Monday, March 19, 2018

Square Dance - clue #2

Square Dance - clue #2
112 blocks (two sizes)
Clue #2 for the Square Dance QAL was released on Friday. Since the fabric was already cut, the pieces were quickly sewn. Fifty-six of the blocks are made with 2.5 x 6.5 inch strips, and fifty-six blocks are made from 3 x 7.5 inch strips.

All the pieces have been used, so next month the clue will likely be about assembling some larger units.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Back in Time - Hawaii 1976

dancers at the Polynesian Culture Center
June 1976
Lately I've been yearning for color, as the landscape is still brown and grey with a bit of the white stuff still visible here and there. I searched my old photos and found these two images from the first trip I made to Hawaii - June 1976. Hawaii is beautiful and colorful - the perfect getaway (even in photos) for a winter weary soul.

Polynesian Culture Center
June 1976
I returned to Hawaii in 1985 and then again in 2010.  Have you visited Hawaii?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tavern Blues - a finish

pieced border fabric
March 2018
I really wanted to finish the Tavern Blues quilt in January, but my motivation flagged when I discovered I didn't have enough fabric for the borders. Last week, I bit the bullet and cut and pieced the border strips together. The fabric didn't cooperate well with my efforts to piece it, but I decided it was good enough and probably wouldn't be that visible when the top was quilted.

finished Tavern Blues quilt
March 2018
As I've mentioned before, this quilt is a beast (96 inches square) and I don't have a large enough area to hang the quilt to get a good photo. I had to move the kitchen table out of the way to even measure the final borders.

cornerstones instead of mitering
March 2018
Because I was short of border fabric, I could not miter the corners, so I added cornerstones, using the same fabric as the sashing cornerstones.

The backing is made, and the quilt is ready to take to the longarmer for quilting. I am thrilled to have this quilt top finished. I'll share a better photo of the whole quilt when it is quilted and bound.

Tavern Blues is a Civil War inspired pattern by Bonnie Blue Quilts and designed by Paula Barnes.

The story behind the quilt, as printed on the pattern:

At the age of 17, Mary Elizabeth Jenkins married John Harrison Surratt, a 28 year old farmer and land holder. They had three children together.

In 1851 the home they lived in burned to the ground. John purchased 200 acres in what is now known as Clinton, Maryland and built a new home and tavern. Surratt Tavern was also a post office, a safe house for the Confederate underground, a polling place, and an inn. 

Over the years, John Surratt became an alcoholic and was reportedly both mentally and physically abusive to Mary. 

After his sudden death of a stroke in 1862, Mary was forced to sell off land to pay off her husband's debts. She moved into a townhouse her husband had purchased earlier in Washington, D.C., and she rented the tavern to an ex-policeman, John Lloyd, who would later testify against her in the conspiracy trial of Lincoln's assassination. 

Mary turned the townhouse into a boarding house, and it was there that Mary's son John Surratt Jr., a Confederate spy during the war, introduced her to John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators. 

Mary Surratt and three other conspirators were tried and found guilty in the assassination plot of President Lincoln and as a result were sentenced to death. On July 7, 1865 they were sent to the gallows and hung, making Mary Surratt the first woman to be executed by the United States government. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sock Knitting Continues

women's size 9 - 10
March 2018
Most of the sock yarn in my stash is self-striping, and I enjoy watching the stripes reveal themselves as I knit. The stripes keep me motivated, as I will pull the yarn out of the ball and challenge myself to knit just one more stripe.

Ellen gifted this ball of yarn to me, and I love the colors. Thanks again, Ellen!

Yarn: Cascade Yarns - Heritage Prints (#22 - Fall Harvest)
           75% superwash merino, 25% nylon

Needles:  US size 2

Stitches: cuff - 64 stitches, foot 60 stitches

baby hat knit with scraps from Fall Harvest socks
I decided to use the scrap yarn immediately to knit a baby hat. Only a small bit of this yarn remains, and soon it will be combined with other bits to knit another baby hat for donation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Patriot - clue #4

The Patriot mystery QOV
clues 1 - 4
March 2018
Clue #4 produced another set of 9.5 inch rail fence blocks. I decided to use both white and red string scraps and made my "rails" irregular. The four 3.5 inch strips of scraps are 30ish and 40ish in length.

Clues for this mystery can be found here:

    Fabric Requirements

    Clue #1

    Clue #2

    Clue #3

    Clue #4

Monday, March 12, 2018

Patriotic Pride

Patriotic Pride
60 x 70 inches
Quilt of Valor #136
The Patriotic Pride panel was purchased at the Dubois quilt show last year. The panel is produced by Studio Fabrics and is pattern #3596P

I love how the names fit in the shape of each State.

This is first UFO finish for March.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Give Me a Break!

As ridiculous as it seems, I cannot answer my phone if I don't recognize the number on caller ID. I am being besieged with telemarketing calls: forty-five calls in the short month of February, and as of today, I have received 23 calls in March.
I registered on the Do Not Call list in 2008, and according to the Registry, my number is still listed. It appears the crooks have outsmarted the authorities once again. The problem is that they change numbers so quickly that they cannot be tracked or even blocked.

Some calls I receive are local numbers, and others appear on my caller ID with names I recognize, but they are not those individuals: their numbers have been "cloned."

Technology is allowing the telemarketing industry to legally stalk and harass citizens. If someone rang our doorbells two, three, or four times a day, local authorities could deal with them.

Ignoring the calls is not working and being on the Do Not Call registry is not working. Disconnecting the phone is the only solution to this frustrating situation; however, I don't want to go to that extreme.

How do you handle this annoying problem?

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