Sunday, July 15, 2018

Weekly update: gardens and three finished projects

Six local gardens, three in Beach Park and three in Winthrop Harbor, were featured in the Illinois Dunesland Garden Club's annual garden walk on Saturday.  The library is the pickup point for maps.

All the gardens looked so lush!  Fountains, garden benches, and gazing globes added nice touches. The hubcab fence was fun!

There's no admission charge for the walk but there's an array of raffle prizes on display in the library lobby.  I won two of them: an envelope with a $5 gift card for a local restaurant and a coupon for a dozen free donuts at a local bakery, and a 60-quart wheeled Igloo cooler.  I will use the former and donate the latter to next year's Rotary Golf Outing.

I finished the I  Spy quilt. This is my OMG for July. 

I used two pink prints in the blocks and a third pink print in the border. The inner border and the binding are two different magentas.

I used Tonya's Alphabet for the lettering on the back of the quilt.

I made two pieces for the silent auction at our guild show in September.  On the right: the runner is 19 x 43. The pattern is by Debbie Field (Granola Girl) and was published in McCall's, October, 2008. (After I took the picture I realized that the pine boughs in the upper left are rotated inward rather than outward. Let's just call that a design element.) 
On the left:  this wall hanging is also 19 x 43.  The pattern is by Jocelyn Ueng (It's So Emma) and was online at American Patchwork and Quilting.  The big trees look very brown, but they're actually soft olive green.
Last month I made a Halloween wall hanging for the silent auction. I hope to make one or two more to contribute.

We leave for New England on Tuesday: a visit with family, a Road Scholar course, and the Magpies' biennial meet up!

The weekly link up:
 Monday Making
 Oh Scrap!
Design Wall Monday
Moving It Forward

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Change Game: 2018 results

An email from Val reminded me that it's time to report the results of the annual Piggy Bank Challenge.   Participants save spare change all year and, ideally, use it for a quilting-related splurge 

I have a metaphorical piggy bank. At the end of each day I keep four quarters and five pennies in my wallet. The rest of the change goes into a small stoneware jar. I put all $5 bills and all $1 bills with the Federal Reserve designations B and H (my initials) into the jar. When there are enough coins to roll I do that and deposit them in my savings account. Once or twice a month I also deposit the $5 and $1 bills. It all adds up! I re-set the spreadsheet 7/1/17. As of 6/30/18 I had deposited $96 in coin and $642 in bills. That's $738!   

I will spend some to buy a bolt of batting (that's what I did last year) and some at the PIne Tree quilt show later this month. The rest can sit in the savings account and earn a penny or two of interest.

Here's the link up to other savings stories:  Piggy Bank Challenge 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Weekly update: stars and pine trees

I met a mermaid on the beach last week. I left her to splash in the very calm water. 

The early July wildflowers are wonderful.

We skipped the country classics bands and fireworks on Wednesday but on Thursday we enjoyed the Lake County Symphony Orchestra concert in the park.

Meanwhile, in the studio:  I made 8.5" (unf) stars
for the I Spy quilt. The novelty squares are 4.5"

There are two pink prints for the background  because I didn't have enough of either one to make all backgrounds the same. I'm contemplating designs for the borders. 

I made mug rugs as favors for the 2014 and 2016 Magpie meetups.  For this year's meetup (just two weeks away!)  I made pot holders/hot pads with Insul-Brite for heat resistance.  They're 9" finished. 

Monday link ups:
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Oh, Scrap!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Weekly update: stash report, a flimsy, and OMG for July

Halfway through the year!
Fabric in, June:  25-3/4, $138.50  (avg. $5.37/yard)
Fabric out, June:  28-1/8

Fabric in, January to June:  160-1/4, $503.25  (avg. $3.13/yard)
Fabric out, January to June: 338-3/8

Net decrease: 178-1/8 yards

I began this quilt before I went to the ALA conference. The pattern is by Nancy Rink and was published in Quilt magazine some years ago.  The box blocks are 8" (unfinished); with sashing, 9.5" (unfinished).  68" x 82:, 5 yards.

My One Monthly Goal for July is to make a baby quilt. The expectant mother is our church music director. The shower is in mid-August.  I have cut 5" novelty squares though I haven't decided on a block or a setting.

Here is the linkup lineup:
One Monthly Goal
Oh Scrap!
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
 Moving It Forward

#ALAAC2018: the ALABiblioquilters

The ALA Biblioquilters began when Connie and I met on a street corner at the 1998 ALA Conference in Washington, D.C. We'd met virtually on the PubLib discussion group but we hadn't met in person.  With a little PubLib promotion we soon had a group of librarian/quiltmakers, some of whom are still participating. Since then we've made dozens of quilts, large and small. Some are group efforts and other are individuals' contributions.

The very first ALABQ meetup was at the 1999 annual conference in New Orleans.  Back then there was a quilt shop in the Garden District. We took the streetcar out and walked back.   The next year we began making group quilts for the Exhibits Round Table Silent Auction. Correction:  we made one group quilt.  I coordinated it -- "a block representing your state" in red/yellow/blue/cream.  The quilt sold for $240.

