Saturday, November 09, 2019

Star-Crossed Plaid is Finished

My sister was kind enough to machine quilt Star-Crossed Plaid for me and I got the binding finished last night. It is interesting to me that the star blocks don't show up as well in this finished photo. 

Friday, November 08, 2019

What Could Have Been

My Facebook memories this morning reflect hope, optimism, and confidence.

I don't want to see tomorrow's memories.

It was three years ago today that we voted for the most qualified person ever to run for President of the United States. A woman whose mantra begins "Do all the good you can . . . ."

"We've got this," we thought. "We've got this," we said.

But we were mistaken.

Now we are heading into the last year of our national nightmare. Three years in which countless tweets have insulted countless individuals. In which our standing in the world has crumbled. In which women have worked and fought to hold onto rights that should be unquestioned, unchallenged. In which children have been separated from their parents and caged until they could be shipped off to placement with unknown people in unknown places. In which a lewd, rude, narcissistic, racist man has continued to put himself, his family, and his cronies ahead of the nation he promised to lead. In which our National Parks are increasingly threatened. In which a Swedish schoolgirl knows and understands more about the devastation that is happening to our planet than the President of the United States does. I could go on. And on.

And so we enter the last year of this horrible presidency. It is going to be a rough year in which the Democratic candidates will demean each other in order to put themselves front and center. In which Mr. Trump will insult, lie about, and castigate all of them. In which families, already split, will become further divided.

How can we bear it?

I've thought about her so many, many times during these three years. I remember the one glimpse I had of the inauguration. Seeing her on the platform, I thought (and said), "I wish I'd had the foresight to invite her to lunch today. Then she wouldn't have to be there. How can she bear it?"

She bore it. She bears it. And so shall we. 

The upcoming months will be brutal, and we will bear it. This woman for whom my admiration only continues to grow has shown us that we can.

In due time, a candidate will emerge as the one to defeat the incumbent. Once again, we'll have hope, optimism, and confidence. And we will work as hard as we can to see her or him elected.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Another Pattern Test

Well, I've got my Christmas Shopping/Making List started and there are way too many blank spaces. One name, however, has "placemats" beside it. And I've been dragging my feet about this. It isn't a big job to make a pair of pretty placemats, but I just couldn't get started.

Then Becca asked for volunteers to test a pattern for a single block. When I saw the block, I knew the placemats were now conquered!

I made two blocks to test the pattern. I love the design. The pattern was much easier to make than it looks. Yes, there are a lot of pieces (37, I think!) and there is a lot of detail. But the directions are clear and I'm a pretty heavy pinner, so I didn't have any trouble at all.

I have some fabric that I bought for a particular project and then I realized that the directionality of the print wouldn't work for that project. But it will work very nicely as placemat back!

So, it won't be long before I move on to the next name on the list!

#batonabom #prettypineydesigns