Between multiple days off school (unplanned) and various other things going on, I sometimes lose track of what day it is. I do know that today was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so I guess that means it was, in fact, Monday.
I had seen the idea in a number of places: spend the day in service, and as a quilter, I knew where my time would be spent. I wanted to work on something for the Quilt of Valor efforts of Alycia. I took a pass through my various in-process projects and realized that none would suit the purpose.
Naturally, that meant I needed to start something new.
I started with the brightly colored fabric you can see in the back, and pulled brights to go with it. I had decided to make a Strip Twist quilt, and had this great idea that if I was cutting for one lap size quilt, I might as well cut for two. Which meant going back to the drawing board for the background fabric, but the result is going to make for better quilts. I cut and actually sewed for quite awhile last night.
And then did as much sewing as I could today. I was hoping to get further, but the shop was busier than I was expecting it to be.
I discovered this evening that I can’t count. I was sure I had enough parts for all 24 blocks, but when I got it everything sewn together, I only had 23 blocks. I did some more cutting, sewed it all together and now have 24, enough for 2 quilts. I hope to get them set together and bordered and quilted yet this week.
Alycia needs all the quilts she can get to make her goal this spring. I hope that if you are a quilter, you’ll consider helping out, either with her goal of 400 (or more!) this spring, or through the Quilt of Valor foundation directly.
I mentioned earlier in the month that we had started doing a nightly reading about USAmerican History with the boys. I’m happy to say that we started week 3 tonight, and it’s going really well. We only missed one night, and one night I actually took the book with us when we went shopping, and we read it at McDonald’s. LOL
Quite a few of the readings have been about slavery or the horrible things early settlers inflicted on the Native Americans. And I’m not sure I ever really realized how much of our nation’s beginnings are owed to tobacco.
Now that we’ve gotten that habit started, I got to thinking I wanted to pick up something else that I have been meaning to try to do, and that’s learn more about how to read and think critically about books. I read a lot, but purely for pleasure and sometimes i read so fast, that I’m mostly just skimming.
So, I’m coming out, Internet, and telling y’all that I’m getting ready to read some weighty stuff:
I’ll let you know how it goes.
I would actually love to find a reading partner, so if anyone wants to read Don Quixote with me, and then try to work some other Serious Books, send me an e-mail!
In the meantime, though, I’m headed for bed.
Mary Ann (mom) says
does your mother count as someone to read Don Quixote with? Maybe more will be interested than just me.
Remember the wallpaper in the bathroom in the Seabury Ave house? Picasso’s black and white Don Quixote on his horse? Was the horse Dulcinea or was she his girlfriend?
Just looked it up, she was his non-existent girlfriend, the horse was Rocinante.
Oh I am LOVING your Strip Twist!!! Those are GREAT colors!!
I love the scrappiness of it. The constant of the black and white seem to settle it though. I’m certain that it will be appreciated and loved.
Oh my goodness, that quilt is fabulous!!!
Mary Ann (mom) says
i forgot to mention how much I like the quilt with the blacks and whites. Very nice.