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August 19, 2020
increasing my fiber . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Over the weekend I was very thready. I sorted through all the floss I've accumulated (some from the estate sale) . . . it was a huge hodge podge in multiple containers (or not):
A mess. And even after I'd sorted most of it out, I still had this unsightly tangle to deal with . . .
And I actually did tackle and tame it!
Now I just need to purchase more floss cards so I can wrap it (and it can stay relatively tidy).

I also picked up (when I ordered it online and it was sent to my po box and I ...

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August 18, 2020
Home to Roost: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Rooster colour board at Clever Chameleon from a photo by Dusan Ssmetana on Unsplash

Last but not Least

The last block to reveal in the Lunarcy quilt is the Year of the Rooster. So we will finish the Lunarcy set today and make plans to start releasing the patterns for this fun quilt.

Year of the Rooster appliqué block for the Lunarcy Quilt at Clever Chameleon

And if that wasn’t enough to crow about, I discovered yesterday that the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia chose one of my quilts for their latest promotional material. It isn’t of any real consequence, but it made me feel good.

I’ve also dug out a few interesting pics from our recent Coober Pedy side trip ...

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August 11, 2020
Weekly update: wildflowers, wall hangings, and reading from With Strings Attached




I was up early Sunday morning and caught the sunrise over Lake Michigan at 5:52 a.m.  That's 38 minutes later than the solstice on June 22.










On the way home I stopped at Spring Bluff Forest Preserve and took photos of some of the wildflowers.

Left:  mullein, blue vervain, and prairie coneflower. Top right: primrose. Middle right: tall coreopsis ("tall" is part of the name).
Bottom left: a pretty array. Center: bergamot aka monarda aka bee balm. Right:  Queen Anne's lace.

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In the studio:   after I finished Triangle Endeavour (see the previous post) I began working ...

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July 20, 2020
Weekly update: plaid churn dash progress from With Strings Attached

I knew about Turk's Cap lilies from the wildflower book but I'd never seen them in the field until this week. They're much smaller than hybrid lilies. 

(Photos taken at Illinois Beach State Park.)

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In the studio:   I pieced the backing for the Goose in the Pond quilt. (See the flimsy in the previous post.)  I used 52 of the extra flying geese as an insert strip.  (8-1/2 yards by weight. This will be a heavy quilt.)  I buy Warm & Natural by the bolt which is 90" wide, so I'll have the piece the batting ...

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July 13, 2020
Weekly update: border decision and letting the squirrel out of the box from With Strings Attached




Brisk northeasterly winds brought rolling waves to the lake today.  The water temperature was a comfortable 72 degrees.


I have water shoes -- with perforated soles -- so I can wade and walk over the pebbles in comfort.




1.7" of rain mid-week was great for wildflowers as well as lawns and gardens.  (These wildflowers are in Illinois Beach State Park.)

Chicory, thistle (with an orange butterfly), butterfly weed.
Queen Anne's lace, monarda, purple prairie clover.
Lead plant, mullein (6' tall!), yucca.


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In the studio:

I've been mulling over border designs for the GITP quilt.  I had flying geese in ...

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June 15, 2020
Weekly update: deliveries, small finishes, and new projects from With Strings Attached



The sky was so clear today that the Chicago skyline was visible from Hosah Park.  That's 40 miles away.  You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Look at the horizon on the right and you can see the outlines of the skyscrapers.

Closer to the ground:  flag iris, coreopsis, daisies, spiderwort. I think the plant not in bloom (upper right) is a mullein. It is a huge specimen.

One Tuesday I drove on the Tollway (I-94) for the first time since February when I went to Glen Ellyn.    I met first with the incoming AAUW-IL president to ...

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June 8, 2020
Weekly update: wildflowers and SIP from With Strings Attached






Early June is a wonderful time for wildflowers!  The collage at the left has pictures from Lyons Woods Forest Preserve and Illinois Beach State Park.

Every year I look for wild flag iris.  The blue flags are native and the yellow flags are invasive. There are a lot more yellow.  (They differ from hybrid iris in that they grow at the edge of marshy area to keep their feet (rhizomes) wet.)

I also look for this patch of misplaced hybrid iris at the Camp Logan unit of Illinois Beach State Park.  It has really spread since I began observing it ...

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June 1, 2020
Weekly update: May round up, June plans from With Strings Attached


There was a protest and some looting in Kenosha last night.  A not-funny-prank call threatened looting at Gurnee Mills, prompting a robo call from our local police warning residents to stay home Sunday evening. It was quiet here.   I hope it was quiet where you live, too.




Saturday at Illinois Beach:  One tree in the water (but still leafed out).  Another will topple soon. Still high water on the trail.






Sunday:  the nature trail in the ravine (a block from our house):
Rue anemone, May apple, Solomon's seal, skunk cabbage, trillium, golden Alexander, ranunculus (buttercup), aquilegia (columbine).





Our friend ...

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