May 2, 2023: VQF Cancelled; Prep Work; Decisions!; Book recommendation; More Buds

Greetings dear readers! I received the sad message via email Sunday evening that the Vermont Quilt Festival is canceled 😥. This was only 2 weeks after hearing that my quilts had been accepted for exhibit. The stated reason is financial. Although they didn’t go into details, they mentioned that the cost of everything has gone up and I think they must have realized that their projected attendance wasn’t going to cover their costs. This has always been a show heavily dependent on volunteers and I suspect they’re harder to come by these days. Vendors are less likely to travel unless they are sure they’re going to make money. I wouldn’t be surprised if the VQF is done for good 😥 and I think regional shows not run by major organizations like AQS, IQF, and Mancuso may struggle and/or close. Local guild shows still have the potential to thrive as long as they are enthusiastically run by guild volunteers. The VQF has been very good to me over the years, allowing me to share my work with a larger audience and honoring me with many awards, including one cherished Best of Show. I haven’t entered a national level show since 2017 and will need to think about whether I want to go back to that…. Meanwhile, Golden Glow and The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, which were going to be in the show will stay put on the display rack in my living room 😊:

Without my machine this past week, I focused on hand and prep work. I cut all the pieces for the next 8 baskets and appliqued all the basket handles:

These are all ready to go now when I get the machine back – hopefully later today.

I made 3 hexagon stars:

And the 4th – and LAST ONE! – is ready to be stitched together:

Several more inches of the Sweet Journeys border is quilted:

I cut out all the pieces I need for the corners of the donation quilt, as well as the strips for the narrow brown border:

BEHIND THE SCENES (i.e. not my quilting life😊): Decisions!! Life is full of them, every day, big and small, inconsequential to life changing. Although I prefer to focus more attention on finding satisfaction and joy and appreciation in the daily life I actually have, it can be interesting to consider the infinite ways things would have been different if certain decisions had been different. E.g. the college I chose to attend had a profound effect on every aspect of the rest of my life, including my career and meeting my husband. College choice has been on my mind because our grandson just chose the Honors College at the University of Vermont to study environmental science and engineering next year. We’re proud of him!

Al and I recently made a major decision – it was not an easy one! – to get on a waiting list for a local CCRC – “Continuing Care Retirement Community”. There is a 3-5 year waiting period and we hope we’ll be healthy enough to wait for more than 5 years, till we’re in our 80’s, before we feel the need to move. The independent living section has lots of wonderful amenities and several people I know who have moved there (including 2 quilting buddies!) love it. And they have assisted living and nursing care if needed down the road. It’s sobering to think about what one’s options are once physical decline makes home maintenance and other activities harder and harder, but it’s not good to just ignore the topic! We don’t have long term care insurance and feel that we won’t be able to rely on family for much help, so this seems like a good option for us.
We have another big decision facing us as well. Two days before our Costa Rica vacation, I was rear-ended by a pickup truck on the way home from shopping. His fault, no injuries. However, because my car was 11 years old and had 121,000 miles on it, the estimated cost of repairs exceeded what the insurance company deemed “do-able” and the car was declared “totaled.” The damage didn’t look that bad and the car was still driveable, but we were unable to convince the insurance company it could be fixed.😥. So, now we’re looking for a car. I’d love to get a hybrid, but they are currently hard to find, so we’ll see…..

I have an important quilting decision to make as well. There are 3 big quilts in the “ready to be quilted” pile. Here are bits of each and long time readers will remember these:

The quilt top in the front is “Time of Plenty” and has been completed since August of 2020. Once “Sweet Journeys “ is finished, I will start hand quilting this one, hopefully some time this summer. Of the other 2 – “Maple Leaf Rag” (completed a year ago) and “Stormy Weather” (completed this past November) – I am pretty sure I should have at least one of them machine quilted and invest in a very good machine quilter. Otherwise, it could be years before these are done. Which one should I choose for machine quilting first? Hard decision!! Feel free to weigh in if you want 🙂.
I’m reading a book I can recommend:

I’m not far into the book yet, but the writing is beautiful. And if you haven’t read Hall’s memoir, “Without A Map” which came out several years ago, it’s a must read!!

I’ll close out this post with some more spring buds:

Also, in my browsing around on Instagram before I go to bed at night, I came upon Martha Walker’s post at @wagonswestdesigns showing her winning quilt from the recent AQS Paducah show:

Isn’t it gorgeous! For me, it checks all the boxes for a wonderful quilt – combination of piecing and appliqué, circular designs, the red green and cheddar color combination, and a fabulous vine border with leaves, flowers, berries, and birds. Fantastic! Would love to see it in person.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

33 thoughts on “May 2, 2023: VQF Cancelled; Prep Work; Decisions!; Book recommendation; More Buds

  1. Sandi May 2, 2023 / 3:28 pm

    You make beautiful quilts!! The ones you have showing are gorgeous! I love the photo of the one from the quilt show. I’m glad you were ok after your accident . Hugs,

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you Sandi!

