Monday, May 6, 2019

Weekly update: AAUW convention (with fabric) -- and RSC and Block Lotto

I picked up Erika shortly before 8:00 on Friday morning and we headed to Springfield for the AAUW convention.  We got through rush hour traffic without any delay and arrived in good time.  I'd last been at the Springfield Crowne Plaza for the P.E.O. state convention.  It was funny to be familiar with the layout but to be with a different group of people. 

AAUW CEO Kim Churches gave the keynote address on Friday evening.  Under her leadership there is an ambitious new strategic plan that focuses on economic security, education and training, and leadership.  (YOU can help ensure economic security for yourself and other women in your life: )

In 2018 Betsy Dirksen Lonergan ran for Congress in the 13th-IL. which stretches diagonally from Decatur/Champaign-Urbana through Springfield to Edwardsville/Glen Carbon.  She lost by *1%* -- and she's going to try again in 2020.

Dr. Zoe Spencer received support from AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund in her case against Virginia State University.  She is a tenured professor but two administrators who had lesser credentials and experience than she did were reassigned to faculty positions with a lighter course load than hers -- and they got 25% higher pay. 

Dr. Natasha Casey teaches communications at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL. Her presentation on Media and Information Literacy was very interesting.

The convention ended at 4 p.m. on Saturday with the raffle drawing for Good Fortune.    The fortunate winner is an AAUW from Deerfield.  The proceeds were  $510 for AAUW Funds!    (This was the 17th spring raffle quilt I've contributed.  I estimate the proceeds over all the years are over $6500.)

The two tote bags ( photo here ) I made for the Gender Equity Fund brought $40 and $65.

The drive home was uneventful. I pulled into our garage at 8:35 p.m.

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After the GEF committee meeting on Friday afternoon I had enough time to drive to Rochester -- just six miles from Springfield -- to check out  Peace and Applique.  WOW!  It occupies an 1848 building (four narrow and long rooms) with Bernina machines and 7000 bolts of fabric -- modern, reproduction, batik, and "regular."

 Yes, I indulged.  But not too much.

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Back home, in the studio:

Orange is the RSC color for May.  I made the HSTs last week and assembled them Sunday evening. The pinwheels are 6.5".  I'm making the equivalent of one per day, so 31 for May. (You can see January-April in this post .)  I don't have a project in mind but the units will be handy to have.

I made five pairs of T blocks for the May Block Lotto .

Monday linkups:
RSC So Scrappy
Design Wall Monday
Moving It Forward
Oh Scrap!
Monday Making


Claire said...

Some year I plan to do the RSC challenge. I like your idea of making parts for future use rather than a specific quilt.

Kate said...

Wow, you had a busy week. A conference, a quilt shop expedition and stitching. Your orange pinwheels are very fun. Happy stitching this week.

Louise said...

Oo, I like your pretty fabric purchases! And the raffle really did well on Good Fortune. Congratulations on raising so much money! Was the entire raffle done at the convention, with paper tickets? Or were some of the entries done electronically in advance? I'm looking to run an online raffle for a charity and would appreciate any tips or resources for that if you have them.

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing your convention and travels. Congratulations on your many raffle quilts for AAUW.