We revisited Pine Dunes Forest Preserve on Sunday afternoon. A hiking stick with a carbide tip was a welcome accessory on the packed-snow (sort of melting) trail.
The framed four-patch batik project is now a flimsy. In retrospect the borders (made from 2.5" squares) are a little heavy. I'm not sure whether I'll change them (smaller squares? piano keys?)...no rush.
Grassy Creek is three-quarters of a flimsy. All the blocks and the sashing are assembled. To come: a different sashing around the perimeter, an inner border, and an outer border.
I fussed around with color placement--specifically, the gold corner triangles and the gray edge triangles -- but I was able to use a wide range of fabrics in each color so they're pretty evenly distributed.
It's certainly busy!
Louise Erdrich draws on the true story of her grandfather, a Chippewa on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota. In the early 1950's Congress considered major legislation to remove the tribe from the reservation. The story is more complex than this grassroots advocacy effort (a decade before Civil Rights activism in the American south and two decades before the American Indian Movement). The other story threads involve Patrice Paranteau who is determined to better herself and help her family. She travels to Minneapolis to try to find her sister. She confronts two men, one native and one white, who think they are in love with her. There are teachers and townspeople, farmers and factory workers. The characters are memorable.
P.S. Look who turns three to the fourth power (3 x 3 x 3 x 3) on Monday! (When I showed him the photo he said, 'Boy, I'm an old guy.")