Greetings! Like most folks, I often use the beginning of a new year to think about my life, what’s important to me, and how I want to best use my time and talents. I am reminded now of a comment by Catherine Bateson, the daughter of the famous archeologist, Margaret Mead, which I spoke about earlier this year. She said her mother’s idea of the “ideal heaven” would be a place of endless creativity. I want my retirement to be full of creativity. For me, that means lots of quilt making (original designs mostly!), writing poetry, and playing music. I’d even like to challenge myself to compose a tune or two – I used to compose pieces on the guitar and piano, when I played them, but have not done so on the accordion. And perhaps I’ll get back to my drawing course.
I’m also reminded of the 4 “guiding principles” I’ve been following the past several years: enjoy, create, serve, and preserve. During my career as a physician, the “service” aspect was front and center and it now seems OK to focus more on the “enjoy” and “create.” Nevertheless, I’ll continue to volunteer regularly at the thrift shop. I think our democracy is in some danger and in order to “preserve” it, I am trying to figure out how best to get involved – perhaps through helping out some way in the November elections. I am getting more involved in my quilt guild – I volunteered to be in charge of workshops for this coming year. I never have a problem with the “enjoy’ part!!! Al and I are already planning a couple of trips. We are looking forward to the evolving relationships we are developing with our grandchildren as they get older. I enjoy reading. We have terrific friends with whom we will continue to share activities, good conversation, music, etc. We hope for continued good health. The new year will be an adventure!
I finally had an empty design wall on which to pin the hexagon stars I have been working on intermittently over the past 4 months! I’ve just been making “random” stars, without a plan for the quilt, though I have been trying to get an even mix of colors. (click on pics for enlargements)
Now that I see these on the design wall, I think an overall hexagonal arrangement of the stars would make a good medallion center of a larger quilt. Of course, I am dreaming of some sort of appliqué border. I think I need to add another row of 5 stars on both the top and bottom to enlarge this a little – I think it needs more height. Once I make 10 more stars and see now that looks, I will start to add the background pieces and sew all of this together. I’m praying the pieces fit well together.
If you’ve been reading my blog for over a year, you may remember this top I finished in 2016. I am finally going to have it basted and start to hand quilt it:
I finished the second donation baby quilt top:
Replacing the block in my daughter’s quilt (see last post) was easy, but I made an unexpected discovery when I did this – she HAND PIECED this quilt! I had not remembered that at all and this fact makes it more special:
It’s now ready to send out for quilting!
I have several quilts to share with you from the Houston festival. Here are a few from the SAQA exhibit of art quilts:
Love the intricate piecing on this one:
Love the use of color in this one, how the colors interact:
Love the use of hand quilting/stitching in this one:
Judith Martin’s blog is one of my favorites. I love her commentary on art, time, and stitching.
I forget what exhibit this next quilt was in, but I was drawn to it because it is all made of silk and the colors are so vibrant!:
And speaking of “vibrant color” one of the wonderful special exhibits at Houston this year was an exhibit of works by Danny Amazonas from Taiwan. His use of fabrics to create his art is astounding! He uses tiny bits of fabric to create his images, but there is no actual “quilting” on his work. The current issue of “American Quilter” has an article on him and his process.
Still much more from Houston to come!!!!!
Tomorrow I take my quilts to the New England Quilt Museum to be hung for the show!!! It opens on the 10th and the opening reception is on the 20th at 11 AM. Come if you can make it! If you can’t come to the opening reception, make sure you get to the museum to see the exhibit before April 29th. Besides my exhibit, there’s also going to be a fantastic exhibit of prize winning Japanese quilts starting January 10th . The NEQM in Lowell, MA is a wonderful resource and source of inspiration for quilters and everyone should take advantage of all they offer! Go to their web site for details on directions, hours, upcoming exhibits, etc.
Be kind, be grateful,and cherish each day, Gladi