|Lovely bunny project|
|Results of a scavenger hunt|
|Lovely bunny project|
|Results of a scavenger hunt|
|Making geese with green wings|
At the end of the month, Bonnie will release the fabric colors and yardage amounts for her next mystery quilt. I decided that even though I'm still quilting "Unity," I had better make progress on "Frolic!"
I've been at a virtual retreat since Thursday. Today is the last day. It has been fun. I've worked on stitching blocks a little of every day of the retreat. Making progress is great!!! Our Mavens group got together via a Zoom sewing session at the beginning of October. At least one other person was working on their "Frolic." Those members, who had finished "Frolic," stitched other projects. A number of the Mavens were working on another Bonnie Hunter projects which was fun too!
In my last post, I had started step six which was making geese with green wings. It took me a couple hours to figure out where I was with the project. Another participant, who is putting her blocks together, expressed the same lament. We both figured out what we were supposed to be doing and we made progress.
|Making HSTs and a few pinwheels|
In step seven, the directions were to cut a whole lot of half square triangles (HSTs). Some we left unstitched; some were stitched in HSTs and some were stitched into pinwheels.
I also completed step eight. In this step, we were to stitch different wings on the geese. The most challenging part of the last several steps has been to keep the various like parts kitted together!
|Stitching geese with coordinating wing|
Bonnie's projects sure have helped me use a lot of scraps! Unfortunately, I have yet to finish one of her projects; however, I am moving closer to a finish on Unity! Since all but the aqua fabrics are from stash, I'm linking my post to Oh Scrap!
Worldwide: 42.8M cases; 1.15M deaths
United States: 8.64M cases; 2.25K deaths
Oregon: 40,443 cases; 635 deaths
|The first whole blocks|
Regarding the protests: Tuesday night, the media reported protesters had made signs and then marched to the ICE (Immigration and Custom Enforcement) building to adhere their signs to the fence. The event began peacefully around 7pm; but by 10pm federal officers were warning the crowd not to set fire to the building. It seems that the number of protestors is decreasing. It seems the targets of the protestors are increasing.
Regarding voting: "The Guardian" reported that more than 50 million people have already voted and that it is forecast that 65% of the population will vote in the upcoming election. The percentage could be the highest voter turnout since 1908! Statewide, 9.5% of the ballots have been returned. In my county, 38% of the people have returned ballots.
I like the approach the candidates in the Utah governors race are using. They appear in a joint ad saying that they can agree to disagree without hating each other. I hope other politicians will take notice and follow suit. Currently, candidates spend their advertising monies on attack ads. It is difficult to weed through the muck to learn what the candidates' platforms are. When I was in elementary school, I can remember my great grandmother capturing printed materials that listed the platform of the candidate. She would research their background to see if they actually lived similarly to their platform. Remember, I grew up in a small community so this wasn't a difficult task for her to do! There was always a lot of discussion about how the campaign was like a job interview. She had a unique perspective on politics. She was also known to call a candidate and get the facts from the "horse's mouth" as she called it!
|Painting the barn|
After he had completed the painting, he researched gutters for the barn. Bob determined what he needed. The structure had never had gutters. When it rained, the water would splash on the lower boards. Over time, the boards rotted. These new boards are destined to last longer than the previous ones did!
Bob purchased his supplies, brought them home and he laid out the pieces. He found he was a few pieces short. In his working days he estimated materials for building highways. He was excellent at his job. He had to know why he was short. The reason, he discovered, was a misinterpretation of the packaging information. The package read 'contains two' which Bob thought was two separate pieces turns. Actually, the total package contained the parts to make one piece of the gutter. He solved that mystery!
Bob assembled the gutter pieces so that when his friends came the following day to assist, all that remained was to put the parts in place and attach the parts with screws.
|Ensuring the supports were in place|
I was glad that his friends came to help as this was a two person job with the third person acting as ladder holder and "gofer." "Gofer" being the person who goes for this and goes for that!
