Friday, September 15, 2017
Before I hopped on an airplane to California, I was able to get all my kaleidoscope blocks pieced together. I do love how all those triangles somehow magically become interlocking circles!
During the flimsy piecing, I found I was constantly having to choose between flat seams and pointy points. I mostly chose flat seams and think that was the right way to go. Even with some of the points being wonky and cut off, the kaleidoscope effect works just fine. If you're close enough to admire the points, the circles disappear anyway. And there are some fine points in there, too, if you know just where to look, ha!
I tried to get a bit of a colorwash effect, although the values of the fabrics are pretty similar. So it's really just a pink to blue/warm to cool wash. That counts, right? Is temperaturewash a thing? This one will need some borders to fatten it up a bit. Maybe a soft, solid-reading baby blue. I'm looking forward to working more on this one when I return to the boat in a week or so.
In other news, perhaps you remember this block called "Grandad's Shirts" for one of Kat's block drives. The gorgeous, finished Covered in Love quilts are now posted on Kat's site. If you want to peek at them, check out Kat's latest post.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
As part of getting ready, today I put about a dozen quilts in the mail to get them safely off the boat. Six of them are the little wheelchair quilts I made for Quilted Embrace. I donated them to the Cobblestone Quilters guild in Charleston as part of their Community Outreach program. I was going to try to meet one of the guild members and give her the quilts, but ran out of time and decided to just mail them to her house.
The second box contains toddler and baby quilts for my Project Linus chapter in California. I've shipped them to my Mom. I'll be flying out to visit her soon, so I'm hoping she'll wait to open the box for when I'm there. She enjoys seeing my quilts in person before passing them along to Donna at the PL chapter.
Our biggest concern, of course, is keeping ourselves safe from the storm. We will not ride it out on the boat unless the forecast changes drastically. Leaving the boat unattended means if something goes wrong, we won't be able to fix it, and there is a small chance that the boat could suffer some serious damage. We will be taking important items with us in our rental car, such as critical paperwork, food and water, our computers, a week's worth of clothing, etc. I'm thinking I might take my Juki, too. It's easy enough to stash in the trunk of the rental car.
We downsized our life from a condominium to a 40 foot motorhome in 2004, so we don't really have much. Some clothes, some dishes, some linens, a very few mementos. In 2014, I started quilting and now I have fabric! And thread, and notions, and two sewing machines! I'm more attached to those things, but they are all replaceable.
We just learned on the radio that the US Navy is anchoring some war ships up the same river. I'm not sure if I feel better that we'll be surrounded by naval vessels, or terrified that even the Navy is worried about Irma...
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Just a quick post to let you know that we are not anywhere near the active hostage situation in Charleston.
We've had some serious medical news from both my and my husband's families in the last 24 hours, so we're particularly on edge today. Please hold good thoughts for them!
We don't normally watch the news during the day but I'm currently at the eye doctor's office and saw the local news. This office has wifi but no phone coverage so I thought I'd put up this fast post.
I did finish a gift baby quilt this morning, but no photos to share until it arrives at its new home.