I am remiss but very busy

Hello readers,

I apologize! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything…. this time of year tends to get away from me as I move through the last weeks of summer and gear up for another school year. This year I am teaching a new grade level. In addition to that fun preparation I am also sending my first-born off to college. As you can imagine, there have been many, many items on my to-do list.

I want you to know that I am still making time for the quilting! It’s just the writing part that I’ve let slide a little… 🙂

Threads, sorted for quick load and use in the Red Rock quilt. Notice the sticky note in the upper right? A reminder to me of my upcoming school year… This year’s duty schedule is recess, twice per week. I love going outdoors with the kids!

This past week and a half was busy here in my little studio. I’ve been working steadily on the thread painting pieces, and I want to report that I’m fairly certain the first Red Rock quilt is finished! You can’t see me smiling, but those who know me will realize that “fairly certain” are the operative words here. I like to live with my quilts a bit before being completely ready  to call them “done”. The Red Rock is currently hanging in my living room. Actually it looks nice there, except for the fact that it’s not trimmed or bordered and is basically held to the wall by a strong piece of tape! When I’m sure it needs no other stitching I’ll back it and bind it, and share the photo.  Meanwhile, it’s on to the next piece.

I worked out the design issues with the reverse appliqué quilt, which I’m calling “Timeline”. After sewing – and subsequently ripping out the machine work – in the blue border several times, I finally settled on a strategy. (Or rather, my oldest settled it for me: “Mom, use this thread and that stitch! Gaahh… enough already!”) 🙂

I am happy with the machine quilting, and I’m working on the binding, for which I’ve pulled some wire ribbon. Not sure yet if I’ll leave the ribbon “floating” around the quilt as in this picture…

Lastly, I wanted to share with you how wonderful it was to visit the Lowell Quilt Festival yesterday. There were many tremendously talented artists displaying work in all quilt forms, from traditional to modern. It was inspiring to view such beautiful work!

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