Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chunky Churn Dash UFO

I had ten of these blocks in my UFO pile. Yesterday I decided that nine of them could make another baby quilt for Susan's project. At Bee meeting tonight I'm just handing this top to her as a top for her or someone else to finish. 32 inches square.

Tomorrow we are leaving for two weeks on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. We went there for about ten years after the kids were gone from home. Charlie would take the Sunday service at the summer Episcopal chapel, and the pay was a week in the free cottage. The island is quiet, especially away from the harbor, and the cottage is right on the north shore, looking at more islands and the Lake. This year he got a call in July that they hadn't found a priest for the last two Sundays in August-- so we jumped at the chance!

I'm taking two old quilting projects and one new one. Now to see if I can fit the sewing machine's table into the car with everything else! Maybe I'll just have to use the kitchen table up there. [Oh yes, and a pile of escapist fiction.]



Retirement TIME for this
Got the refrigerator pretty empty
Know what to pack

Monday, August 16, 2010

50th High School Reunion

We went to Minneapolis by ferry, in part. This was my first time on the "new" ferry across Lake Michigan, which goes from Muskegon to Milwaukee (and back again). The weather didn't look so good, but the lake was smooth, and by the time we got to Wisconsin there was lots of sun.

One of the "events" was a tour of our old high school, still in use. Then we had pizza delivered to the cafeteria for lunch, and we had a reunion of the old Brownie/Girl Scout troop #556 from Brookside Elementary School. I am barely visible in the back row.

Some of the planning committee put on a performance appropriate for a sock hop 50 years ago. Where they got the "poodle skirts" I have no idea!

Worth going to. . .I got to see some friends from long ago, and had interesting conversations with people I never knew before. And they did NOT look like "old people"! They looked a lot like me and Charlie!


No travel problems
Time with relatives in Mpls
Lunch at Lucia's
The Landscape Arboretum

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Busy weekend

I saw this back for a baby quilt lying on the sewing room bed. "Oh, yeah," sez I, "I was going to put that quilt together for Susan's 100 quilt project."

So I found a piece of batting barely big enough, and I layered it. And I quilted it. And I bound it with some more green old fabric.

Oh, yes, it was the one with the green sashing and the confetti blocks.

Then I went out and planted 12 Russian sage plants that were on sale at Meijers. I'm still working on that new garden bed which is to conceal the new well head.

Then we went over to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and were entertained by the two grandkids and friends displaying their "minors". They were both in the choir, one at each end of the back row.

Now we have had Peter and Lynne and their two dogs over for dinner and heard the tales of their trip to Barcelona and the Dordogne.

Next weekend: my 50th high school class reunion!
What shall I wear? Hmmm, the same stuff I usually wear.
Leaving for Minneapolis next Wednesday with the ferry across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee.



Grandkids' Dad is driving them home to St. Louis; last year we did it.
Zillah swimming out to Lynne in the lake
Yummy spaghetti and meatballs for dinner

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I had a full drawer of 3.5" squares so I made another 48" x 66" quilt top for Margaret's Hope Chest.

Some of the squares were fun!

But why did I put the vehicle strip on so that most of them were upside down?



Weekly breakfast with Cursillo Reunion group
Forester's air conditioning was fixed
The porch, the porch, the porch!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Fair and Square"

Here are a few of the confetti blocks that I had made last week and cut to the 6.5" size for the workshop.

Fair and Square is the title Amanda Jean gave to this quilt pattern.

Since I had cut another set of the sashings at the workshop, I sewed most of this together last night, and finished it after church.

So this makes a third top for Margaret's Hope Chest made this weekend.



Goat cheese with herbs on slices of baguette
Black-eyed Susans in bloom all around town
Being challenged about Greed in today's Gospel reading