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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: sixty years ago

A couple of days ago my husband pulled a book out of the bookcase. He had not opened it, let alone read it, for a very, very long time.  He said it was actually quite good, despite the warning he wrote on the flyleaf sixty years ago this fall.

[I googled Henry I. Christ  and Andrew Jackson High School. Christ wrote more than 100 books:  English and literature textbooks and adaptations of classics. AJHS no longer exists.]

 Third Form is the prep school equivalent of freshman.

And here is the student himself from the 1955 yearbook, published the spring of his Third Form.

Mug rug swap, part 2, and the arrival of the BUP

 A couple of weeks ago I posted pictures of the summertime mug rugs I sent to my swap buddy, Antoinette in California.  Here's what she sent me in return.  Aren't they great?  (The Zion-Benton Township High School  mascot is the ZeeBee so bees show up a lot around here.)

Not only did Antoinette send the mug rugs -- she also sent an apron, a tote bag, and other delightful goodies.  What a treat!

I "rescued" this at the Salvation Army yesterday. I did a burn test and it's all cotton. I think the label says "polyester cotton" as a disclaimer. This was likely one of a load of flatfolds that dime/variety stories still stock. (At least those variety stores that have fabric departments.) I bet it was never used because it was as ugly then as it is now. ("Puce" is a purply-brown that is French for "flea color." This is puce.)  [It's 2-1/8 yds. I also got 1 yard of a current polka-dot print, a bright striped fitted twin sheet (made in Portugal, sold at Pottery Barn), and a screen-print table cloth, total $9.53.]

My winnings

Nice batiks among the assortment
The Baseball Swap BUP arrived today. That's "big ungainly package." Mine is not very big this year because the teams I back -- Cubs and Red Sox -- are having terrible seasons. [Participants swap 6.5" squares based on MLB baseball games -- your team wins, you get a square from everyone backing the losing team; your team loses,you owe a square to everyone who backs the winning team.]

Here is my BBS stash -- an accumulation from many seasons.  I have used a lot of the squares over the years. They are handy when I need a little of this, or a little of that, or some variety of something.  One year I made a jacket out of the baseball-themed squares. (Photo in this post .)

One year the BBSwappers exchanged signature blocks. I have not assembled them but I did remember where I put them. When I got them out today I found out that the exchange was way back in 2004. Not all of the people who made squares are still active swappers (two of them are deceased).  Some name changes, some location changes. Lots of memories!  And now the blocks can go back into storage.  

(The names: Lynne Cohen, Cleo Miller, Cindy Schmidt, Bethe Harrison, Vickie Young, Sarah Curry, Rusty Stubblefield, Diane Stucki, Sherry Marshall, Alice Cruz, Shona Lamoreaux, Nancy Voogd, Jen Clodius, Helen Smith, Theresa Govete, Sandy Ellison, Nancy Speicher, Connie Einarson, Janet Franco, Doris Weil, Julie Elswick (Suchomel), Debi Irwin, Mary Kay Mullen, Sheila G, Rachel Govette, Nancie Roach, Kathleen Snow, Donna Dean, Vivien Caughley, Dodie Morrison, Sandra Radcliffe, Sue Burton, Carolyn in NJ, Marilyn Goodwin, Royce Hettler, Cathy Lowney, Katie Wilson, Ellen Amstutz, Linda Campbell and the Gang, Cary Smith, Babs Schmidt, Alice Martin, Billie Bennington, and me.) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

DWM: sleeves and labels

Another week flew by with little time in my studio.  I had four evening meetings last week -- guild board on Wednesday and interviews of applicants for the 2014 Zion-Benton Leadership Academy on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

However, I did get hanging sleeves and labels put on all the quilts I am entering in the NLCQG quilt show in October. (I am 2-1/2 months ahead of time!)  I am entering nearly everything I have on hand that isn't otherwise obligated.

Hanging sleeves are easy.  Cut fabric into 9" strips.  (Hint: bedsheets are good sources of long strips.) Sew strips into tubes. Press the tube so the seam is in the center. Pin the tube with the seam toward the quilt -- then you don't have to turn the tube inside out.

The labels I use most often are those I print from the computer. I use the "business card" template in Word and print 10 labels at a time.  I use a Pigma pen to add quilt name, date, recipient, or other relevant details. I make more elaborate labels for some quilts.
I "frame" the printed label on a piece of fabric and sew the frame to the quilt.  That's the only hand-sewing I do on a quilt.

If I can't keep myself from buying fabric the least I can do is buy bargains.  These pieces came from two estate sales this weekend.  The blue sheet was used as a drop cloth.  I can cut out the paint splashes. I love the blue/green print.  The Ralph Lauren sheet is queen-sized, package unopened.  $2 for the two!  The red fabrics total 3-1/8 and were $2, total.

P.S. I have a secret project!  I'm one of the participants in Quiltmaker's Back to School Party. I have finished the quilt I made from the fabric selection they sent me.  I am sworn to secrecy -- tune into the  Quiltmaker blog on September 1!

I'm linking up with fellow quiltmakers at Judy's Patchwork Times

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hawthorn Hollow

We don't always walk at Illinois Beach State Park! This afternoon we went to Hawthorn Hollow on the far west side of Kenosha.  It is a privately-operated arboretum and nature preserve.  As the website  explains,
 In 1935, Ruth Teuscher purchased 40 acres of land in the Town of Somers in northern Kenosha County. Inspired by a grove of native hawthorn trees growing along the Pike River, she and her sister, Margaret, both teachers  in Racine, named the property Hawthorn Hollow. They soon posted the land as a wildlife refuge, the first step toward developing what is now Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum.  
Reflecting the Teuscher sisters’ interests, Hawthorn Hollow today combines nature, history and horticulture. Two miles of nature trails wind through the woods of the Pike River Valley. In spring, the forest floor is covered with native wildflowers. During the spring and fall migrating seasons, many songbirds stop at Hawthorn Hollow. Others remain year ’round, making Hawthorn Hollow one of the finest bird watching spots in the area. Unique to Hawthorn Hollow is a small but valuable area of original prairie, reflecting the type of vegetation that once covered much of the Midwest. Hawthorn Hollow also boasts a restored prairie, perennial gardens, a butterfly garden and a dwarf conifer collection. 
To assure the preservation of Hawthorn Hollow, the Teuscher sisters deeded their property to the Hyslop Foundation in 1967. Since then, its Board of Trustees has made many significant contributions to Hawthorn Hollow.
As we were starting on the trail, a small group of people were finishing. We saw no one else until we, too, were ready to leave.  How wonderful to have the preserve to ourselves!

Pike River Schoolhouse-- used 1906-1962
 The three historic buildings are open to visitors.  These are the Somers Town Hall (1857-1962) and the First Pike River Schoolhouse (1857-1906, replaced by the larger building). They have been relocated to Hawthorn Hollow.

Part of the original prairie

Jewel Weed (touch-me-not)

White Baneberry or Doll's Eyes
 Here is more about the baneberries:
Red Baneberry 

The Alvah

This past Tuesday I had an AAUW committee meeting in Crystal Lake.  On the way home I stopped at the Volo Antique Mall . The last time I was there was in 2012, as chronicled in this post .

 I did not buy this treadle sewing machine.  The spoon-carved cabinet caught my eye.

I had never heard of the brand "Alvah."  ISMACS, the source for information about old sewing machines, has this article about Sears, Roebuck machines.  Though there is no "Alvah" in the list of Sears models at the end of the ISMACS article, Alvah was Roebuck's first name and the machine badge says Chicago. Surely this is an early Sears machine.

It is fun to read about people's vintage sewing machine collections, but I will maintain my role as an admirer rather than an acquirer.
 P.S. I spent $10.28 at the mall:  I bought a small glass bowl decorated with daisies that will be a nice nut or mint dish when I entertain P.E.O. and two hankies, one with daisies and the other a signed pictoral.

Monday, August 4, 2014

DWM: mug rugs and windows and other swaps

 This week was a catch-up in my studio.  First-half reports for the Baseball Swap came out and I mailed the squares to Marilyn in Greenville who is this year's BUPchucker (that's Big Ungainly Package).
I finished the swaps for the Block Swappers quarterly exchange -- 48 4.5" HSTs, 48 4.5" four-patches, and 60 3.5" nine-patches and mailed them to Karen in Platteville..  I finished 24 Lady of the Lake blocks (blue batik + WOW) and mailed them to Nancy Near Philadelphia, the swap coordinator.

At the NLCQG quilt show in October we will sell sets of 10 2.5" strips.  Here are my contributions -- 30 sets in all.

I signed up to participate in the Summertime Mug Rug Swap sponsored by the Quilting Gallery. These are the two mug rugs (approx. 6" x 9") I will send to my assigned partner.  The block on the lower mug rug is "State Fair." I've admired it for a long time but this was the first time I'd made it.

"Windows" is the August Block Lotto block. Here are my nine blocks.

A whole lot more fabric came into my studio in July than left it!
Acquired: 175 yards ($399 = $2.28/yd).  Used: 48.25 yards.
(Remember, the guild had a $2/yd fabric sale of a quilter's stash. You can read about it here)
Verbena at Illinois Beach State Park 8/1/14

My long-time friend (we are not old!) Pat came to visit Thursday evening. She was en route home to Fargo from the WELCA Triennial conference via Dayton (where her daughter lives).  It was great to catch up with her. My sister Valerie came to visit Friday morning, just as Pat was leaving. We (Stevens, Valerie, and I) had a good long walk at Illinois Beach State Park.

My to-do list for August is long. I hope I can fit in more quilting time.

See what other quiltmakers are working on at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ERA: it's time!

This is my essay for the "Perspective" column in the July 31 issue of the Zion-Benton News.

In 1920 the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the then-48 states, guaranteeing  women’s right to vote. In 1923 attorney and suffrage movement leader Alice Paul proposed the Equal Rights Amendment to confirm “equal justice under law” for all citizens.  It states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” It guarantees equality for men and for women.

The ERA was introduced into every Congress from 1923 to 1972.  In 1972 it was passed by a two-thirds vote in the Senate and the House of Representatives. It was sent to the states for ratification. Between 1972 and 1977 35 state legislatures approved the ERA. Only three more state ratifications were needed for the ERA to become part of the Constitution. 

 91 years have passed since Alice Paul wrote the ERA.  42 years have passed since Congress approved it.  And 15 states have not yet ratified it.  Illinois is one of those states. 

The ERA has been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly repeatedly since 1972. In some sessions the Illinois House has passed it; in some sessions the Illinois Senate has passed it. In no session have both chambers had the necessary three-fifths votes. 

1970's ERA march 
In May, 2014, the Illinois Senate voted 39-11 (bipartisan) for ratification.  If it moves forward in the Illinois House, Illinois will become the 36th state to ratify the ERA. 

Senator Heather Stearns (D-Chicago) told the Sun-Times, “Equal rights are not a fad, they’re the fabric of our nation, and the ERA confirms that. From equal pay to equal access to health care, freedom from gender-based discrimination should be the law of the land and not subject to political whims.” 

When Illinois state legislators take the oath of office they swear to uphold the state constitution.  Article  I, Sec. 18 of the Illinois Constitution states, “The equal protection of the laws shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex by the State or its units of local government, and school districts.”    That’s right – Illinois has its own equal rights provision!  Why would any Illinois legislator accept equal rights for Illinoisians but deny that national protection to other Americans?  

ERA opponents over the years have raised alarmist predictions.   Experience with state equal rights provisions has been that such predictions do not come true.  We do not have same-sex public restrooms or require women to get abortions.  There is no military draft and current military policy is “intended to ensure that the best qualified and most capable service members, regardless of gender, are available to carry out the mission.”  []  Courts have been moving in the direction of sex-neutral standards in family court decisions.  []  

 Why should the Illinois House pass the ERA?  Because it is fair.  Because it is time.