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Monday, March 16, 2015

DWM: a bookshelf and (more) scraps

In addition to polishing silver (see previous post) it was a busy week: AAUW, Woman's Club, two conference calls (one for an ALA committee and one for a P.E.O. committee), the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.  Stevens and I went to see "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" which was delightful.

The Zion-Benton Public Library hosted forums for candidates on the ballot in this April's election. (In Illinois we elect municipal officials and library district/school district/park district/etc. trustees on the first Tuesday of April of odd-numbered years.)  The forums are held only for the races where there are contested seats. I was the moderator, which I've done in previous years.  On Friday evening we heard the candidates for the library board and for the high school board. I did not pose the final question, but I relished asking it: "Do you have a library card and do you use it?" (The four library board candidates did.  One of the high school board candidates did. The other two said, "No, I use the Internet," to which I replied, "We can remedy that.")  On Sunday afternoon we heard the *six* candidates for Zion mayor and five of the six candidates for two seats on the Zion city commission. The meeting room was filled and people stood out in the lobby. The current mayor is retiring after 16 years. Economic development, public safety, and tax relief are the key issues.
The video is here .  (Yikes. I need to stop wiggling when I speak in front of groups.)

This week's quilting project is assembled and ready to quilt. It's for a library coworker whose retirement luncheon is this coming Friday. This is the 32nd (or so) bookshelf quilt that I've made.  It's hard for me to work/create with a tight deadline.
Novelties stash

On the other hand, projects with no deadline come together more easily. I have acquired a pile of 4.5" HSTs from the BlockSwappers' quarterly exchanges. I trimmed many of them to 3.5" and made pinwheels. I had a stack of 16-patches made as leaders-and-enders.  The blocks are 6.5" unfin/6" fin.   How would they look together?  The scrappy blocks are intense and busy, no place for the eye to rest.  How about adding some HST 9-patches? (Source: the 2.5" HST box.) How about making some stars? (Sources: the 2" HST box, the 2" squares box, and the 3.5" squares box.)  I'm not sure where this will end up!

I'm linking up on Judy's Patchwork Times and Beth's Monday Making.


  1. wow that is one delish scrappy quilt nann....can't wait to see the finish!

  2. My goodness it is way busy but the scrappiness is wonderful! Wait, do you have something plain, (tan/gold/cream, maybe) for a big buffer zone around and/or between the two groups? I know, I know, it's easier to edit than to create. But it is so intriguing!

    1. I anticipated your comment, Vic, and had a buffer strip in mind! These blocks aren't assembled so there's ample opportunity for changes.

  3. Love the library quilt! I've been wanting to make one for a long time, but have so many quilts in line in front of it. I really like the scrappy quilt too. So lively and fun. I think it looks great as it is, but I do know that some people like to add something that ties it all together.

  4. I love the scrappy busyness of that quilt! I can't wait to see what you decide.

  5. OMGoodness. Your bookcase quilt is totally awesome!

  6. Totally fun scrappy quilt. HMMMM, I have a bunch of those units languishing among my things.....

  7. I know you will come up with a really delicious setting in the end. You're on the right track.

  8. That library quilt is super sweet!! Love all the scrappy goodness on your design wall.

  9. Very fun Library quilt. It is hard to be creative on a deadline. Love your scrappy quilt, you can have lots of fun with all those blocks.

  10. You are terrific to make all those special library quilts for staff retirees. Some where here I have one too. I should hang it for a few months just to keep it from being lonely. Busy week for you.

  11. Love the book shelf quilt. I've been wanting to make one for my book club. Love the scrappy quilt too


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