It's August, and summer's really flying by! Here in the Pacific Northwest, our summer has seemed more like an extended spring, with unseasonably cool temperatures mostly in the upper 60s to mid-70s. It hasn't reached 90 degrees yet in Portland, and nobody's complaining. Just the opposite. My air conditioner hasn't clicked on more than once this year, and while a heat wave is hitting most of the U.S., Oregonians enjoying one of the most delightful summers in recent memory.
The weather isn't the only thing making the summer feel like it's flying by. I've been busy, which is why I haven't posted a blog in a while. My very first museum exhibit "Beauty Secrets: 150 Years of History in One Quilt Pattern" will be installed this week and will officially open Friday at the Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon.
My August Quilt of the Month is part of the exhibit, and is probably very familiar to readers of this blog. It appears prominently in the promotional materials for the exhibit, part of Quilt County 2011, a biennial series of quilt exhibits and events around Benton County. An extremely rare variation on the pattern best known as New York Beauty, I thought this quilt would be the ideal choice for August - the second edition of the Quilt of the Month on my web site.
To read about the August Quilt of the Month, click here.