Monday, May 02, 2016

Sewing for Sunshine

Today I'm sewing IN the sunshine. Well.. it's outside, and I'm inside (beautiful to see). One year I put my machine out on the deck and sewed there. That felt wonderful!! But it's a bit of work hauling things out there, and it can't stay long, so I haven't done it since then.

I have been busy and haven't had much time to sew, but this weekend I did manage to make some blocks for the Sunshine Lotto (online guild, block Lotto game that feeds into our service work and is a fun game for members).

May theme is nine-patches. I made 12.

I even worked ahead and made eight June blocks. I'll probably make more in the month of June; it was fun to get a head start. June's theme is novelties.

I should say, I guess I have had more time to sew than I thought, because I also had a two-day sewing gig with some friends. That was fun, and I got a good start on a couple of quilts.

A friend and her baby are going to move into our house. It's going to be busy. The date has changed many times, but I'm guessing they'll move in this week. I'm excited. I love babies!!

Sunday, May 01, 2016


SOLD! My friend Diane made the highest bid for this quilt top, and it will soon be hers. Thank you, Diane! Your very generous bid will make a big difference to the Kissy UMC Eye Hospital in Sierra Leone. Thanks a million.

Thanks to everyone for the interest in this beautiful quilt!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Books: Bait and Switch

Bait and Switch, the (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich was created in the same model as her earlier book, Nickled and Dimed. She "becomes" one of the population she is researching, and attempts to do the same jobs as that population. In Nickled and Dimed she worked in blue collar jobs such as maid and Walmart associate and wrote about trying to survive on those low wages and the treatment one receives in those jobs.

This one, Bait and Switch, is similar in that she attempts to find jobs in middle management. This is the group of Americans who have worked in professional level jobs but found themselves laid off due to downsizing (for the most part). This book is not as captivating as Nickled and Dimed. It seems to go nowhere, however that is often the fate of people stuck in this predicament: attempting to find employment but going nowhere.

People find themselves laid off at a time when one's age and one's expected salary range are not what employers are looking for. Many of them find only meager paying jobs that barely keep them at survival but offer no real security and no benefits.

You could call this book an expose on corporate greed and the resulting attack on middle class security. One wonders if we are headed toward a society of two classes: poor and rich, with no one inbetween.

Reading at Byerly's

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Quilt Show

I finally had time to visit my guild's quilt show, for a good, long look at all the quilts. As usual, there are some beauties! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

as seen from above:
and then from floor level:

The first 9 are all by Sunny K! Plus the cat one in the background (second picture) is also one of hers.

These two are by Nancy B.:

I think these two are both by Nanette S., although I'm not positive about the second one.

By Mary Lee S.; the second photo is a detail of the first.

These are by Sally M., although the first one was a group effort - a bunch of people made the blocks, and Sally put it all together beautifully. And in the 3rd photo, top left is by Sunny K., orange on right is by Sally M., bottom small one is by me.

Three by me. In the 3rd photo, mine is on the right. I can't remember who made the one on the left.

One that I loved, but can't remember who made it:

This one is by Kathy L, with a funny story about how people told her it was ugly when she got the top done! They were wrong. It's lovely.

And the last one, not a quilt at all. Remember, Prince died recently, and he was from Minnesota. People around here are heavy-hearted. Here's a Prince-related display at the museum. The shirt says "by the artist formerly known as Felix the Cat"

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Baby on the Quilt

My pal in Czech Republic sent a picture of her granddaughter playing on the quilt I made for her (from a Gudrun Erla pattern). Enjoy the cuteness!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Books: A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Daugard... what a story! Jaycee was abducted at age 11, and at age 29 was discovered having been kept prisoner at a guy's house for 18 years. During that time she gave birth to two children.

The poor girl suffered harrowing assaults from her abductor. She must be pretty smart, because she was able to quickly figure out ways to survive and how to avoid the worst of the worst happening to her.

Her account of reunification with her family and friends, and how she goes about healing after such trauma, is also quite fascinating. She didn't realize the depth of "learning" she experienced while a prisoner and the un-learning she had to do until she went through it. The human mind/spirit is an amazing thing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Update on the Quilt Top Bids

In case people are wondering... the highest bid for the quilt top I showed you in my April 11 post is still $200. I will probably close the bidding sooner than I announced, because I don't think anyone is going to out-bid the $200. If you are, please let me know soon! I'm going to close the bidding on April 30!