Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bee blocks


We are docked in Charleston, SC after our 48 hour passage from Fort Lauderdale. The trip was incredibly calm for about 40 of those hours, and I got a little sewing done. These two blocks are for a do.Good Stitches bee. A friend asked me to fill in for her this month since she is traveling and away from her sewing machine.

The block is a variation of "Orchid Orchestration," and I really like it. The Queen Bee asked for all yellow and white, which will make this cool yellow zig zag across the quilt. It also would be fun to do all scrappy, with a consistent background color. Brights against navy blue, perhaps?


During the calm part of the trip, Angel Kitty was extremely relaxed. I caught her fast asleep and drooling a little bit next to me on the pilot house settee. Even during the rougher part of the passage, she seemed comfortable. The boat moved A LOT during my final night watch, consistently rolling 15 degrees and occasionally as much as 35-40 degrees. You can imagine what that does to anything that isn't well secured, and we found out exactly which things needed to be tied down more firmly. Several boxes of my scraps are now one large, multicolored pile on the floor, and I found a bowl of fruit teetering on the edge of the counter just in time to save it from becoming mushy fruit salad.

Fortunately, the rolling was a large, smooth motion and not short and jerky, so no one got seasick and nothing was damaged. But neither one of us slept much Thursday night, so we went to bed early last night and crashed a full 12 hours each! Now we're tied up at a marina with all the HUGE fancy yachts, so we have lots of eye candy. We'll be here at least a month and a half while we catch up on dental visits, routine doctor's appointments, projects, etc. This is also where we will observe the full solar eclipse in mid August.

7 comments:

  1. Yay, they look great! Thank you! I'm glad you made the trip safe.

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  2. This block would make a great modern quilt. We are so close but so far from each other. Only about 6 hours. We will view the eclipse here in the North Georgia Mountains. We are near Clayton GA one of the mapped viewing area. My sister's B&B in Edgefield SC is full for the event. Glad your trip was mostly smooth. Angel seems to adapted to sea life.

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  3. That block is very effective. It's lucky you wanted to sort your scraps isn't it????? Enjoy Charleston and all the things to get done, the solar eclipse will be great too.
    Hugz

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  4. How fun that you could fill in for a quilting friend and make a cute block! Glad you were able to get some good rest after rocking and rolling. Do you ever worry about kitty going overboard? That would stress me a bit. :-)

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  5. We are in the direct pathe of the solar eclipse. People coming from EVERYWHERE to see it. Oh your kitty picture made me laugh....she looks exhausted!!

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  6. That sounds like a crazy ride! Bet if feels good to be on stable seas again. Great blocks!

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  7. Don't envy you the rolling!! I didn't mind the pitching when we sailed to NZ from UK when I was a teenager, way, way back, but I hated the rolling and the 22,000 ton boat was in a bad way coming through the Australian Bight, heaps of damage, had to have cabin doors fastened back in case we had to head out. It was a nightmare.

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