Quilting is becoming an increasingly important and integral part of my life. My creative outlet changes how I view the world around me, influences the activities I pursue with my family, and introduces me to new people whose life paths wouldn't ordinarily intersect mine. My life is much like my favorite types of quilts - scrappy and unconventional, full of interest and surprises, and with an underlying current of making do (and making something beautiful!) with what I have.
We left Martha's Vineyard last Sunday and headed to Amherst, MA to spend a week with my twin sister and her family. We make this trip every year, and it is one of the things I look forward to most in life. My husband and my oldest spend the week at Amherst College basketball camp, and my sister does her best to wear me out with all the activities she plans for us and the three younger kids. We went swimming, we rode bikes, we took a road trip to New Hampshire, we went to a playground, we had FUN!
The camera missed most of the action, but it didn't miss the train ride at the park, (my twin sis and my beautiful niece)
(Donald - no, you don't need a helmet to ride the train, but we had been riding bikes)
(my nephew and Donald - so glad it isn't my son making the face this time!)
and it didn't miss the visit of my college roommate and her son, who hopped in the car to come down and visit from Vermont.
It also didn't miss all the quilts I have made that are hanging on her walls - gotta love seeing your stuff in other people's homes. In my nephew's room (the first quilt I ever completed),
in my niece's room,
and in my sister's room.
Now I just need to get a completed quilt in MY room! I did get quite a bit of quilting done on my Bright Future quilt - it should be done this week, I think. I also picked up my new nephew's Bright Idea quilt to use as my fair entry this year, but it looks like some of the red has run! Ideas, anyone? The woman at the quilt shop told me to get Color Catcher from the laundry aisle for when I wash it, but does anyone have ideas about how to get out the small red stain? (Yes, I pre-wash, but this was a string quilt made from scraps from lots of people, and I can't guarantee that all scraps had been pre-washed.) I don't think I can enter a quilt with a stain, and I certainly don't have time to finish another in its place. I'm going to do my best to get this out before the quilt has to be turned in later this month.