentiment – I am fortunate, indeed.

I could not agree with her more.

The book also contains articles from Jo Fitsell, Traci Bunkers, Margarita Korioth, Jeanne Aird, Robin Ferrier, Libby Williamson, Lynda Heines, Beryl Taylor, Ana Buzzalino, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Lorie McCown, Laura Wasilowski, Rita Summers, Jane Davila, Jane LaFazio, Jeannie Palmer Moore, Sue Bleiweiss, Melanie Testa, Kristine Lundblad, Kathy Kerstetter, Jenn Mason, Jacqueline deRuyter, Lesley Riley, Natalya Aikens and Valerie Komkov Hill. 

Whew! Lots of good stuff there! 🙂

Simply leave a comment on this post saying what you are grateful for (in the spirit of Thanksgiving being just around the corner) and you’ll be entered in the drawing. I’ll contact/post the winner on Saturday December 1. 

My plan now is to publish a Lotus Project post twice a month but if I get many submission from guest bloggers it will be a more regular feature. Either way, I’m hoping it helps you find a little piece of happy in your day.