I got the red row of my migrating geese quilt done, once again, mostly as a leader/ender project.
Rather fitting that I madly finished the row on departure day minus 1, spending a last quiet hour in the morning busily sewing the last few triangles and unpacking the red and cream scrap baggies to make one of the three 150 Canadian Women blocks for that week. Rather fitting as well is that it was for the woman who was instrumental in introducing Home Economics, aka Domestic Science, courses for girls in public schools.
Bella helped out, as per usual.
|This corkscrew pose was due to it being a little hot, and a need to work out a couple of kinks in her spine.|
150 Canadian Women Project
Here are blocks 52-54.
I haven't been sewing for a few days because we are migrating back to our Canadian home, meandering a wee bit this year so this could happen:
Tish's longarm story again, which will give you chills, this time as told by her cousin Doug, who is basically her big brother. We even had breakfast together the following morning, and afterwards got to meet her fur kids, darling pibble boys, small rescue dog Maggie and three cats, before heading up the road a mere 3 hours or so to our next rendez-vous, getting together once again with Julie and her husband, and meeting the last two of her five kids (we've already met the first 3) and their wonderful dogs, two of whom are pibbles. How we love dog peeps! I was on the floor at Tish's house with her three canine kids, and then at Julie's son's house with five dogs milling around, getting kisses, giving pats, and in LOVE. I know I will treasure these get-togethers for the rest of my life.
We are currently visiting our daughter, Dayna, for a few days before we cross the river back into Ontario, Canada, and head to our new little house. I think I may have succeeded in bringing the sun north; it was in and out the first day, and then in the later afternoon it came fully out the next day, and this morning a clear blue sky! How I love to see and hear all the various birds chirping merrily away, so busy! Canada geese are establishing nesting rights on the pond; I associate their honks and calls and splashing and waddling with early Spring..."Fly Away Home" anyone? Love that movie.
I was able to take advantage of a great St. Patrick's Day sale at Alma Sue's Quilt Shop in Sarasota. All fabric was 20% off, even the $5/yard rack!
|All of these were $4/yard except for the stripe!!|
These are just two of Craftsy's Boundless Blenders line (affiliate link) that were waiting for me here at Dayna's. I also bought a fat quarter stack of blues for a midnight blue-themed quilt. OMG they are incredibly rich! At $9.40/yard all day long, they are an incredible price to boot. The pink is a stash addition, and the olive/purple/aquamarine one will be a border for the midnight blue quilt. Midnight!! Tonight Angela Walters' Midnight Quilt Show is back! Cannot WAIT!!
Update on Two Non-Quilting Goals
One goal was to watch more TV. I know it seems weird but I am just not a TV-watching person, yet there are a lot of very good shows out there. I finished season 1 of 'Gilmore Girls', I have one episode left in season 1 of 'Happy Valley' and I've started the new season of 'Grace and Frankie'. I watched a few more episodes of 'Call the Midwife' so I am now in season 4. I've also watched the first three episodes of season 2 of 'La Femme Nikita' and a couple of season 1 of 'Murdoch Mysteries'. I even watched the movie, 'The Breakfast Club'! Unfortunately, the Craftsy classes I need to finish... still need to be finished.
As for books, I've read nine so far this year. A few of the most recent ones were thanks to other quilters' recommendations.
The same quilter who had recommended the Nawaz book also recommended Threading My Prayer Rug. A Pakistani-born, American immigrant of the 70s was the next Muslim author I read. Interesting to note is how to pronounce Muslim: think pussycat, push, put, and that 'u' sound is how you say it, followed by an 's' sound, not a 'z', not rhyming with 'buzz'. Interesting also, yet sadly, that along with all the media's misinformation, the majority of them do not pronounce it correctly. This was a very eye-opening view of America from a tolerant practising Muslim.
Midget Gem Quilts mentioned on Instagram, a modern day take on a play I used to teach my grade 12 English classes, "The Taming of the Shrew". It was good, a light read from this American author. Currently, I'm reading another historical fiction, New York.which is very good, just a dozen pages in. He is English, but has lived for 30-odd years in New York and Connecticut, according to his Amazon author page. I haven't read any of his books before, but from my first impression of this one, a recommendation from a former teaching colleague, I will be reading more.
What is my point for telling you the nationalities of these authors? I think it's to show that our world is a global community, and that being open to various cultures and religious points of view can help to promote that sense of togetherness. I think as quilter-bloggers, we have more of a sense of this than most. Travelling around the world and through time from the comfort of your armchair, beach chair, bed, or wherever you choose to appreciate art in word form, can enlighten a person and help create tolerance for all humans.
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