My pen pal, who is my eight year old granddaughter, has written me eight letters. She told me that although balancing letter writing with school was challenging, she plans to continue writing for a good long time. Truly, since we've been writing to each other, mail has become much more important!
She still address the envelope to "Gran," which makes both me and her papa smile. She often shares a story and often asks questions. Her penmanship has improved greatly since we started. Sometimes, it is a bit of a puzzle to figure out the word that she spelled; but, I love every minute of reading! Her first letter arrived at the end of July.
|Greg and Rod ensuring the project progresses smoothly|
I treasure these days because with technology, we get to FaceTime. I get to see her and her sister too. I miss our face to face visits and the overnights that we had. They are growing up fast and COVID keeps us from hanging out together. Her two last calls were without video.
|A Gladiola that Bob planted this year|
I remember eating shredded wheat cereal in my grandmother's kitchen while she talked on the phone which was a wooden box that hung on the wall with a receiver and a crank. You cranked a specific number of times to get an operator who connected you to your party! It was also a party line so if you heard voices when you picked up the phone you were supposed to put it down. Although, there was a lot of listening in! I wonder if the game "telephone" originated from this experience!
Each household had a particular ring so you knew which call was for you. We progressed to a ring which just for you and went to private lines. Phones changed over time too.
|Evidence of the lunch delivery|
Now we have cell phones and landlines are few. Watching episodes of popular TV shows produced in the 80s and seeing the portable phones in that day makes me appreciate technology improvements and advances. Now, it is possible to watch videos, take photos, send e-mails, and much more in addition to talking on the phone. So yes, dear granddaughter, that landline is old fashioned to you!
On the other hand, my husband asked the youngest granddaughter if he could drop some fresh apple cider at their house. He said she didn't even pause with her "That would be splendid, Papa," response! My grandma used to make apple cider. It was the drink at Halloween, Thanksgiving and IF the apples had stored well, Christmas. It was my favorite drink.
Along with the cider, Bob also dropped off lunch. With COVID, the granddaughters don't leave the house but to kick a soccer ball around or to take a neighborhood walk. This lunch delivery was special. Photo is courtesy of their dad, J! Ah. . .family. . .I'm so fortunate to have such a special one!
|The "important" stuff|
Packing the important stuff that we couldn't replace was an eye opening activity. When we unpacked, I had the opportunity to inventory what I had since all the quilts were together in one place.
I also had the opportunity to review what was "important!" Surprisingly, few WIPs made it into the "important stuff." The majority of my collection of quilting supplies that has infiltrated many areas of the house, also did not make it into the "important stuff" load.
|The unpacked quilts|
Since I noted that I packed the finished projects, I am even more determined to work on my finishes. The old adage, "Done is better than perfect," sure made sense in my case! I have done well to not purchase fabric because I liked it for the last four years. I have limited my fabric purchases to what I needed for the project that was under my needle. I still have bags of Martha's strings and bits so I need to make better progress on charity projects in her memory.
Perhaps it is a rose colored view, but, I still plan to sew myself into more space rather than toss the bags and bins that are cluttering my space. Perhaps, I would make more progress to that end if I always have a charity project in the piecing stage and one in the quilting stage. Currently, I have two projects at the quilting stage and one in the piecing stage.
|Zooming with friends while I sew myself into "space"|
Since the quilts were all together when we unpacked, I took an inventory of how many I had. Truly, I had no idea. My family guessed at how many quilts were in the house. They had some fun guessing. The guesses were: Bob--876; S.--172; Amanda--123; Nicole--100; J.--65; Me--50ish.
|Me with the retreat tote bag for retreat|
They don't all fit in the closet. I've decided to rearrange the items again so they do fit. I want the majority of my quilts to be in the same room!
Next week, I'll be participating in my second virtual quilting retreat. I had fun at the last retreat which was a couple weeks ago. I made a lot of progress on quilting Unity. I plan to make more progress next week on Unity and even the butterfly as I'm nearing the point of needing the design wall for "Frolic" which was was Bonnie Hunter mystery from last year!
Worldwide:39.6M confirmed; 1.11M deaths
United States: 8.12M confirmed; 219K deaths
Oregon: 38,935 confirmed; 617 deaths
|Ballot ready for the ballot box|
Regarding the protests: This week, protestors targeted the Oregon Historical Society smashing the front windows and tossing flares that landed on the carpeting. Fortunately, the flares went out leaving scorch marks on the carpets. Sadly, an African-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative quilt was taken. The makers finished the quilt in 1976. One of the makers is still living. Fortunately, the quilt was recovered. It suffered damage and will need professional restoration. It has dirt and water damage from being drug through the mud and getting rained on. Some of the colors in the fabric ran.
Regarding the fires: Oregon Highway 22 opened this week. Workers removed 30,000 hazard trees along 40 miles of the highway. A hazard tree is one that could cause damage if not removed. Because significant work is still going on in the area, highway speeds have been reduced to 40mph. Unless significant news happens next week, this will be my last update regarding the Oregon wildfires.
Regarding voting: Twenty two million people have voted which is more than ever in history. I marked my ballot yesterday. Today, my husband took both of our ballots to the ballot box. We always use the ballot box.
For the broken dishes, I decided to quilt straight lines with a ruler. Looking at the triangles that kissed gave me the idea. Actually the word "kissed" gave me the inspiration to quilt the pairs in straight lines! This quilt will go to my daughter and her husband when they marry. Quilting the pairs with quarter inch lines fit great!
In the light and dark blue squares, I quilted a circle with the template and I quilted the squiggles free hand. I quilted this motif in lots of other areas in this quilt. I decided to include the neutral squares into the background swirl motif. Interestingly, once I made the decision, I felt like I had scored! I decided that since I felt that way, my decision was on the mark! I'll be quilting this border for a long time. Quilting the curvy swirl background is faster than quilting pebbles; but, not by much!
|Close up view of the lines and the squiggles|
|The last "collection" of fabric|
|Four completed blocks|
|The leftover bits|
|What Martha's scraps produced|
|Border Six completed|
The reason I took a break was because while packing the "important stuff," I included this project! While I was waiting to hear that firefighters had the blaze under control, I worked on other projects which I posted about here and here. I am thankful for my quilting hobby to keep my mind and fingers occupied during COVID social distancing.
|Border Seven completed|
After we were cleared from the evacuation list, after we had unloaded, and after we had put away our important stuff, I selected this project. I had quilted about a quarter of the sixth border. It took me a few days to get back into the rhythm of working on it again. I berated myself for taking so long to finish. I lamented about the imperfections. I struggled with ideas on how to quilt the next border. In short, I wasn't getting back into this project!
It took stitching at an online retreat to change my attitude. I don't know whether it was hearing people laugh or the anticipation of an activity or seeing friends I haven't seen since last February; but, after the first day of retreat, I started enjoying working on this project.
I estimate it took me about a work week to complete border six which is composed of two inch neutral squares. Quilting pebbles takes a lot of time. I sure like the texture that quilting pebbles creates. I tackled border number seven. This flying geese border is at the top and bottom of the quilt. I knew early on that I was quilting half circles in the triangles with the squiggles or as some readers have suggested sun rays.
|Borders 5, 6, 7 and 8|
Knowing that the inch wide border number eight would be next, I decided to quilt it after I had finished half of the geese border. Truly, I'm wearying of quilting circles! I thought that having the other half of border seven to quilt next was better than quilting another 38 circles and pebbles.
I'm glad that I decided to quilt half of those borders because having that break from pebbles was great! What remains to quilt is one full border and one half border. I've a plan for the half border. I have a plan for the full border too. I envision writing a couple more posts regarding this project. I am excited that I'm nearing the finish!
I'll be linking up with longarm learning.