  2. Marie May 2, 2023 / 3:58 pm

    I follow & enjoy your blog here in Ontario, Canada. Unfortunately we are experiencing much of the same following the pandemic…churches, long time venues are no longer sustainable. I am contacting various restaurants for upcoming big anniversary on a long weekend, forget that.. then changed to Sunday on regular weekend….still a question of staffing! Long standing cafes & restaurants closing due to high rents etc. At least we have our quilting to keep us sane, as we too will have to move in not too distant future! Keep up good work.

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you Marie for following my blog and I’m glad you enjoy it. The pandemic sure has brought a lot of changes and challenges!

  3. jamitysmom May 2, 2023 / 5:10 pm

    I am so sorry that the VQS is cancelled! It’s so troubling to realize all that has changed just in the last few years. I love your quilts, I don’t know which one I’d have quilted! That’s a tough choice. Congratulations to your grandson! Our eldest grandchild has chosen University of Tampa to study Business Management. He’s a golfer and wanted to go to school someplace warm! I love your idea of moving to the CCRC. It’s good that you have friends who moved there and love it! Now I have to go look back and see more of the basket quilt you are working on! Jan in MA

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much and I’m glad you like my quilts! Best wishes to your grandson!

  4. Janice Smith May 2, 2023 / 6:27 pm

    I had to go back to your November posts to see Stormy Weather. Without doubt this is the one to have quilted; it is wonderful beyond words. 🙂
    I, too, have been giving the future a great deal of thought. Though I love my house and gardens, I know that down the line, it may become necessary to make a move. We have a retirement community in the next town, and I think I will eventually put my name on the list.

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Janice for taking the time to check out Stormy Weather and make a recommendation! I’m leaning toward that one too because all the little appliqué pieces would make it hard and very time consuming to hand quilt.

  5. Mary in Maryland May 2, 2023 / 6:35 pm

    We are nearing the end of being able to manage the house. For now we are paying to have a lot done–still cheaper than the monthly fee in the retirement community. But even older women friends have said that you need to move by 75–after that it’s too much work. We have a deposit in and have been offered a few units. It’s not time yet.

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:46 pm

      Unfortunately we can’t stop ourselves from aging and have to be realistic about what we can reasonably manage. I don’t believe one needs to move by 75 – depends on health and overall situation. Some folks could use help sooner and others later, but you have to be honest with yourself!

  6. acityquilter May 2, 2023 / 7:05 pm

    sorry to hear of your calamities…..they do tend to come in little or big bunches….no doubt you are delighted about your grandson tho, a definite plus.. so thankful we have sewing to console us in these unwelcome detours of life…

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks Grace – agree, quilting is a comfort!

  7. Fauntie Phillips May 2, 2023 / 7:55 pm

    So sad that you won’t be able to show your quilts to the many people who have no other way to see them. I’m so thankful that you have a blog as I live in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada and I know that I won’t ever be able to see them in person, but just love to watch you creating them and listen to your thought process. I too am looking at Seniors living in the next couple of years, but at the moment am enjoying the fact that I’m still able to garden and have copious amounts of flowers!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you Fauntie. Enjoy your gardening and cherish each day!

  8. Marie May 2, 2023 / 8:44 pm

    How disappointing that the Vermont show was cancelled after the excitement of having quilts accepted; they are beautiful works and would have been a joy for others to see in person. It sounds like you have lots of decisions on the horizon but are approaching everything very soundly. We can fool ourselves into thinking that nothing is changing and that we can leave everything as it is, but that never works out. Good on you for taking control of things; you will feel all the better for it.

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Marie for your kind comments. Change is a constant and we need to be realistic and proactive as much as possible.

  9. Jill May 3, 2023 / 1:47 am

    It is a shame a high quality quilt show is forced to cancel and more so for you as your quilts were previously, accepted. If I read correctly, it seems odd the show was cancelled after entries were submitted and approved. Evidently, there were financial concerns with the National Quilters Society shows as well which was years before the shut down. No matter which quilt you choose to be machine quilted first you can’t go wrong. Perhaps the car was totaled for safety reasons that were not readily visible. Best wishes on car shopping and keep making beautiful quilts!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks for commenting Jill. After posting, I read an article that explained that the VQF staff was hoping they’d get more vendors as the weeks passed and it just didn’t happen. They gambled and lost. It also confirmed that the staff was not hopeful they could bring it back in the future 😥.

  10. barb vedder May 3, 2023 / 3:03 pm

    wow that is a beautiful quilt that is! I love the bright spots in it.
    Congratulations to your grandson. I agree, college choices can affect your life formation.
    Isn’t it wonderful to see the world coming back into bloom?
    Happy May

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks Barb! I’m relishing the spring changes!😊

  11. barb vedder May 3, 2023 / 3:04 pm

    p.s. I’m thinking I’ll have to drive up to your show to see your quilts!
    also your quilting is looking fabulous!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks again! It would be lovely to have you attend the Cocheco show if that works out!

  12. Jocelyn Thurston May 3, 2023 / 5:02 pm

    Big congrats to the grandson; what a wonderful field he has chosen too. I was a little taken aback at your decision till I read about the very long waiting list. It is a discussion we have from time to time. I think it’s important that the decision be in our hands, not something that gets forced upon us and that involves planning for sure. Love your living room with those large windows, a room perfectly suited to pretty quilts. I so enjoy seeing your projects. Yes, I sometimes think I can feel the earth move beneath my feet, so many things are changing.

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2023 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn- good to hear from you! Re the CCRC, we have the right to refuse an offered living space pretty much as many times as we want, as long as we don’t go to look at the space, until we’re ready, without losing our position on the list. If we go to look after an offer, we can do that twice, but the third time we refuse, we’d go to the bottom of the waiting list. That means we really aren’t forced to move and don’t have to until we are ready. As I said, we’re hoping to stay in our home several more years!

  13. Marie Tymrak May 4, 2023 / 7:15 pm

    How generous of you to share your life, as well as your art …. and you steer me to books that I enjoy. I vote for Maple Leaf Rag to be quilted first, because it is my favorite of all your exceptionally lovely projects.
    I’m saddened to learn the quilt show was cancelled, too. I’ll make extra effort to see regional shows, when I can. I’ve noticed fewer & smaller Indian Markets with the lovely textiles, baskets, pottery & jewelry of local tribes.

    • gladiporsche May 9, 2023 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you Marie!

  14. marissthequilter May 5, 2023 / 7:49 pm

    I am sorry about your double blow — the cancellation of the VQF and your car being written off.

    • gladiporsche May 9, 2023 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks Mariss. I’ll definitely miss the VQF. Luckily I’ve already found another car – used, but same brand and model I’ve been driving for years so the transition should be relatively painless.

  15. 107sophie May 6, 2023 / 12:19 pm

    Took me a bit to respond to this entry – you certainly have quite a bit happening at present. Covid has affected so many things in life – quilt shows being one of them. The short supply of available help will also make such a difference for we Baby Boomers in finding the help we need to stay in our own homes. You and your husband are so wise to plan for future needs and fortunate that you will have access to an alternative that you feel will be good one. My first employment after completing my Masters in Social Work was as a hospital discharge planner. I recall the heartbreak of many patients and families who were unexpectedly dealing with the need for placement, (rather than returning home), who were then dismayed to discover they had to accept the first bed they were offered. Being able to feel that we still have some control in our lives as we age can make such a difference in our well being. Your spring blooming photos are a delight – as always. Re: your quilting dilemma – all I can say is eenie, meenie, , minnie moe, you’ll have to choose as I just don’t know!

    • gladiporsche May 9, 2023 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks for commenting Sophie! I love your little rhyme at the end and I kinda feel the same way!

  16. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts May 6, 2023 / 1:29 pm

    It is so sad about VQF. We had hotel reservations and were excited to go this year, me to the show and David fly fishing. It looks like you are very wisely planning for the future! Sorry about your car accident, it must have been a shock. I bet you will love your new car whatever that will be. Congratulations on your Grandson’s college decision, that’s terrific!

    • gladiporsche May 9, 2023 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks Cynthia. Definitely sad about the VQF 😪. I’ve already found another car! 🙂. Hope your family is doing well!!

  17. Nann May 9, 2023 / 8:50 pm

    Wow! What a lot of news in this post, Gladi. I was sorry to get the message about VQF. I harbored a hope that one day I’d get to go. You might consider entering the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. https://quiltshow.com/ It’s a great regional show. Does Maine Quilts take out-of-state entries? Good luck car shopping — the fuel type is a conundrum during these transition years, especially for those of us who keep cars for a long time. Years ago a group icebreaker question was “What was the most important decision you’ve had to make.” Others in the group said, “Having children.” I [childless by choice] said, “Where to go to college.” Because it did determine my career and where I lived, and because of a job move I met my husband. Congratulations to your grandson! (And thank you for the book recommendation.)

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