I have been absent from the blog “scene” for sometime, and I apologize. But I have been busy. My last post was about my retirement from my long arm quilting business (at least for the immediate future). But now I have a new career. I have been hired by the Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV) to teach in an elementary school of 900 students. And I teach them all! I am their new music teacher. I am an Orff specialist (you can google that!) teaching general music to grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. I will also teach choir and a select percussion ensemble. It’s what I did before I became a professional quilter. But I am not done with quilting. So what would a music teacher/quilter do? Make quilts to decorate her classroom, of course! Here is the first. It’s going on the wall next to my classroom door. I’ll be showing a few more of my creations in the next few days.
I spent this Friday and Saturday at my annual quilt retreat along with about 25 other dedicated quilters. This is our 6th year at the Illinois State Beach Resort in Zion, IL. Not much swimming going on at this time of year, but it’s pleasurable nonetheless to gaze out on the icy lake as we get our quilting fix. Warning: This is a long post–but it’s mostly pictures.
I did a little improvisational piecing this year–no pattern, not much measuring, just fun play with some fabulously colorful materials. Kind of like painting with fabric. These are a couple of the wonky star blocks I made. Can you count how many different fabrics are in this one?
Many others were more prolific than I. A lot of other fabulous work got done.
Such happy colors in this finished quilt top.
Love this romantic table runner.
Most quilters are strippers at one time or another!
If you don’t sew, you would be surprised how long it takes to sew all these little pieces together. (And to make all the points and corners match).
Fun baby quilts
More wonderful piecing. We all worked very hard.
Everyone does their own thing, so we get quite a variety.
She also finished this small quilt. It just needs the binding around the edges.
So what did I do for two whole days? Make a big mess, mostly!
I brought a lot of bright, fun fabrics purchased just for the occasion.
I don’t need no fancy machine! I’ve been sewing on this little gem for over 46 years! ( I started in my childhood–I’m not THAT old!)
I did manage to finish 13 star blocks. Haven’t quite decided how I will put them together. I just design as I go.
I put some borders on the 13th block. I think it will make a fun wallhanging when it is quilted.
Well, that’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the pics.