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Sunday, March 17, 2013

DWM: palindromes, pi(e)s, precautions, podiums -- plus progress and pinwheels!

The letter this week is "P," to continue the alliteration from last week's post.

* 3-13-13 was a palindrome day (when you don't know if you're coming or going).

* 3-14 was Pi Day.   The library staff association hosted Pie Day.  I made a quiche with bacon and Swiss cheese and a dollop of "Sunny Paris" seasoning from Penzey's (garlic, shallots, chives, basil, bay leaf, peppercorns, tarragon, dill weed) and there were no leftovers.

* 3-15 was that day of precaution that Caesar did not heed.  Actually, every month has "ides," which just means  "the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of the other months in the ancient Roman calendar." 

* 3-17 is St. Patrick's Day.  With temperatures in the low 30's
and a brisk north with I'm glad I didn't have to be in any parades.

* Podiums -- more precisely, podium.  This weekend the library, the Winthrop Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and the Zion Area Chamber of Commerce cosponsored candidate forums for the upcoming consolidated election.  This biennial election, in April, is for trustees for municipal, township, school, and other units of local government (like libraries and park districts).  I was the moderator for the four forums:  Winthrop Harbor Village and School District 1 on Friday evening; Zion-Benton Township High School district 126 on Saturday morning; Zion Township and City on Saturday afternoon; and Beach Park Village on Sunday afternoon.  (The other units of government, including the library, have uncontested races.)  Attendance was not overwhelming -- Zion drew 45, Beach Park about 40, ZBTHS about 9, Winthrop Harbor about 14 -- but everything went smoothly.  You can see the video here:  ZB Guide .

* Progress

I created "Bright Bento Box" last summer.  It came to the top of the stack of flimsies and I had just the right backing fabric for it.  I quilted a large meander in the center and the center border and parallel lines in the inner and outer borders.  The backing and binding took 3-1/4 yards.   

I thank everyone who offered an opinion about sashing fabric for the strippy pinwheels.  Carla liked the red flowers, saying that she likes "noisy" prints.  La Vella suggested that I make a triple sashing with the red flowers and narrow strips of green on either side.  I liked both of those ideas.  Then my stash yielded the red/green/white/pink striped fabric ("Beatrix Potter 2002" on the selvedge).  It didn't work as a border with those red flowers.  But some more stash-searching turned up this pink/red/green rose print (by Tracy Porter) which is ideal perfect! The stripe became the sashing.  The flimsy is 78 x 73 and used 6 yards. I'm calling it "Joyful Noise," with thanks to Carla.  I think it will be my contribution to the AAUW holiday auction in December.

After I took the photo and looked at it I realized the bottom border is oriented differently from the other three. I removed it, turned it the other way, and reattached it.

Catch up on what other quiltmakers are working on this Design Wall Monday at Judy's Patchwork Times.


  1. I enjoy your posts. I love choosing a letter and going with it. Thank you for a fun read!

  2. I love your bright colors on the Bento Box.....and your wonderful, whimsical, well spoken way with words!

  3. I'm a retired librarian. I love your work.

  4. Both quilts are amazing as always. I love to see what you make.


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