Friday, January 10, 2020

Taking a Break

Hi, Dear Blog Friends!

After much thought I have decided to take a break from blogging for a bit.

Nothing wrong here -- no health crisis, nothing wrong, no one's hurt my feelings. 
 I just need time to reorganize, prioritize, and just generally regroup.

Perhaps you will see me before the next full moon.

First Full Moon of  2020
Lunar eclipse tonight - Hope your skies are clear
Blessings to all in the New Year.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year

About that last quilt

You may have already heard that in 2020 we will celebrate ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Women can vote!!

What you may not know is that Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify,
thus making it law, in August 1920.
100 years!!

Well, the Dakota County Star Quilters in St. Paul, MN is conducting a quilt challenge 
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the U.S.
Quilts will be displayed during the month of March 2020 at
the Dakota County Historical Society.

This is the quilt that I have entered via internet application;
it will be a couple of weeks before I know if it has been accepted.

The Perfect 36
 The Story Behind the Quilt

When Tennessee legislators were called back to a special session in August 1920 
to vote on ratification of the 19th amendment, 
they were greeted by suffragists wearing yellow roses, and opponents wearing red roses.  
Thus the “War of the Roses” began. 
  By a single vote, Tennessee became the required 36th state to ratify.  
When news reached Alice Paul, she sewed the 36th star onto her ratification banner and 
unfurled it from the balcony of Woman's Party headquarters in Washington, DC.

The colors for the suffrage campaign in the U.S. were violet, white, and yellow.
This quilt has 36 yellow rosebuds in a traditional 4-patch setting with violet pinwheels.

I will probably beef up the quilting ultimately but the deadline for submission was 12/31.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Week for Wildlife

Today it was a hawk in the backyard

Disheveled Hawk - possibly Sharp-shinned hawk
At first I thought it might be injured because it sat for a long time just looking around.
When I went outside it hobbled into the rhododendron.

But it emerged from the rhoddie again and started pecking at something on the ground.
I went in and out of the sewing room to spray baste a quilt on the patio.
It stayed where it was.
It also looked a little less bedraggled (but I didn't get a picture).

That's life on the lake!

Oh, and the quilt I was spray-basting?

Perfect 36
More on this tomorrow.

Monday, December 30, 2019

They're Back!

River Otters

River Otter
We frequently see a pair frolicking in the lake.
But this is the first time I've seen one on land.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Pluses and Minuses

I get a Plus for thinking of putting on a hot mitt before touching the oven burner.


I get a Minus for not thinking it would be hot enough to start a fire ...

Friday, December 27, 2019

Merry Christmas to Me!


Back in business


LG 5 cu ft HE top load washer
Miss Lady Gaga arrived on Saturday before we headed to Arkansas for Christmas.  
These new machines look so weird inside!


No agitator in the center.  It looks huge.  It seems to wash OK, though.

With clean clothes packed, we headed to Conway, Arkansas
to spend Christmas with the younger grands.

In the free time between meals, church, gifts, and games I worked on Castle Walls


I want to press this first block before adding the corners.


This one was scheduled to have purple diamonds, but I think it needs something lighter.


I stitched these squares on after the photo.  I'm not sure what the diamonds will be.

My plan is to get a few blocks finished to see if I need a distinct plan for value placement.
Like so many blocks, fabric placement can really change the look of this block.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas



Greetings from Conway, Arkansas!

Christmas sunrise 2019
Hope your Christmas is Merry.