First - thanks for all the congratulations. I'm really thrilled to be in Quilt National and I appreciate everybody's thoughts. They send an awful lot of paperwork to be filled out, which I spent the weekend doing. Yesterday I shipped my piece to the Dairy Barn for the photography session. I also shipped a piece to the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY for the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit. I haven't entered that show in a while, but Bruce Hoffman from Snyderman-Works in Philadelphia was one of the jurors and it can't hurt to have someone like him see my work. He selected Downtown for their exhibit, which starts in early November and goes through January.
Last Saturday was the Michael Phelps Parade of Gold. Actually, there were 2 events - the parade in our town and the parade downtown in Baltimore City at Fort McHenry. We only went to the local parade and it was really fun. Led by Fire Engine No. 8 (for 8 gold medals), and followed by people from the schools and other places that were part of Michael's life, it was a real down home kind of event.
These kids are members of the swim club where Michael trained for years, and still will. I'm sure there is another future Olympian in that crowd; NBAC has sent swimmers to the Olympics for many years.
There was a whole crowd of people from Pete's Grill (sorry, no picture). This is where Michael would go for breakfast after his morning workout. Now they serve up the same food he ate as a Phelps Special. It's about 7,000 calories. On him it looks good. Here he is, riding in a Maryland National Guard Hummer that is almost as wide as the road.
This vehicle followed right behind the Hummer. The only reason we could think of as to why it was in the parade is that it was there to haul all his money.
Sunday was the opening of my show at the Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD. This was the first time I was able to see my too-big-for-QN piece hung as a unit. I think it looks pretty cool and would be perfect for a large office space.