I returned from Alaska on July 16th. After a day of rest and laundry, I was off to Bridgewater, VT to set up my gallery show, “Finding Zen in a Line” with my young and very talented assistant, Britney. She helped me set up for 2 days. I really could not have done this without her. Thanks Britney!!!!!!!!!
My talk defines “Zen”, a state of being. It’s the total togetherness of body and soul. I find myself in this state when I’m free motion quilting. I describe how I thread the sewing machine, the light emanates from above the needle. As I step on the accelerator (foot controller), I find a quiet, peaceful, yet excited state of being, drawing with thread on my quilt sandwich. I liken it to an amusement ride. We often start with quiet anticipation, then buckle in and enjoy some loops and wiggles and find ourselves flying around until (needle down) we come to the end. I hope you will try the rides again, especially if your first experience wasn’t fearless.
My gallery show is on the second floor of the Bridgewater Mill. I will be there:
August 5 – 1-4
August 6 – 10-1
August 9 – 10-1
August 11 – 10-1
August 12 – 1-3
August 15 – 10-1
August 18 – 10-1
August 19 – 1-3
August 23 – 10-4
August 29 – 10-1 SAQA pod meeting in this room. Please join us!
If you would like to come and bring some friends, I can schedule other times to meet you at the gallery for a talk. Call me at 508-769-7881 to set up a convenient time.
On July 27th, I attended the Billings Farm Quilt Show Reception where they announced the three judge’s choice and one staff choice winners.
“Almost Midnight at the Oasis” won Judge’s choice and Staff Choice. I was inspired to make this quilt at the Connections Quilt show November 2017. I purchased the pattern at the Vintage and Vogue booth. I could hardly sleep that entire weekend just dreaming about making this quilt with my basket of Kaffe Fassett scraps. In January I went to a get away at Lake Morey and started the challenge. At the end of three long days of stitching, I had lots of little tiny blocks. I was determined to finish this project. I was fairly consumed for three more weeks. I love my design wall which my hubby made for me. I watched the project grow. I changed several pieces of the quilt along the way. I rotated the baskets in the four corners. I changed the checkerboard border because I found it too busy with the fabrics I was using. The appliques are bit different too. All in all, this quilt brings me joy! I was so humbled that the same message was seen by the staff at Billings. They announced that 17 or 29 employees voted for this quilt because it made them smile. WOW! That’s why I quilt. This world needs reasons to smile! I’m glad I could help.
I took this photo on my porch on a cloudy day. I think it’s the best photo of this quilt that I have. If you would like to see the quilt in person, go to the Billings Farm Quilt Show now until mid September…and SMILE!
One Judge’s Choice winner include Lynne Croswell’s “100 days” of improvisational piecing is simply amazing!
“Aboriginal Kaleidoscope” by Diane Holme received a Judge’s choice ribbon too! The quilting on this quilt is really something to see first-hand!
The Challenge quilts are displayed on the far wall. Unfortunately, you don’t see the three fabrics that each quilter started with. It really was a challenge! Two fabrics seem to make sense and then a totally off fabric was thrown in and the design element became very important.
That’s the news for these past two weeks. It’s been busy and a blessing. Thanks for reading this blog. Sorry that it is 2 days late, but my DSL in VT just couldn’t get the photos uploaded. I needed to wait until I returned to NH for my high speed internet.