Friday, January 20, 2017

Foreign Friday

monk school
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
Last week's photo prompted some questions about the young monks, so I checked my travel journal to see if I had written anything about them. According to our group's tour guide in 1979, every Thai male was required to become a monk for three months. They were also required to serve in the military for three years. I don't know if these are still requirements.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Road Less Travelled

Road Less Travelled 
Quilt of Valor
60 x 70 inches
Scraps from earlier Quilts of Valor were used to make the blocks for Road Less Travelled. The block arrangement reminded me of Robert Frost's poem.

The Road Less Travelled
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Road Less Travelled is QOV #110

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mysterious Gift

Worlds Without End
by Greg Olsen
When a flat package arrived in the mail, I was puzzled because I hadn't ordered anything. I'll admit that I had checked out the website a couple of weeks before that, but my finger didn't hit the "Order" button - not yet. I planned to order after Christmas. The gift package was a complete surprise, and I pondered who the mystery buyer could be.

I saw a large print of the painting at the Nativity Walk that I attended with Sue in early December. I marveled at the image and sent a photo to Kristi (Thankful Me) when she commented that the Nativity Walk sounded a lot like the one her church hosts. Kristi told me the name of the painting and the artist, which is what directed me to the website where my finger hovered over the "order" button.

Pondering who sent the mystery gift, I came to the conclusion that it must be Kristi since she is the only one who knew specifics about the painting. After I thanked Kristi in an email, she confirmed that the print was from her. This print reminds me that the mysteries of the Universe are not mysteries to God and that He marvels in them and in us.

Kristi, thank you again for the print, Worlds Without End.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Night Knitting

Zombie BBQ socks

I keep a project in my Tuesday Night Knitting bag: an easy project that doesn't require a lot of attention, so I can chat. Currently, my project is using the Zombie BBQ yarn that Ellen gave me last March.

Since I only work on the socks on Tuesday evenings, they aren't progressing very fast, but they are fun to knit. Thanks again for this fun yarn, Ellen!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Quilting Sketchbook

two favorite quilt block patterns
I don't like reinventing the wheel and wasting time trying to find block patterns on my laptop or iPad even though both have an extensive selection of patterns. If I like how a block looked on a quilt, I usually add it to my Quilting Sketchbook.

quilt layout
 I also sketch layouts that worked for feature blocks.

block that works for a Quilt of Valor
Last week, I cut several red, white, and blue scraps for this block to make another Quilt of Valor. Since this is a 10" block when finished, I made 21 with red and white scraps and 21 with blue and white scraps.
a finished block
Because the pattern worked great for scraps, I added it to my Quilting Sketchbook. I'll use the pattern again when the scraps get out of control.

Do you keep a book of notes for the patterns you like and may use again?

Thursday, January 12, 2017


57 x 70 inches
Quilt of Valor
Liberty was made with the final patriotic panel in my stash and the end of the patriotic "cheater" fabric. Since I didn't have enough of the star border fabric, I added white blocks to the corners.

This is QOV #109

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