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Sunday, May 3, 2015

DWM: April stash report, basement update, raffle results, and another flimsy

Fabric acquired in April:  2 yards purchased ($9), 4 yards received as a gift = 6 yards, $9
Fabric used in April: 26.5 yards
Fabric acquired, 2015 to date: 22-3/8 for $73.48
Fabric used, 2015 to date: 115-3/8
(Note, too, that I did not acquire any fabric in November or December.)

Thus my stash is 93 yards lighter -- not that  anyone would be able to tell since the stash is still in the garage. This week the insurance adjuster came and made her report. We have a $5000 deductible so she paid us $803. Ah, well.  The carpenter spent two days hanging doors and door frames. He also installed baseboard. The flooring crew will come this week. The contractor says it will take three to four days.

The AAUW-Illinois state convention was in Bloomington Friday and Saturday. I picked up Jo-An at 10:00 on Friday morning and we had enough time to drive around three of the small towns en route, Odell, Pontiac (where we had lunch), and Towanda.  The state board meeting was at 3 p.m. After dinner I gave a book talk. (I began giving a book talk in this time slot when we realized we needed some kind of entertainment for people who came to the convention on Friday. Not everyone is on the state board, but some car pool with board members. Others come on Friday because they'd have too leave way too early when convention business begins at 9:00 on Saturday.  AAUW members are avid readers and they appreciate my recommendations.)
Here's the list:
Berg, Elizabeth --The Dream Lover
Bergman, Megan Mayhew -- Almost Famous Women
 Harman, Patricia  --   The Reluctant Midwife  [sequel to The Midwife of Hope River]
Hashimi, Nadia -- The Pearl That Broke Its Shell  
Ohanesian, Aline -- Orhan’s Inheritance 
Smiley, Jane -- Some Luck and Early Warning (those are two separate books)
Tyler, Anne --   A Spool of Blue Thread
Norris, Mary -- Between You & Me           
Przybyszewski, Linda -- The Lost Art of Dress    
 Rupp, Rebecca -- How Carrots Won the Trojan War  

The quilt in the photo is Lakeside Sunset , my 2015 raffle contribution. Ticket sales were $450, which will go to the Lois List American Fellowship . (I've donated quilts for hmmm, 14 state conventions. I haven't kept exact records, but I estimate raffle proceeds over $5000.)

The convention was very successful. The keynote speaker on Saturday, Prof. Kate Clancy, discussed her research about women in science (that is, some of the reasons more women aren't scientists). For more, here's her blog:  Context and Variation  I went to breakout sessions about AAUW's newest research report about women in science and about practical leadership for AAUW branches. (I am going to be the branch president for 2015-17.)  I've made many friends through AAUW and I fully support the mission -- to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.  (How can you oppose such a mission? If you agree, join us!)

And here is the newest flimsy, Red Rails #3. 4-1/4 yards (included in the April total).
Each rail is 1.5x3.5 so each unit is 3.5. I sewed units into twos, then fours, then sixteens (=12" block).
I'm linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times  and Beth's Love Laugh Quilt .


  1. You've been busy! I love the red rails. Great scrap project.

  2. Looks like you've had a busy and fun weekend. Love Red Rails, so bright and cheery!
    That darn deductible! Insurance is such a catch 22! Glad they covered part of your damage. I bet you are really looking forward to moving back in.

  3. So sorry that the deductible was so high, ugh! The red rails top looks marvelous and what a great scrap buster, too. You are very generous with your time and your quilts.

  4. Thanks for the book suggestions! I read a stack on my vacation so I need to reload. Your rails quilt is great! So bright and cheery.

  5. Sounds like you had a busy but fun weekend. I, too, appreciate the book list. Will copy and paste to the list of books I want to read list. High deductibles are wonderful at keeping the insurance rates down but a pain when you have to put your own money out. That could have been a new sewing machine, if so inclined! Red rails looks fun. It looks like all middle rails are red?


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