Greetings! I made a major decision this past weekend – I am fully retiring from the practice of medicine and not returning to the University Health Service this fall for the 20 hours per week I had planned to work. I received word last Friday that I was being assigned to work with a different team in a different location of the building. I won’t go into details, but this would have involved adjusting to quite a few changes for me, not least of which would be leaving the office I’ve had for the past 21 years and not working closely with the nurse with whom I have established a wonderful rapport.
I have been having a wonderful summer with an extended period of time away from medicine for the first time in a very long time and the news of the changes at work were the nudge I needed to seriously think about whether I wanted to return to practice this fall. It didn’t take me long to make this decision and I am certain it is the right one for me. I feel liberated! There is a lot of stress in the practice of medicine (not to mention the additional stresses I had as Medical Director for 21 years) and I feel that 45 years of it – 4 years of med school plus 41 years of nonstop practice since then – are enough! I want to be the master of my own time for the years I have left and am looking forward to exploring my options for the “next chapter” of my life. I’m sure it will include lots of quilting!!!!
Today I’ll share with you pictures of the major winners from the AQS show in Syracuse. First is Best of Show by Janet Stone. Her quilts are original designs – mostly based on an alphabet theme – and the details of her work are exquisite. Her machine applique, machine quilting and use of embellishments are nearly perfect:
(Please enlarge pictures to appreciate the details!!)
Another quilt by Janet won an honorable mention award and I like it perhaps more than the BOS:
The best wall quilt award went to an amazing 3 dimensional quilt. Hope you can see the changing pictures from the angle at which you view it. My pictures don’t convey this as well as when you see it live:
Best use of color award:
Best home machine workmanship:
Best longarm workmanship:
The above quilt was amazing, especially from a distance. I’m not quite sure what techniques were used to make it, but it is raw edge, possibly fused? Here are a couple of closeups:
I’m not as keen on raw edges, preferring smooth, turned edges on most pieces. However, if you keep your distance, it looks beautiful and the work that went into it must have been incredible.
Next post I should be able to share a finished second doll quilt! I’ve also been working on those 2 baby quilts, the first of which is needed by October. Also, I have SO MANY more quilts from the Syracuse show and Maine show to share!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi