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July 27, 2021
Butterfly Baby Quilt Flitted Away from Fret Not Yourself

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
~Vince Lombardi


The butterfly quilt is finally finished. Can you believe these blocks began in 2017 and have been hibernating in a box for four years?

The inner border gives a needed break and the light fabric sets off the green backgrounds although a different light fabric might have worked better. Still, this is the best in my stash and these quilts are about using what's on hand as well as welcoming a new child.

Butterfly Baby quilt

Nothing much will show on the ...

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July 26, 2021
Weekly update: wildflowers! , blocks assembled, and reading from With Strings Attached

 Signs of progress:  the Zion Woman's Club board and the AAUW Waukegan Branch board met this week. Both groups met in person for the first time in over a year.  It was so good to be together! 

(Left: though this is specifically AAUW, it's representative of the other groups I'm in.  Sitting next to one another in someone's living room after a potluck dinner!)

Stevens and I made several visits to different parts of Illinois Beach State Park and also to one of the forest preserves this past week.  Here are just some of the many ...

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July 20, 2021
Butterflies Burst their Cocoons from Fret Not Yourself

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. 
Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
~Pearl S. Buck


Ok. So they weren't in cocoons but only because they aren't real butterflies. These are blocks I started years ago that somehow ended up in a baggie in the back of a drawer. Actually only about twenty were sewn. The rest of the baggie was green backgrounds and black-and-white bodies. 

I decided to use larger pieces from the scrap bag and a few other leftovers to make the rest ...

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July 19, 2021
Weekly update: the flock is growing, and this week's books from With Strings Attached

 (Just a short post this time.)

I need 100 Birds in the Air blocks for the wedding quilt.  They'll be assembled in 25 sets of four -- 13 of one color and 12 of the other.  That means 52 + 48 individual blocks.  Each cutting creates two blocks so I just used each of the blue prints until I'd used them all -- more than 52, I'm sure.  I'm now working on the greens.

(Confession:  I went fabric shopping to get more greens.)

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All That She Carried,
by Tiya Miles

In the 1850's Ashley, a 9-year-old enslaved girl ...

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July 12, 2021
Weekly update: wildflower bounty, new scrappiness, and reading from With Strings Attached

 Wildflowers are in abundance at Illinois Beach State Park and the forest preserves (McDonald Woods).

Left: creeping juniper, also called Waukegan juniper because it is native to this part of the lakeshore; shrubby St. John's wort.
Center: evening primrose. Left: white meadowsweet.  Right: butterfly bush.

Soapwort, pinnate prairie coneflower, creeping thistle.   Turk's cap lily (twice), bladder campion, pale purple coneflower, sawtooth sunflower.  

This was new to me.  rattlesnake master, eryngium yuccifolium. Also called button snakeroot or bear grass.  Note the yucca-like leaves.  It's very invasive. The upper-left photo shows an entire meadow of them, with a few ...

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July 6, 2021
Words on Back from Fret Not Yourself

Worrying about things you can't control is a waste both on the baseball field and in life..
~Tom Swyers


Like the Phillies quilt, no one should be in doubt which team is represented. I appliqued Phillies on the front last time but the border is already busy enough so their name must go on back. Large enough for to read from the opposite side of the park.

This is the last of the solid black fabric. I could buy more but trolling through my stash brought two black prints to the surface. The team name will be strongest ...

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July 5, 2021
Weekly update: RSC and reading from With Strings Attached

**Don't miss the previous post with photos from our visit to the Endangered Species quilt exhibit**
Happy Independence Day!   I hope you and your family celebrated as much or as little as you pleased. (We stayed indoors in the air conditioning.) 

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Dark blue is the July color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  

This year I  am making 16 framed four-patch blocks each month. They're 5.5" unfinished.

I'm also participating in Joy's Table Scraps Challenge with two potholders in the monthly color.

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I picked up the Magpies' hug quilt at the beginning of the week.  LeAnn ...

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June 29, 2021
Weekly update: birthday week, ALA, fabric discoveries, a finish, and reading from With Strings Attached

Extraordinary times

If these were ordinary times I wouldn't be composing a blog post this weekend. I'd  be caught up in the activities of the American Library Association Annual Conference.  Well, I still was, but the event was virtual and I attended from the comfort of home.  I had committee meetings on Thursday, Saturday, and today (Sunday). 

Saturday morning I moderated the Retired Members Round Table program featuring Pamela Bannos, a art history/photography professor at Northwestern, whose has done extensive research on Vivian Maier. The book is subitled, "A photographer's life and after life."  

Dr. Bannos ...

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Sashing and Bordering the Giants Baseball Quilt Top from Fret Not Yourself

There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.
~Tommy LaSorda


The red and white stripe worked so well on the Wheel quilt so once I realized I didn't want wide sashing, this black and white became the hands down choice. Orange and black are Giants colors plus the black and white reminds me of umpires... although baseball umpires wear solid colors. Plus the stripe goes so well with the border fabric, I piece I've held for many years not knowing where to ...

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June 22, 2021
Weekly update: estate sale, a finish, and reading from With Strings Attached

 But first, a few wildflowers at Camp Logan/Illinois Beach (June 15).  The wild flag iris is still in bloom (but about over now). Also: hedge bindweed aka "bell bind"; flowering spurge; rudbeckia aka Blackeyed Susan; green bulrush; bird's-foot trefoil; spiderwort aka Bluejacket or Widow's Tears; oxeye daisy.

On Friday I picked up Erika and we drove to Nordstrom's at Woodfield Mall to have lunch with six other AAUW friends from the northern suburbs.  It was SO wonderful to see everyone in person!!   (We've met at Nordstrom's cafe a couple of times before. I don ...

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Adding a Catcher to the Baseball Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself: to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled.
~Michael Chabon


Nine men out and they mostly look alike. Who on the field looks different? The catcher. His shin guards extend over the top of his knees and his chest protector covers shoulders to waist. Redrafting the shoulders to ...

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June 16, 2021
Playing in Knickers from Fret Not Yourself

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; 
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. 
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
~George Bernard Shaw


Ballplayers wear uniforms on the field so it can be hard to differentiate them but I wanted to try. Several recent {and many past} Giants players wear knickers. The top half is the same but I redrafted the legs. The pieces are casually set on the background but don't they look delightfully alive. I love the casual way he's standing but it would require appliqué and ...

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June 14, 2021
Weekly update: the garden, a new flimsy, and reading from With Strings Attached

 Illinois officially opened up on Friday with fewer Covid restrictions in place.  My P.E.O. chapter met for lunch on Saturday (we brought our own) -- the first in-person gathering since August.  Church services on Sunday were mask-optional.  There were twice as many people as we've had over the spring.  

A light fog over the lake on Thursday was not a harbinger of rain, unfortunately.  We are in a moderate-to-severe drought.  On Saturday we saw the clouds that brought 1" to the suburbs just south of us but not a drop fell here.

I have been watering the vegetable ...

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June 8, 2021
My Reading Log- March 2021 from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

March 2021

Like I said before, there's almost nothing to post for this month. 

This isn't going to take long at all. 


Calculated Risks by Seanan McGuire (new InCryptid novel!! I adore Greg, just saying...)

Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Yeah. So... That's March. 

The good news is that April looks a little better than this. And May, while heavy on the graphic novels, is almost looking normal. So, that's good. 

This is the nadir (so far) of my slump of the year. Really hoping it doesn't this bad again. It ...

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Starting Another Baseball Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.
~Vince Lombardi


Rarely has my dear husband (DH) been as excited about a quilt as he was about the Phillies baseball quilt I made a few years ago. He insisted it had to have decals on it. I demurred but he ordered them anyway. One was not enough. He purchased four. And... he purchased several Giants decals, too, then looked at me with his sweet blue eyes. Because, of course, he'd love a Giants quilt. 

And I love him. I intended to make ...

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June 7, 2021
Weekly update: a few wildflowers, convention and scrappy multitasking, and reading from With Strings Attached

 Each year I search for flags -- wild iris. This afternoon I found them everywhere I looked. I think that's because it's been so very, very dry (as in ZERO rainfall) that the other vegetation is not as lush as usual.  Even so I'm surprised that the iris are blooming in such profusion. The wild ones like wet feet. This year they're high and dry.  

See the exposed roots?  (Yellow are invasive; blue are native.)

I found another patch of hybrid iris. (Last week I posted a photo of the clump that comes back annually.)  

Daisies are ...

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June 2, 2021
The Last Blue Squares from Fret Not Yourself

I will continue to entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my continent and in the world, which will not allow that any should be denied their freedom as we were; that any should be turned into refugees as we were; that any should be condemned to go hungry as we were; that any should be stripped of their human dignity as we were.
~Nelson Mandela


Of course, once I started cutting these scraps of blue and green and lavender, there were many more than expected. I thought ...

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June 1, 2021
My Reading Log- February 2021 from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

 February 2021

Gosh, I'm behind. This has just been a tough year so far. My reading was down in February, too. I just couldn't seem to concentrate. Looks like I mostly only read with my girls. And all fiction, apparently. [Spoilers (or maybe just fair warning): March was worse. There's barely even anything to post.]

Here we go, short list:


The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan

book 1  The Hidden Oracle

book 2  The Dark Prophecy

book 3  The Burning Maze

book 4  The Tyrant's Tomb

book 5  The Tower of Nero

Dying ...

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May 31, 2021
Weekly update, part 2: finishes, a start, OMG, and reading from With Strings Attached


See the previous post for this week's wildflower photos!

I finished the pomegranate mug rug for my friend who will become Bat Mitvah on May 31. ("Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah. For this reason and others, it is customary to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. Moreover, the pomegranate represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning and wisdom." Source: 

It arrived on Saturday, just in time.

  She sent a picture showing it in action. 

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Barb of ...

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May 28, 2021
Some assembly required from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

You know that I've not been happy with my desk set up for the computer. When I didn't spend much time here, it didn't really matter if the desk was messy. But now that I have more and more work on the computer, it's become an issue. There is zero room on the right of the mouse to work, and the left side was covered with stuff that needed to be done—just a disaster. 

My messy desk

I had tidied up the little shelf that's behind the monitor, and all the cords and such ...

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