Saturday, January 29, 2022

Stay at Home Round Robin

This year I am participating in a Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR). It gets rounds added, but unlike a usual robin, it doesn't travel. It stays at my house, and I do all the rounds myself. The theme for each round is chosen by various bloggers.

First I chose a center block. This is one I made using a special ruler. I made it years ago, and later had a friend add to it. She did the orange rays in the middle. Then it sat for a few more years until I decided to use it for this SAHRR.

First round assignment was curves.

Second round assignment was diamonds.

That's all so far. We will get another round assignment in the next day or two.

Here's what I have made so far. Sorry the picture is blurry.

To see more SAHRRs so far, go here.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Short Stories

"Levar Burton Reads" is a podcast that I subscribe to, however, I haven't listened to much of it. Recently I decided to take time to listen to short stories read by Levar Burton. (The podcast consists of him reading only short stories.) I am happy to report, he is helping me emerge from my pandemic reading funk, finally! Hooray!

Here are the short stories I have listened to recently, along with my rating (from 1 to 5 stars).

The Years of My Birth by Louise Erdrich -- 5 stars
To Jump is to Fall by Stephen Graham Jones -- 4 stars
Drones to Ploughshares by Sarah Gailey -- 4 stars
The Usual Santas by Mick Herron -- 3 stars
The Placement Agency by Tobias Buckell -- 2 stars

Happy reading, everyone!

Friday, January 07, 2022

Quilts Delivered to Comfort Cases (Parts 1 and 2)

 Sunshine Quilt Guild is an online group whose members make quilts for kids in need around the world. One of our current initiatives is for kids going into foster care. We send our quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders which has an arrangement to provide quilts to a program called Comfort Cases. Comfort Cases gives kids a backpack with a blanket (or quilt), book, pajamas, and a few other things that can comfort a child. This is to avoid them having to carry their belongings in garbage bags. Comfort Cases is headquartered in Maryland but provides these backpacks and duffel bags to foster kids all over the U.S. If you like the idea of helping kids who are going into foster care, you could help us make quilts, or you could donate financially either to Quilts Beyond Borders or to Comfort Cases.

Recently some pictures of quilts sent to Comfort Cases were posted here. The pictures are only partial views of the quilts, so I thought I would show the pictures of the whole quilts. These are only pictures of the quilts that I helped make. Interestingly, many of our quilts are group-collaboration projects. Each of the quilts below has their own creation story, which I won't go into at this time. Here you go:

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In the next few days more pictures will probably be posted, and if any quilts were worked on by me, I will add the whole pictures of them here. Come back and see if there are more whole quilts to look at!

Part 2, Jan. 10 --
More of my quilts that were sent to Comfort Cases:

 This is the backing on the quilt above.

I also ice dyed the following baby blankies and sent them to Comfort Cases:

Now I am starting my next collection of quilts to donate in 2022!