Wednesday, November 14, 2018


I took these pictures Tuesday morning before heading out to work.
There was a dusting of snow on the ground (I really dislike cold, windy, snowy, icy winter), but these cheerful geraniums are still blooming in my window.

I hope they continue to bloom all winter.

I Just Don't Get It...

...I don't understand why parents don't send their kids to school dressed appropriately for the weather. The temperatures have dipped into the thirties here ... during the day. In the teens in the morning when students are boarding buses. We have kindergarten students coming to school in sweatshirts, no hats, no gloves. We play outside for PE and recess if the 'feels like' temperature is above 20. They need warm coats that close, be it by zipper, snaps, buttons, velcro, and hats and gloves.

And, I don't understand why parents send their kids to school in clothing they cannot do themselves. Carhartt-type coats are great, but they are HARD to zip. Belts with buckles are hard for kids. Pants with buttons are sometimes hard for kids. People, make sure your child can manage their clothing before sending them to school wearing something they can't manage.

And, I don't know why an architect/building designer would design a building with bathrooms right off of eating areas and offices, especially without out proper ventilation. The staff bathrooms in my building open to the staff break room, where everyone eats their lunch, and the office, where parents check in and see the secretary. Yuk. None of the bathrooms in my building have ventilation. 3 classrooms have bathrooms in them. They were originally the classrooms for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students. At the other end of the building are boys and girls bathrooms with 2 stalls each, no ventilation.

They are right off of the cafeteria and main lobby of the building. Also the spot where I do reading during bathroom breaks. My reading times are not fun some days. Again, yuk. This picture was taken from the cafeteria doorway. The girls bathroom is just behind that spot. You can see one of the water fountains at the right edge of the picture. If you kept going you would be in the boys bathroom. Gross.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Sisters, Oregon Project

That is what I called this project. It has been hidden away for years, occasionally making an appearance when I re-organized my sewing spaces. I pulled it out today and carefully looked at it.

This is the book with instructions for the rows we would be making. I purchased it and the author, Karin Hellaby, signed it. She has a website if you are interested in looking. It appears she is still quite busy teaching. 

I printed the class photo from the Quilter's Affair website.

Here is the current information in case you are interested in going in 2019.

I remember being excited about taking this class. As I looked through the class options I was drawn to this quilt. The colors, the piecing, the applique, the EPP. But I also was a little frustrated. The pattern called for an ombre fabric which I spent a lot of time searching for, finally settling for something that wasn't what I was seeing in my mind, but was good enough. 

It goes from yellow at one selvage edge to purple at the other. It is a McKenna Ryan print by Hoffman.

Here are the rest of the beautiful fabrics I had gathered.

I also remember Karin saying that American quilters differ from British quilters in that Americans are drawn to a quilt/pattern by the colors and fabrics and tend to make their quilts with those colors/fabrics. British quilters tend to choose the colors/fabrics different than the pattern shows. Interesting. Maybe that is why I felt frustrated. I wanted my quilt to look like the one in the class picture but was having trouble finding the fabrics.

This next picture shows what I accomplished during the 2 day class.

I pieced some of the Delectable Mountain units and sewed some of them together; not enough to border each side of the 'river' strip. I also pieced on of the 'river' strips. I had to piece two purple selvages together to get the yellow-to-purple-to-yellow effect. I also finished English paper piecing one flower unit.

I have decided to stop this project. I don't have enough done to inspire me to keep going. I feel the frustration from this project more than I feel the joy. So all the fabrics have been put into my stash to await another project. I haven't decided what to do with the units that are finished. For now, I have added them to my ever growing pile of I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-this stuff.

I will continue going through my projects and post about them as I do. Right now I a washing, and washing, and washing, shirts, pants, coats, hats and gloves for little people. We have a cabinet at school with extra clothes for those in need. The students are suppose to keep an change of clothes at school and be properly attired for the weather, but often they have outgrown the clothes they brought in at the beginning of the school year, or the clothes are out of season - shorts have not been exchanged for pants. And, often they don't have hats and gloves and it is getting too cold to be without those item. So I am going through the cabinet and culling some of the clothing items and washing all of it. We have a LOT of hats, coats and t-shirts. I will keep some of those and donate the rest to the local Food Pantry. I have been assured that those items will be given out and appreciated by the recipients. It is a good project for today since I am still recovering from this cold and am feeling tired and lazy today!

Making Decisions

When I moved my sewing corner I went through some of my projects and am starting to make some decisions. I have things that were started long ago and never finished. I have kits not even started.

I saw a garland on a Christmas tree several years ago. It was made from torn skinny strips of fabric wrapped around milk carton rings. I really liked it and even though we didn't put up a Christmas tree (sad childhood story from my husband) I thought I could use one to decorate somehow and use up some of the many scraps I have. I cut thin strips from paper towel tubes and began wrapping, hot gluing the ends to hold together. And, because life was busy I put it away and forgot about it.

I am thinking I will never do any more with this and might as well pass it on. I will take to my next quilt meeting to see if anyone is interested. If not, it will go in the garbage.

This next project is about 15 years old. My parents want to take my son and I on a RV trip to Oregon one year. Sisters. Oregon to be exact. They had been through there a few years before and came upon the annual Quilt show. My mom knew I would love it and encouraged me to sign up for a class during the week and they would find things to do with my then young son during the day. He got to fish and explore the area while I took a class.

This was the quilt we would be making. I loved it. I searched all over for ombre fabric, the fabric that is used for the mountain blocks and 'river' between the mountains. It was hard to find then and I settled for what I found.

I got a good start, came home and put it away ... because life was busy. Again. I need to get this one out of the box and really look at it to decide if I want to continue with it, finish it into something different than the original idea, or put the fabrics into my stash and scrap what it done.

I remember being excited about it when I was working on it. So, we will see what happens.
More later.