Yes. You are right. May is almost over, and I writing about April. The way I get to a new habit is to come back to it at every chance I get. I want to write a monthly update, and so I am writing a monthly update—late but here.
I am still working on a large, heavily pieced beast. It weighs a lot more than you would image.
I am in the quilting phase which always feels like a long dark tunnel. I stitch, and I stitch, and I stitch and still that long dark tunnel exists in front of me.
I wrapped up Project Every Day PHASE One. Here is what the check list looks like on that project—
Wear Clothing I Have Made for an Entire Year—CHECK
Post a Daily Image On Instagram—CHECK
Write a Weekly Blog Post with Links to the Patterns Used to Make the Clothing—I am on Week 39, which means I have 13 weeks I still need to post.—GETTING THERE
Create a Stop Motion Video of Me and the Alaska Weather Behind Me—NOT DONE
Create 12 Quits using the remains for the hand made clothing—NOT DONE
The daily photos of Project Every Day ended just as I got on a plane for a wild multi-state trip.
Berkeley was my first stop. I stayed here. My accommodations and host were awesome.
I spent the next day sightseeing. Two long time California quilters gave me a great tour. In addition to the sights, I learned a lot about the history of quilting in California.
A hi-light for me was visiting the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park.
We were surrounded by amazing quilts from their annual show called Stitch Modern.
Next up, I attended the opening of several new exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
There was a Modern Quilt Guild Exhibition.
In the back gallery there was the exhibition called THREE LEFT COAST ARTISTS: LINDA GASS, LINDA MACDONALD, AND GYONGY LAKY. All of the artists were attendance and gave thoughtful talks about their work.
Then it was on to Kanas City for a brief moment.
My neighbor on the plane was a serious snacker. I always travel with two boxes of Triscuit, don’t you?
We spent an entire day at the Quilt Study Center. It was amazing on so many levels. A hi-light for me was to see this amazing quilt by Jean Ray Laury.
Jean was doing modern back when it was modern.
There were several exhibitions on show including Quilt Japan.
Swan Song by Hiroko Nakayam is a Japanese quiltmaking at its best.
Look at this amazing quilt storage system.
The conference ended with a spectacular talk by Michael James.
On the last day of April, I headed back to Kansas City for the next leg of the trip.
I finished the seventh book in the Maisie Dobbs series—The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear. These books are really good travel companions.
I had my doubts about the premise of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. How could a book where the main never leaves a hotel be that interesting? But it was. I am putting his other book Rules of Civility in my queue.
And that is it for April. How is your spring going? What are you making, growing, or reading? I would like to know.