Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Block Party

Over the weekend I had a "Block Party" and finished Marilyn's blocks and used some of my own scraps to bring the total up to 56 blocks. Now, they are ready to sew together into rows for another Quilt of Valor.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snow Day Cowls

Three cowls off the needles. . .

Pattern: Snow Day Cowl by Sue Jackson (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Grey Tweed (2 cowls) - reclaimed wool from thrift shop sweaters 3.5 oz. each
          Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds (Deep Red) 3 oz.

Needles: US 11 - red cowl and one grey tweed cowl
               US 10.5 - one grey tweed cowl

Stitches: 72 sts

Pattern adjustments:
Red cowl is 7 inches high
Grey tweed cowls are 8 inches each
Purl bind-off

I love this pattern and have already cast on more Snow Day Cowls.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kismet - revisited

62 x 79 inches

I first posted about Kismet in June 2013. When I returned home from Denver last summer, the bag with the blocks and fabric were pushed aside, and I worked on other projects.

Last week, I decided to get busy and finish the quilt. As shown in the photo, the top is finished. I usually hang the finished tops in my kitchen for a few days to "live with the quilt," and each time I glanced at this quilt, all the brown really bothered me.

Saturday, I decided to order this black/turquoise fabric from the Jenny Beyer website.

This fabric should complement the pumpkins more than the brown did.  I'll post a photo after I receive the fabric. Hopefully, it will not take me another year to finish this quilt.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Foreign Friday

Bullet train
Southern Japan
Spring 1980
Because I lived in the northern part of Honshu, Japan and the Bullet Train (Shinkansen) was only in the southern areas, I only travelled on it once in the two years I was in Japan. It was an amazing experience.

The train was comfortable and definitely fast, traveling 150 - 200 miles per hour.

Nancy S.
I even managed to sleep on the train as did nearly everyone in our tour group. The seats flipped from front to back, so it was possible to always ride in the direction the train was moving or to arrange to face your friends for visiting.

Bev, Martha and Lavina
Nancy cruising the aisle to take photos
advertisement on the wall of the Bullet Train
I often wish the United States would invest in wide-spread rail transportation again, but since Americans have become so dependent on vehicles, I wonder if it would be viable.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Headed to Taiwan

Home of the Brave
QOV awarded

The local Quilt of Valor (QOV) presentation was made last week, and ninety-six veterans received quilted hugs in honor of their service.

I was delighted to see that Home of the Brave was selected by Marianne Lambert, who served in the United States Navy and is now a missionary in Kaoshuing, Taiwan. Marianne's smile made my day when I saw this photo featured on County 10.

If you know of a veteran who would like a Quilt of Valor, one can be requested on the Quilt of Valor website.

Quilt of Valor needs more volunteers to make quilts and to machine quilt them. None of those who work at the national or state level of Quilts of Valor are paid - it's an all volunteer effort. Please consider making some quilt blocks or a complete quilt top. If you have a longarm quilting machine, please consider quilting one or two quilts a month for this effort. Let's make sure that every veteran receives a quilt hug for their selfless service.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Back in Time - Tragedy

John S., Nils G., Jerry S., Rich S. and Nancy S.
date unknown
This is the only photo that I can find of me and my three brothers.

 John, the oldest, was 20 years my senior, followed by Rich, and then Jerry. I do not have any memories of Jerry since he died when I was four years old. I vaguely remember when someone came to the house after the accident to inform my parents.

In October 1955, Jerry went to an FFA meeting or judging competition in Lander, and for some reason the group was transported in private vehicles rather than a school bus. On the way home, the car that Jerry was riding in missed a curve on the Ethete Road, and he was ejected.

Nils (standing by the heater) lived on a neighboring farm and visited frequently.

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