Sunday, February 28, 2021

Weekly update: Rainbow Geese, stash report, OMG, and reading

Each day brings about two more minutes of daylight. Sunrise was at 6:30 Saturday. I turned around to start for home and got a photograph of the just-beyond full moon in the western sky.The temperature got to 50!  The bulbs are beginning to poke above the soil.  (Granted, these particular bulbs were on the sunny south side.)

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Thanks again for your guesses and suggestions for the Rainbow Geese. I chose to set them in columns to emphasize each color.  

I liked these vintage prints so much that I didn't want to use them!  I told myself firmly that it was high time they got sewn into something. 

Back and binding used 3 yards.  (I counted the HSTs used for the geese when I made them for the Rainbow Scrap /Challenge last year.)

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Stash report, February:
Fabric in:  ZERO
Fabric out: 41-7/8 yards

Fabric in:  58 yards, cost nothing (a gift)
Fabric out:  103-1/4 yards
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(c) Edyta Sitar

It's time to declare my One Monthly Goal for March:   I will make elephants for F and J.  They are ALA colleagues who have collected elephants for years.  When I posted The Daily Brooch series on Facebook F took the cue and began a daily post of the elephant collection.  Hers went on longer than my brooches.  All kinds of metal, ceramic, wood, alabaster, jade.....but I noted that there was not a quilt among them.  An online search for elephant quilt patterns yielded many. I like Edyta Sitar's  best and bought the digital download.  

I don't know if I will make a whole quilt, though.   A set of placemats would be more practical. 

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This week's books:

Owls of the Eastern Ice
 Blakiston's Fish Owl is the largest owl in the world. Its habitat is far eastern Russia and northern Japan where it nests in dead old-growth trees and catches salmon in cold, free-running rivers. Logging, in particular, is destroying its habitat. Ornithologist Slaght spent a decade researching these magnificent, endangered birds. The book chronicles the challenges of his field research. The birds are scarce and elusive and maintain large territories. He had to contend with the climate (severe, snowy winters; wet springs; mosquitoey summers), the logistics (travel from his home in Minneapolis to eastern Russia), the language (he now is fluent in Russian). His patience and perseverance are rewarded.


A priest is murdered and mutilated in an Irish country house the week before Christmas, 1957.  Inspector St. John Strafford is sent to investigate. He discovers a household of assorted characters, any one of who might have committed the crime.   I figured out why the priest was killed but not who did it   It wasn't clear why the priest did not have a parish. And it was the Christmas season, but there wasn't any mention of holiday preparations / decorations / revelry.  I'm not as keen on this moody mystery as other readers are. 


Vireya said...

The rainbow geese look fantastic.

Bonnie said...

I like your geese... I think the setting you chose really accents the colors nicely. I read a blog last week where the blogger had made that same pattern but somehow figured out how to get the elephants to hold tails to trunks. Unfortunately I looked at some many blogs last week I have no idea who wrote about the elephants. Sigh. It's a great idea to add some quilty elephants to your friends' collections.

Rebecca Grace said...

I love your rainbow geese and I'm so glad you're using your hoarded vintage fabric for the backing! Our favorite fabrics will be loved and enjoyed even more once they're made into something beautiful AND useful (says the girl with quite a bit of fabric in her stash that she can't bear to cut into, either)!

cityquilter grace said...

oooh can't wait to see the elephants! and i'm gonna try "snow"....

Julie in GA said...

Your rainbow geese look great! Such pretty colors.
I enjoy your weekly book reviews. I've added several of your recommendations to my reading list.

Ellie said...

The geese look great! Ready for a flight! The colors work so well against the background. Have a good week.

Frédérique said...

Your rainbow quilt is beautiful! And your March's OMG is going to be fun! Great surprise for F to have a new element in her collection!

Sara said...

I really like those geese in the rows like that. Beautiful. And the elephants look like they will be such fun to make, and especially since they are for friends.

Marly said...

Good luck in reaching your elephantine goal. A set of place-mats sounds like a great gift.

Unknown said...

I just went back and read all of your brooch posts. I also have a lot of pins. Thanks for sharing yours. I visited the Clinton Presidential Library a few years ago, and they had a display of Madeleine Albright's pins. She made some pointed comments with the pins she wore.

Nann said...

Thank you for visiting, Ms. Unknown! I got to see Madeleine Albright's pin collection when it was at the Smithsonian Castle and also in Chicago.

Ann said...

Elephant placemats sound perfect. I am still in placemat mode myself. Thanks for the recommendation of the Owl book. I will add that to my list and not bother with Snow.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Hooray for more daylight and bulbs poking up! Mine are, too, here in Colorado. I love your Rainbow Geese, Nann - that's a great layout! Always appreciate your book recommendations - even the ones you don't like so much. I'm working my way through the Katie Burkholder series that you recommended, among other things.

Deb A said...

The rainbow geese look great. Those elephants will be such a fun placemat. Good luck with your goal.

Cathy said...

We still have lots of snow and ice on the ground here but it is slowly melting. I hope to see some kind of bulbs sprouting up here soon and hope the deer don't notice.

Oh, your Flying Geese top is wonderful. So colorful! And good for you for using that vintage fabric.

I think those Elephants are some of the cutest I've seen. They sure will make some nice placemats. Someday I'll have to blog about a few of my collections!

Steve said...

We're gaining nearly 6 minutes a day! It's wonderful and we're approaching 11 hours of daylight. Always the nice part of the year when we're coming out of the very, very short days of winter up here. Love the rainbow geese.

Sharon - IN said...

Spring is coming! Our Winter Aconite are up! And Snow Drops about to open! Your geese look so pretty in rows by color, and thanks for the book reviews. I hope your elephants go together well for you this month. Placemats make a good gift.

Kate said...

It's been really nice to have a bit of warmer weather. Fingers crossed the really chilly stuff is over with till next winter. Your Rainbow geese turned out beautifully. Love the elephant quilt. Looking forward to seeing what colors and fabrics you pick for it.