Not Retired Anymore!

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.

What ever music classroom needs!   Original design by Pam Schoessow

What every music classroom needs!
Original design by Pam Schoessow

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Natalie’s Quilt

My watercolor brushes have been dry lately, but I have been quilting.  I don’t much like to follow quilt patterns.  I feel like I should be more original.  Must be the artist in me.  I designed this lap quilt    (58″ x 70″) as a wedding gift for Natalie who is getting married tomorrow.  It’s a simple design with large (12″ x 14″) blocks.  It was well received at her bridal shower this past week.  Her requested colors were navy, mustard and blush.  I was able to find a fat quarter bundle online: “Athena” by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It fit perfectly into this color scheme.

"Athena" quilt designed by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

“Athena” quilt for Natalie and Charles designed by Pam Schoessow pamelajeannestudio.com

Since it was a wedding gift I quilted it with my all-over Curly Hearts pattern.

Curly Hearts quilting pattern by Pam Schoessow

Curly Hearts quilting pattern by Pam Schoessow   

There was enough left over fabric to make a simple pieced back.IMG_1100  Hopefully Natalie and Charles will spend many an evening cuddled under this.Natalie's Quilt by Pam Schoessow