Getting back in to the swing

nc2-proj3part10I’m busy getting back in the swing of things! The first good news to share is that two of my secret quilts (ones I can’t show you yet) have been juried into a special exhibit called Circular Abstractions that Nancy Crow is putting together! My experimental quilt shown to the left was the first in this series, so it is similar in some ways, but these two new quilts pushed me even further in playing with some of these same ideas.

The Circular Abstractions exhibit will consist of fifty quilts made by 41 different artists. As Nancy puts it, “All of you will be amazed when you come to the opening and see them for yourself! Some are wild! Some are traditional! Some have such intricate piecing, you start getting anxious! Others have such knock-out colors! And still others have incredible quilting that is awe-inspiring.” So, be sure to block out time on your calendar now, so you can take a trip and see these quilts in person. You won’t want to miss it! This exhibit will run from August 25, 2016 to November 6, 2016 at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The museum will also be offering a five-day workshop during the week of the grand opening.

I know that August 2016 is a long way away, but in the meantime there are two other exhibitions to go visit. Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge Iconic Visionaries and Emerging Leaders is going on now through November 1, 2015 at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Color Improvisations II will be in Neum√ľnster, Germany from March 11 to July 1, 2016.

Now back to what I’ve been up to: I’ve been enjoying my summer break, but it certainly has been packed full!

Sweet hubby and I have been helping DD#1 with the renovation their “new”, 1940’s house and getting them moved in. In the midst of all of that, both of their cars needed extra attention, and sweet hubby was able to either advise them or help fix the problem.

hazel-and-horseWe’ve been spending extra time with DD#2 and little Miss Hazel because mama is now expecting a new addition to their family, due at the end of February. She was a little under the weather during her first trimester, but it seems to be getting better. We helped DD#2 with a big garage sale, and then families in the church decided they wanted to do a sale, too, so we helped with a second one. One of the families brought this model horse. Hazel loved it so sweet hubby had to let her ride it a few times before it was sold.

Summer is also the time to do various tasks around the church. We’ve been painting walls, replacing the basement floor, renovating a bathroom, and refinishing the front deck. There is more on the to-do list, namely painting the picnic shelter and the shed. I’m hoping for cooler weather if I’m going to be spending that much time outside!

I thought I was going to do some painting around my own house, but that may not happen for a while. I think it’s time for me to turn my attention back to my studio, first to get it cleaned up again and then to getting a few quilt tops sandwiched and quilted. I’ll keep you posted.