This year's quilts raised $3405.

Left: Dash of Color (blocks by the group; I set and quilted them; bought by a friend for $225).
ZigZag (made by me, bought by another friend for $350)
Black White Bright (made by me, $495, and the purchaser sent me a thank you note!)
Gorjuss ($400 -- the quilt maker said it was about the easiest quilt ever (a panel print)

Left: Louisiana (blocks by group; $310)
Tumbling Blocks ($325)
I Spy Jars (blocks by group; $240)
Small Lousiana (blocks by group; $100)
fREADom ($300)

 Left: Bright Green #6 ($80)
Little Red ($75)
Book Nerd ($250)
DWR Runner ($150)
Freedom Stars ($100)

My records are incomplete. Here are the totals that I have:
2013:   $3893
2014:   $3650
2015:   $2050
2016:   $1885
2017:   $3185
2018:   $3405
That's $17,648 for the Hoy Scholarship Fund.  (Sometime I will track down 2000-2012.)

#ALAAC2018 New Orleans: celebrities, friends, food, and books

17,599 librarians and vendors met in New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference.  That's many fewer than Chicago '17 (23,485) but more than Orlando '16.  (Chicago conferences always draw more because so many people can come in just for a day or two.)  I've been to six annual conferences (88, 93, 99, 06, 11, 18) and two midwinter meetings (98, 02) in New Orleans so I've been to most of the French Quarter tourist attractions (and in 2006 had a tour of the Katrina-damaged 9th Ward).  This year I didn't have any large chunks of spare time in which to go exploring (besides, it was just too hot).

The nice thing about conferences now that I'm retired is that I don't have conference guilt (the need to learn important things to implement at the library and justify the expense).  I can go to events that sound interesting and skip those that might be boring. And I don't have to save receipts!

Pat and I had the same flight from ORD-MSY on Wednesday. That evening the Freedom to Read Foundation hosted dinner at B.B. King's Blues Club.

FTRF met all day Thursday. I'm the United for Libraries liaison to FTRF. It's one of the best committee assignments ever.  Our Thursday lunch was at Mulate's right across from the convention center.  (I've managed to have lunch there at each conference.)

The Executive Board Survivors (those of us who served on the ALA Exec Board) had dinner on Thursday evening at the historic Court of Two Sisters. It opened in 1832.

Left: "touch the gate -- it will give you charm."

Friday's opening general session was memorable!  People began queuing at 10 a.m. The doors opened at 2 p.m.  The hall was set for 8,000.  And, thanks to the ALA Legacy Society,  Pat and I had VIP entry: a far shorter line and third-row seats!

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden was
entering just in front of us. She said she was a little nervous but she was just going to follow the script.

She hardly looked at the script because Michelle Obama did not need prompting. She reflected on  growing up in a middle-class black neighborhood where she went to public schools (and the library!), her career, her family, and being First Lady  She was delightful, warm, natural, bubbly.  (She described what was involved when her daughter was invited to spend the night at a school friend's.  "Hello, Mrs. Julia'sMom. Thanks for inviting Sasha to spend the night with Julia.  First I'll need the social security numbers of everyone in your household for background checks. And the Secret Service will need to sweep your house for weapons.  Is dinner time okay to drop her off?")

The Penguin Random House reception on Friday evening was at the National World War II museum. The entire facility was open to us.   I only got halfway through the excellent exhibits.

 The Victory Belles sang Andrews Sisters and other period favorites.

The exhibits featured archival film footage and big-screen graphics.

Of course I find quilts at museums. This was in a recreated living room.

Conference programs began (finally!) on Saturday.   I moderated a panel in the morning.

Road Scholar had a booth in the exhibits. I spent two hours as a volunteer (enough time for the staff representative to get some lunch).

ProQuest/Alexander Street has a customer appreciation breakfast every conference. They get great speakers/presenters -- this year was no exception.  Award-winning director Shirley Jo Finney and actors Gilbert Glenn Brown and Karen Malina White performed and talked about their touring production of The Mountaintop. It's about Martin Luther King's last night when the angel of death visits him in the person of the maid at the Memphis motel.  Wow!

Lois Ann Gregory Wood has worked at ALA for 50 years, 30 of them as Council Secretariat. She will retire in December so this was her last annual conference.  She was honored by present and past councilors. (Her husband Don has worked at ALA just as long. They're taking a lot of institutional memory with them.)

I went to several book-and-author panels and met other authors in the exhibits.   There are SO many great books coming out in the next six months. Of course I said that in February after the Midwinter Meeting. (I managed to get more than halfway through those books.)

One box arrived before I got home. The rest arrived on Wednesday.

  What will he read next?

The Library Goddess sits atop a 15-year accumulation of conference badges. I am going to to need to start a new container.

Next post:  the 2018 quilt auction!