Sunday, February 25, 2024

Weekly update: cranes, spaghetti, estate sale, and a goal finished


Sign of spring:  cranes at Illinois Beach State Park.  They're camouflaged in the brown grass but their bugling gave them away.


I spoke to the driver of one of the trucks hauling rocks for the shoreline stabilization project. He said the quarry is in Waterloo, Wisconsin.  Rocks for inshore are trucked in. Rocks for the offshore reefs are trucked to the Port of Milwaukee and sent by barge, a trip that can take six hours.  Because the weather has been so mild they've been able to get weeks ahead of schedule.  

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Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club prepares and delivers spaghetti dinners (pasta, freshly-made sauce, a salad, roll, and cookie) to senior citizens in congregate housing.   We used the kitchen at Memorial UMC (our church) for cooking and prep on Thursday evening and packaging on Saturday morning. 200 meals this year!  

Our club sponsors an Interact Club at ZBTHS-East Campus. They are enthusiastic helpers.  Stevens (upper right) came on Thursday evening and enjoyed the outing. 

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In the studio:  last Tuesday was the SIXTH month of Barb M's estate sale.  (See here for last month, with links to the previous sales, and the explanation for this bounty.)  The charity beneficiary this time is polycystic kidney disease research.

I indulged but not as much as I did earlier.  By weight, I paid $1.89 per yard.  Photo shows the haul at home.  

I did USE some fabric and I can boast of a finish.  It's one of my February goals.

The block is one of Bonnie Hunter's early ones, Scrappy Mountain Majesties.  

My stash yielded a backing that was perfect.  108" wide so no piecing required.  

60 x 77, 8-1/4 yards in all. 

Linking up with Oh Scrap! Sew and Tell  Design Wall Monday

P.S. If you didn't see my post from Wednesday, do take a look. I'm still wowed. 


  1. Love your Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt--neat colorways you chose...congratulations on a beautiful finish....hugs, Julierose

  2. So fess up! Is the pile of fabrics pictured what you took home? That backing looks absolutely perfect for your Mountain Majesties. Great job.

  3. Looks like you had a blessed week. Beautiful finish! Thanks for showing in Sew & Tell.

  4. love the of my fave bonnie patterns....and nice haul as usual!

  5. It must be hard to resist buying the estate sale fabric at such a good price.
    Your quilt has such soothing colors and not having to piece a backing is such a treat.

  6. You had a busy week. You did well at the estate sale. Congrats on the finish. Scrappy Mountain Majesties turned out beautifully.

  7. Is there an end in sight for the estate sale(s) I wonder. My goodness, your friend must have had a store for a stash!


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