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Said my piece in the public area; they nicely shut me down. Ah well, I tried to fight the good fight. Not good at recognizing when something is a lost cause.

Finished the binding on the quilt late last night, given away tonight. And what design was it? The turtle design from Contemporary Quilts: Original Patterns Based on the Drawings of M. C. Escher by Kay Parker. Made of all different kinds of blue batik to make the Dream of the Blue Turtles quilt. Extra points if you get that reference right away.

Dream of the Blue Turtles Quilt

Just keep swimming

Next up: I need to finish (okay, basically start and finish) two pairs of beaded wrist warmers in a week. Ready, set, knit!


Still reeling a bit from the lack of sales at the annual fiber guild. Not sure what direction to take with design, so I haven’t made much of anything lately.

Now of course, deadlines are coming up. I’ve been working on a giant project for 10 years, always putting it aside to do something else. Well, now it is due. Tomorrow night. Because I have put it off for so long I feel I have to finish it now or never. I have to work all day today and tomorrow, and I need to attend a meeting tonight.

(The meeting is so I can put my two cents in about my local government’s poor decision making. Letter to the Editor wasn’t published in time, so I have to show up in person and make my unhappiness known. Hell has no wrath like a woman scorned? Try scorning the taxpayer and trying to get away with it.)

And I need to hand-sew the binding all the way around a king size quilt. By tomorrow night.

Odds on that happening?

Recent reads: Re-read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Because when you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, you are required to re-read that book. Moral imperative. Also re-read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Robinson, because you have to read that every Christmas.

Currently reading: Up to book six of the Victoria Thompson Gaslight Mysteries and still enjoying them. She very cleverly wrote them close in time, so even though I’m on book six, only about a year-and-a-half has elapsed in the storyline. At this pace and this historical setting, she can write dozens of these. Smart, very smart.

Currently listening to: Two long-awaited audiobooks came in on hold at the library. 11/22/63 by Stephen King and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Clocking in at 30+ hours (King) and 46 hours 46 minutes (Murakami) for your audio listening pleasure.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

There are lots of folks around the world who need our help right now. I wandered through a yarn shop today, didn’t buy anything although I was tempted, and will instead be sending today’s savings to a charity that needs it.

Today I also dropped off a woven scarf and some knit wrist warmers to a local group. The items will be auctioned off to raise scholarship money for paraprofessionals to attend trainings. And I’ve completed some chemo caps. One more on the needles then I’ll be sending these off as well.

Chemo Caps

Chemo Caps

That’s one of the really nice things about these fiber arts; we can give enjoyment and comfort to complete strangers through the things we make.

Oh, forgot to mention that tomorrow (Saint Patrick’s Day) is sale day at the new-found Harriet’s Treadle Arts. They also have lists in-store of items you can donate to Any Soldier. A staff person at Harriet’s is collecting things and will get them sent off where they need to go.

Current Audiobooks: Magyk, Flyte, and Physick (Septimus Heap books) by Angie Sage

Currently Reading: Imagined Worlds by Dyson

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” — Audrey Hepburn

The amazing Great American Quilt Factory in Denver is closing this Saturday. They’ve had a 30 year run and the owners are retiring. If you are in the area, I highly recommend running over there in the next couple of days.

I was lamenting the fact that they were closing and worried that there aren’t a lot of quilt shops left around here. I had to run an errand today, and when done, I drove right past a shop I’d never seen before called Harriet’s Treadle Arts. Thinking maybe it was a weaving shop, I pulled a u-turn, parked, and went in.

Hello, Harriet Hargrave! How on earth have I managed to miss this one through the years? New local quilt shop here I come!

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn