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Monday, November 10, 2014

DWM: a busy week ended, a busy week coming up

.....but there is always time to sew!

I was out every evening last week, Monday through Friday.  Everything went well.

I presented "Every Quilt Tells a Story" to the Alpha Gam alumnae club. I belong to the club but I'm not able to attend meetings (schedule conflict (P.E.O. meetings) and distance (most members live 35-40 miles away)).  I took two bins of quilts -- a representative selection of mine and vintage quilts from my collection. I had pictures of quilts that illustrated different styles, but they wanted to see the actual quilts that I brought.  I invited them to bring quilts of their own. Several did -- from a beautiful contemporary stack'n'whack to a four-in-nine patch from the early 1950's to an all-wool, random-sized-patch (dark and heavy, utility quilted with red thread).  It was delightful to see Alpha Gams I've known for a while and to meet ones.

Gayle Bong was the speaker at our guild meeting on Wednesday.  Her specialty is scrap quilts and I got many ideas from her trunk show. She's giving a workshop for us this coming Saturday and I'll be there!

Alas, the library team did NOT win the community spelling bee on Thursday.  We heard "caricature" for "caricatured" -- lesson:  be SURE to ask for the word to be used in a sentence.  It was extra hard to sit through the rest of the spelling bee because my teammate Steffi and I knew all the rest of the words (and we got 'em right). The winners were the team from Congdon's Funeral Home. They've won three and ZBPL has won three.  Wait 'til next year!  [My consolation:  my tickets were the winners for two door prizes.]

The  AAUW-IL fall conference was in Springfield on Saturday. I picked up Carol H. on Friday. We spent an enjoyable two hours at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum .  The conference on Saturday was held at the Lincoln Library (the Springfield public library).  I spoke about branch financial reports (I am state finance director). I got home at 7 p.m. Saturday. I slept well!

The Heartstrings November challenge is "black, white, and bright." Here's my flimsy. When I used all of one orange print for center strips I pulled out a different print fro the rest of them.

These are postage stamps-in-a-square.  The little blocks are 3.5" unfinished, so nine together are 9.5" unfin/9" fin.  I'm not sure where I'm going with these. Stay tuned!

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


  1. Love your flimsy! It is so bright and fun. And congrats on the door prizes!

  2. Oh I love your string flimsy - great idea for a layout!!! Sorry about the spelling bee ;-)

  3. Your postage stamp in a square blocks are so cute! It will be fun to see where you go with these. Great string blocks, too!

  4. It's amazing how wonderful string quilts look if the center strips are the same color or fabric. Yours look great. It looks like you had a great week even if you weren't happy with the outcome of the spelling bee. I hope this week will be a little calmer for you.

  5. What a jam packed week. Your talk "Every Quilt Tells a Story" sounds interesting. Funny about the spelling bee...didn't know there were bees for old folks. I was a champ in grade school so that brought back some memories. I like where you are going with the postage stamps. I like cute little blocks but it does take a long while to make a quilt since I like my quilts big.

  6. Busy week indeed! I love your postage stamps. I'll have to show you mine!! Stay tuned - I'll show a photo in my next post.

  7. Lovely heartstrings quilt and I just love your postage stamp blocks. Bravo! Kathy Aho in MN


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