Greetings! I still haven’t finished sharing pictures of the Vermont Quilt Festival. Here is Part 5 and there will be one last part 6 soon. AND – I went to the Maine Quilt Festival last weekend so will begin showing quilts from that show soon!
Here’s a quilt at the Vermont show that I saw at the Maine show in 2016 – so good it warrants another showing! The colors and quilting are exquisite! (Click on pics to enlarge):
The embroidery on this next one was wonderful! It won the award for best quilt depicting the special theme of “seasons” for this this year’s show:
The next quilt had excellent and interesting embellishments and won the award for this!!! Amazing!
I liked the graphic nature of the stars, the use of retro 19th century prints, and the setting in the next one. It was beautifully pieced:
Really enjoyed the basket design in this one and the appliqué was lovely:
Lovely applique in this one:
I can hardly believe that it’s been a year since I fully retired! It was a year ago this past weekend that I made the decision and a year ago 8/4 that I handed in my resignation letter. It has gone so fast! I love the freedom of not having such a rigid, set schedule every day and the wonderful flexibility that allows me to mostly do what I want to when I want to do it. Such a change from my working life!!! I can tell I made the right decision because, after having devoted 45 years of my life to being a doctor and practicing medicine, I don’t miss it at all! I am totally embracing the opportunity to be creative in ways other than scientific and administrative. Quilt making allows me to explore color, pattern, design, and technique. I play music (my accordion!) regularly, hoping to gradually improve, and I love playing music with my group of musical friends. I am writing haikus – haven’t missed a day in over 2 months now!! – and am starting to explore/read poetry other than haikus and may try my hand at writing other types of poetry. Before I decided to become a doctor, I had wanted to be a writer so I can now explore this side of me. I try hard to exercise regularly. I am never bored!!!! I feel privileged to be able to afford to live like this, but I did work very very hard for a very long time so feel deserving as well!
I haven’t got a lot of sewing done since my last post because we’ve spent time with the grandkids:
And Al and I just spent a couple days on Cape Cod, visiting some of our favorite places. The weather was perfect!! We visited the Audubon Bird Sanctuary in Wellfleet:
and the Monomoy protected shore area in Chatham:
I absolutely love the blue hydrangeas on the Cape; they are everywhere!!!
We visited some of our favorite art galleries and had dinner at our favorite restaurant, Pisces, in South Harwich. We spent a little time on the beach, too. A perfect short getaway!!!
I’m working on another block for the pastel quilt:
and hand quilting the second doll quilt:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi