Greetings! I recently read this on the art quilter Judy Martin’s blog and it really, really struck a chord with me and I just have to share it with you: “Sometimes I don’t want to understand, I just want to gaze at something delightful that excites my eyes. Doing this rests my heart for some reason. Makes me feel as if I’m on a holiday.” I just love this!!!!! My quilts generally don’t have “messages”; I’m not necessarily trying to “say something.” I would be totally happy to make something that “delights your eyes” and/or “rests your heart” and/or makes you feel like you’re on a holiday! This is how I often feel when I go to quilt shows and is why doing that is one of my favorite things. I often feel I’m on holiday looking at all the wonderful quilts! So, without further ado, here are more of my quilt pictures from the Vermont Quilt Festival (click on pics to enlarge and see details):
Here is a lovely rendition of a Lori Smith appliqué pattern. I particularly like the gold background – it really makes the quilt glow. And, of course, I love the appliqué vine border with the sawtooth edging!
I’m always interested in log cabin variations! This one is especially nice and I do like the colors:
Another great star quilt – sorry I didn’t get a closeup. I like the soft colors, esp. the pink:
I volunteered to do a demonstration on EPP at our guild’s annual quilt show this October so am paying attention to any quilts I see using this piecing method. This is a colorful one!
I loved the excellent workmanship and the soft colors on this next one. Look at the edging!:
I always enjoy a well done Tree of Life design and this one was lovely! (Sorry, I don ‘t remember what the special award was for):
Many of the quilt shows I attend have at least one quilt made of ties. Here’s one from this show – beautifully done!
Still more to share in the next few posts!
I completed 6 of the 9 appliquéd Oak Leaf and Reel blocks for “Time of Plenty” (this picture makes things look a bit more “golden” than they really are):
and I’m now taking a break to “doctor” my blocks. I have nearly all of the red square centers appliquéd onto the pieced blocks:
and I have started to add embroidery to the appliquéd blocks. In the first picture you might be able to see the difference the embroidery makes as only half the block was done. I like the added detail!:
It will take me a while to do the embroidery on all the blocks. Speaking of “doctoring,” I let my medical license lapse on June 30th after 43 years!!! Of course, I will always be a doctor -it’s part of my identity – but I don’t now have a license to practice. The only thing I can “doctor” (embellish!) now is my quilts!
I have 1 1/2 borders on Summer Breeze quilted:
I took “Time of Plenty” off my design wall and put up the hexagon star project to assess where I am with it and whether I’m still happy with the design. Each star has some of the background pieced to it, but all stars are individually pinned to my design wall. I haven’t pieced any sections together. I was going to have a large hexagon shaped medallion full of the stars as the center. I wasn’t totally sure that’s what I wanted and now have decided it is not! Instead of the sloping sides for the hexagons, I want full rows of the stars:
Instead of the “slope”
I want the rows “full”:
This means I need at least 24 more stars and I think I will want there to be more rows overall so that means I need to make a whole lot more stars! This long – term project is going to be even longer term!!
My latest book recommendation: I really like the way Elizabeth Strout writes. Her “Olive Kitteredge” was a favorite. A year or two ago my book group read “My Name is Lucy Barton” which was excellent. I just read “Anything Is Possible” which is a series of stories about the same people that were in the Lucy Barton book.
Her writing is simple, but very powerful. She really makes one stop and think about life. I highly recommend anything by this author!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi