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Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekly update: batik blocks

On Tuesday evening I went to Grayslake North H.S. to present a scholarship to a graduating senior. AAUW (Waukegan Area Branch) awards two $500 scholarships to girls who plan to major in a STEM field.  GNHS is 15 miles and two school districts away from where I live, but I knew two of the other scholarship presenters (one from P.E.O./Lake County Women's Coalition, the other from GFWC) and one of the faculty members (who lives in Zion).

The weather was great for Friday's Rotary Golf Outing.  I helped with set-up on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. The dinner and silent auction were lively.  I contributed Nine-by-Nine Patch, which brought $175, and a certificate for a t-shirt quilt, which brought only $125 (someone will get a good deal).  This was our club's 17th golf outing.  The proceeds, nearly $30,000, support local and international projects, including $12,000 in scholarships for Zion-Benton Township High School.  (In addition to my husband's and my major sponsor status, plus the quilts, I bought raffle tickets. This year I won a gift basket from my beauty salon with a certificate for a mani/pedi and shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries.)

(Red noses for a good cause: this was a heads/tails elimination game. The last person standing (not me) got $250.)

We left the golf course at sunset.  I had to take a picture to complement sunrise photos that I've shown.

Meanwhile, in the studio:  my chief accomplishment for the week was finishing Baby Bird's I Spy which you can see in the previous post.

I made more batik stars.  I'm contemplating what color to use for sashing. (Without it the four nine-patches at each intersection will be blobs.)

Busy week coming up with two medical procedures (it's that time again), an Every Quilt Tells a Story program for a P.E.O. chapter, my last library system board meeting, and the AAUW fundraiser purse-and-accessory sale.

I'm linking up with
Oh, Scrap!
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday


  1. Sounds like you've been having a lot of fun with some special people. I like your quilt with the beige of the design wall showing for the sashing - in the photo it looks the same colour as the star points.

  2. You are busy! Sounds like your efforts are successful in charity and it makes you feel good. Love the batik stars. I think a neutral tan batik would be a great choice.

  3. Great charity work! Your batik stars just the design and your fabric colors.

  4. Your batik stars are really progressing. I wonder what a thin dark plum would look like for the sashing. I bet those colors pop. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  5. can not go wrong with batiks at all...another beauty nann!

  6. The Batik Stars are gorgeous! Hope you get some time for stitching in this week.

  7. What is the block name for your Batik Stars? They're wonderful!

  8. A busy week for you. You certainly give back to your community. That was a lovely 9 patch quilt -- the grey was so nice as a sashing. Your stars are wonderful. I just sashed my batik rails with black. If I had some really dark navy blue that would have been my first choice. I generally audition sashing and sometimes borders after the center blocks have been made. It is amazing how the right fabric will tell you it's suppose to be part of a quilt. Of course, if you don't own the right fabric....

  9. Good luck with the "procedures", mine was in April, so I can commiserate. Beautiful blocks!

  10. Those stars are amazing! I can definitely see why you want to add sashing - it will allow those stars to shine. :) Thanks for linking to Main Crush Monday!


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