Greetings! Seems like I have been focused very much on finishing things the past few weeks. I’m sure the upcoming Cocheco Quilt Guild show is a major reason, but I am a “finisher” anyway. When I started making my first quilt 23 years ago, I thought I needed to hand piece it in order for it to be “authentic.” I did not enjoy the process and put it away after 5 months, thinking I would never be a quilter. Luckily a work colleague showed me how to machine piece my blocks and once the top was together I could proceed with teaching myself hand quilting which I enjoyed a lot. The feeling of exhilaration I had when I finished that first quilt 2 months after starting to hand quilt it was amazing and is what really propelled my quilting avocation. To this day, I thoroughly enjoy the satisfied feeling I have when finishing projects. Over the past few weeks I’ve finished “Joyful Noise,” my “Trio of Doll Quilts,” and now the first of 2 baby quilts is 99% done – only 1/4th of the binding left to do! (click to enlarge pictures)
I pin basted the layers together:
Then machine quilted in the ditch with variegated thread around all of the blocks and triangles:
My machine quilting is mediocre at best but it’s the best I can do and I figure it is a baby quilt that should be used and is not an heirloom quilt! I did hand quilt around the circles and blocks in the borders to add a more personal touch:
Here’s the back:
Now all that’s left after finishing that binding is a small label. In fact, I need to set aside a day in the near future to make labels for 6 quilts!
I finished the next block for “Sweet Journeys” the start of which I showed in the last post. Here is a close up and how it looks with the rest of the blocks:
I’ve picked out the next block I’m going to do – a simple basket of flowers from Ellie’s first book – will show a picture next time!
I’m still showing pictures from the shows I attended this summer! At the AQS show in Syracuse there was a special exhibit of small quilts that were made to showcase the styles of various famous artists. For each of the famous artists a quilt was made by a quilter from the USA, a quilter from France, and a quilter from Japan. Following are pictures of many of the quilts. For a few I didn’t get the famous artist’s name in the picture but I think they will be obvious. I got most of the quilt makers’ comments either with the quilt or separately. Enjoy!! (Click to enlarge for details!)
Thoughts on retirement so far: I’m so loving not having to follow a rigid schedule every day!! I’m enjoying my life and activities – quilting, reading, music, exercise – a lot! I’m totally happy with my decision. I’m glad to give up the pressure of having to be on my toes and vigilant and thinking medical thoughts all day long. The main downsides I see are that the extent of one’s “relevance” diminishes (i.e. still mattering to family and friends but not to work colleagues and patients) and the aging body cannot be denied (though this latter is not dependent upon retirement). Luckily I have no major medical issues, but I do have some dental problems I’m dealing with. Retirement is allowing me to enjoy walks during the week in the beautiful part of New Hampshire in which I live. Al and I took advantage of a gorgeous day recently to walk along the ocean:
Looking forward to the fall season! Happy autumn to all!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi