Last week I went on vacation with my family. We road-tripped to several cities, saw natural wonders and wonderful theater, ate good food, and I did not sew at all. It was a great respite. Even though I feel a bit rusty this week I am happy to be back quilting.
In August there is an exhibit of my work at the Barney Library in Farmington, CT. Included in the show will be my recent Barnyard series. Please join me on Saturday August 4, from 1-3pm for the reception. The show is also open during regular library hours.
Since I am prepping for the show, I have been sewing on a lot of bindings. You may or may not know that I like to sew fast. The downside of my lead foot is that sometimes my bindings can get a little wobbly. My new hack for getting my bindings on straight is to sew the binding strip on twice. The first time around I attach the binding strip to the quilt. The second pass straightens out any places where I sewed unevenly the first time around.
Now I know you all are thinking, "If you just slowed down, you wouldn't need to do it twice." That would be the prudent way to do things, but I have found that I enjoy doing the second round of stitching. It gives me a chance to double check the binding and I find that the binding feels more stable with the additional stitching.
Even though it is only July, I want to let you all know that I will be teaching a couple of ongoing open-studio classes in the fall. I'll be at the Holyoke Creative Arts Center in Holyoke, MA on Tuesday mornings, and at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Registration is not yet open for either location, but please let me know if you have any questions about these programs.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
August 2-29, 2018
Solo Exhibition, Barney Library, Farmington, CT
Reception August 4, 1-3pm
August 12, 2018
Longarm Workshop - Circle Play, Sew Inspired Quilt Shop, Simsbury, CT
August 25-26, 2018
September 23, 2018
Trunk Show, Twin States Modern Quilt Guild, Westminster, VT
September 29, 2018
Map Quilt Workshop, Northampton Modern Quilt Guild, Northampton, MA
October 9, 2018
Trunk Show, Berkshire Quilters' Guild, Great Barrington, MA
October 13, 2018
Opening of Explorations: A Quilt Artist's Studio, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
October 18-19, 2018
Trunk Show and Workshop - Improvisational Piecing, Narragansett Bay Quilters Association, East Greenwich, RI
October 24 & 25, 2018
November 17, 2018
Map Quilt Workshop, Sew Inspired Quilt Shop, Simsbury, CT