Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Boston Strong!

The wonderful people at my new job came together to make quilts for loved ones and strangers in Boston after the recent bombing.  They chose the colors of the Boston Marathon, blue and yellow.  They gave out a free pattern, a couple of strips of fabric to get everyone started, and a square of muslin on which people could write their names, where they're from, and a message of hope and support.

We all raided our fabric stashes for more blues and yellows.  So many people brought in squares!

Here's the one I made:

Then volunteers gathered at the shop to sew the squares together and make the quilts.  To see many more pictures of the beautiful quilts and get more information, go to Roxanne's a Wish and a Dream.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Creatures from the Blue Lagoon

As I wander by the sea, I notice:

prehistoric-looking pelicans resemble Birds of Paradise flowers.

Or maybe these guys:

Sometimes I feel I am walking through another era.  And as usual, getting lots of ideas for quilts and colors and so on.

Blogging has taken a back seat, however, to starting a new part-time job and looking for a new place to live.  Which I have found!  Hooray!  As soon as my lease is up, I will be moving again.  I'm already packing, but since I never completely unpacked in the house I'm renting now, it should be a lot easier to get ready.

I will still have a tiny office/sewing room, but at least it opens out to the living room, so it won't feel quite so claustrophobic.  And there are built-in bookshelves!  Perfect for stashing all those knitted and crocheted squares-in-progress (SIPs), instead of having to leave them lying all over my couch.

And the fish.  The fish are now packed in labelled ziploc bags so I can keep them in order, in suspended animation, until I move and can start working on them again.

Don't worry, they're fine.  I left the bags cracked open slightly so they can breathe.  (Or should I have put them under water?)