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All Aflutter

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All Aflutter 63 x 70 inches Quilt of Valor #219 Two orphan blocks from Karen M. inspired this quilt, and they can be found in rows 3 and 4. This quilt went together quickly and without any problems: it was fun to replicate the blocks to create this unique Quilt of Valor.   Thanks, Karen!

Pick a Color

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Saint Matthew's Cathedral  Laramie, WY Most of the doors on St. Matthew's are bright red, and I love them! To me, the color of the doors is welcoming.  When I lived in Riverton, I painted my front door Kelly Green, but I also considered painting it Lemon Yellow.  If you could paint your exterior door any color, what would it be?

Sashing and Visiting

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blocks ready to be sashed May 2022 During Sunday's FaceTime call, I sewed the sashing on the star/flag blocks, I made last week. Thank you for your sashing suggestions. I auditioned red sashing and thought there was already too much red in the blocks (the flag stripes and half of the star points). I also auditioned red frames for the blue stars and blue frames for the red stars, but it didn't quite work, so I settled on blue.  My sister and brother-in-law joined the FaceTime call on their way back from Texas. They were traveling somewhere in Oklahoma, Brenda was in Denver, and I am in Laramie. A three state FaceTime call - technology is amazing!

Too Early?

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Over the weekend I purchased some plants for my tiny garden patch: some perennials and some annuals.  This time of year I'm anxious to dig in the dirt, but Laramie's altitude (over 7,000 ft) makes growing plants a challenge. As you can see on the graphic, the average date of the last hard frost is June 2nd, and by that time all the nursery plants have been picked over. If I don't purchase plants now, I'll be out of luck, but I don't dare plant them yet.  I'll place them in the sun and water them during the day and move them into a sheltered area at night until at least the end of May when I will turn the soil in my tiny plot and put them into the ground.  I'm trying to get a perennial bed started, but haven't had too much luck the last three years. This year, I'm adding two more blanket flower plants (one from two years ago survived another winter) and some salvia to attract bees. I couldn't resist the tiny geraniums (they were on a clearance rac

Even in Darkness . . .

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stained glass window  Ivinson Mansion Laramie, WY                           •  there is light                           •  there is hope                           •  there is help May is Mental Health Awareness month Here is some helpful information from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing about mental health and substance use in America: 1 in 5 adults (52.9 million adults) in the U.S. experienced mental illness in 2020. 40.3 million people aged 12 or over had a substance use disorder in 2020. 32.1% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. 1 in 3 young adults (aged 18-25) in the U.S. experienced mental illness in 2020. 1 in 6 adolescents (aged 12-17) in the U.S. experienced a major depressive episode in 2020. 54% of adults with mental illness did not receive treatment in 2020. The average delay between symptom onset and treatment for mental illness is 11 yea

Surprising Results

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close-up of color striping May 2022 While I would probably have not combined these colors on my own, I like how they work together once knit. I was not expecting the yarn to stripe but rather to have random blotches of color, but I do like the stripe effect. I think the gold stripe at the end of the gusset is the first stripe on the cuff. It will be fun to see how the rest of the foot looks. 

All Aflutter

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May 2022 While listening to an audiobook last week, I made more flag/star blocks. As I mentioned in  an earlier post , I replicated the orphan blocks that Karen M. sent to me. I think twenty blocks with sashing will make a nice size Quilt of Valor.  I've been contemplating sashing: maybe framing each block with blue/red, depending on the star point color, or a different color sashing with cornerstones.  Any suggestions?