Sunday, June 6, 2021

Weekly update: a few wildflowers, convention and scrappy multitasking, and reading

 Each year I search for flags -- wild iris. This afternoon I found them everywhere I looked. I think that's because it's been so very, very dry (as in ZERO rainfall) that the other vegetation is not as lush as usual.  Even so I'm surprised that the iris are blooming in such profusion. The wild ones like wet feet. This year they're high and dry.  

See the exposed roots?  (Yellow are invasive; blue are native.)

I found another patch of hybrid iris. (Last week I posted a photo of the clump that comes back annually.)  

Daisies are abundant in early June -- very appropriate since the P.E.O. Illinois state convention is always the first weekend.  Ordinarily I'd have snapped a photo as I drove to the convention but this year, of course, was different -- it was held as a Zoom webinar.  

The registrar reported 548 people in attendance (chapter delegates, past state presidents, committee members) but we only saw the people speaking and the slide shows with convention business and videos with committee reports.  

It was very efficient. All the business was finished in an hour and the mandatory program videos took less than an hour on Saturday.   The time of inspiration, time of remembrance (necrology), and honoring 50-year members were by video, all nicely-done.   The keynote address and officer installation on Sunday (webinar format) went smoothly. 

 What was missing, of course, was the camaraderie and excitement of an in-person assembly. 

I attended as both my chapter delegate and as a committee chair, though I had only one vote.

I sat in the comfort of my studio.   Yes, I multi-tasked -- and I didn't miss a thing! 

Here's what I got done.  I showed a photo of the Ohio Stars last week.  I thought about setting them side-by-side. I thought about one-fabric sashing but the blocks have a huge array of blues.  I went completely scrappy and added a few pops of red. It's 63 x 75. 

# # # # # # Browsing is back at the library -- the reading rooms reopened to the public Hooray!

The Souvenir Museum 
        One of the disadvantages to today's instantly-shared digital photographs is that we no longer have the tactile memory of printed photos -- when we made extra prints and sent them to friends ("We took this one on our vacation this summer!") The short stories in this collection are like a stack of those photos. Each one sparks a reminiscence and, in this case, an entire self-contained gem of a story. Five "photos" are from Sadie and Jack's lives -- the time they went to Ireland for his sister's wedding; when Jack was a teenager and apprenticed himself to a puppeteer in London; Sadie's mother and father; and finally when Sadie and Jack went to Amsterdam. Interspersed are "photos" with stories of other people (one related to jack; the others aren't connected, but they might be). Were these strung chronologically they would be very intense and rather depressing; instead, told episodically, the characters are quirky and interesting.

The Lost Apothecary   was an enjoyable historical mystery about a 21st-century scholar who discovers the secrets of an 18th-century woman apothecary whose compounds helped other women in oppressive relationships.  The narration goes from Nella and Eliza in 1791 London to present-day Caroline.   Though things threatened to go terribly wrong in both eras, there's a twist!

I have nearly all of Kaffe Fassett's books and I had to add this to the collection.  It's part biography, part design philosophy, and part studio tour with a couple of quilts, needlepoint designs, and knitting patterns -- and a whole lot of fabulous color.   Absolutely delicious!    

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Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your 'Ohio star' quilt is wonderful! I've always loved a b&w quilt, and those little 'pops' of red are delightful in your version. I've ordered the Kaffe book at the library, and am looking forward to reading it.

Ellie said...

The Ohio Star turned out lovely! Good choices and unusual. You grabbed my attention with The Lost Apothecary.I’m always up for a mystery. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret the Kaffe . He uses simple blocks and the fabrics make his quilts sing!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Love seeing all the flowers in your area. We're short on rain here, too. The pops of red add so much to your scrappy quilt! Very interesting sashings and borders.

Bonnie said...

I enjoy the spring flowers. I wish I could squeeze some irises in my garden. I’ll have to check the yard in the next week or so. I had a hard time finding the Ohio stars. One kept popping out but I had to really look to see the others. Good choice to throw a bit of red in.

Kat Scribner said...

It's a WONERFUL Ohio Star , Nann !!! A great pieced sashing to give the stars some space. I love it !

cityquilter grace said...

wow and double wow! the ohio star is over the top.....excellent idea!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

I like how you multi task!! what a beauty!!!

Sara said...

Your book recommendations always pique my interest. The Lost Apothecary especially sounds interesting.

I love how you set those Ohio Star blocks together with a more intricate sashing. Very brave - and very successful.

Cathy said...

I always like an Ohio Star quilt but you sure knocked it out of the ball park with that sashing! Wow!

The Lost Apothecary sounds like my kind of book!

We need rain here too. I hear thunder right now. But I'll bet if we get anything it is something like 1/100th of an inch. Who can even take that measurement??

Ann said...

The iris are beautiful against their green leaves. I’m glad you can distinguish native and invasive.
How clever to create that scrappy sashing. My scrap bag is getting very full and needs to be sewn soon. As soon as I finish the baseball quilt. Perhaps I can find a block to set with similar sashing. Thanks.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Kudos for multi-tasking. That quilt top turned out beautifully, Nann!! Those pops of red? Brilliant!!