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Letting Go

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tap shoes - circa 1974 September 2021 Sometimes it's difficult to let go of the past. For me, it was a pair of scuffed tap shoes.  When I was teaching in Wheatland in the 1970s, I enrolled in a beginning tap class for fun. The class had about ten students - all adults. None of us had ever tapped, and we had a great time learning the various steps. It was difficult to find a place to hold the class because the custodians were not too keen on having their waxed floors scratched by tap shoes. We never performed for an audience, but each week we danced during the hour long class.  I never mastered the art of tap, but I now appreciate those who have. I still remember a few of the steps, but I'm not as light on my feet as I once was, and my knees would not be happy with me if I even tried to tap.  Recently I went through my closet to clear out items simply taking up space, and I unearthed the bag containing the scuffed, patent leather tap shoes from my "youth." It was time

Cramped Quarters

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May 2020 ~ September 2021 It took nearly over two hours to twine the last two inches of the rug because of the cramped quarters. (Normally, I can twine four/five inches in a hour) As the working space got smaller and smaller progress slowed to a crawl. I work until I can’t get my fingers around the warp fabric and then I use two Aunt Philly’s needles - one for each weft fabric. I work until the warp is covered and then I add one more row for good measure.  The rug is finished and off of the frame - 16 months after it was started . 

Look Closer . . .

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corner of Bath and Nighthawk Laramie, WY September 2021 My neighbor Bunny gave me a tip about this pickup. She thought it would be something I would like to put on the blog, and it was. The first time I drove by the pickup, I did not get the full impact of this unusual yard decoration.  It wasn't until Bunny asked what I thought of the fountain -- uh, the fountain? I went back and looked closer . . . unique fountain September 2021 Isn't it a great fountain?!

Speedy Delivery

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unique mailbox Laramie, WY September 2021 Have you seen any unique mailboxes in your community?

Land of the Free

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Land of the Free 57 x 75 inches Quilt of Valor #209 Land of the Free used a panel donated by Sue and Bert O. The quilt pattern is Bevels by Mountainpeek Creations. I added the outer beige frame to increase the quilt width enough to meet QOV size requirements. 

Inching Along

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twining on the patio during a Sunday FaceTime call September 2021 Sunday, I worked on the rug I started a couple of years ago. I’ve moved the frame in and out of the closet for months to get fabric from the stash. Since I didn’t have a quilt project started, I decided to twine during the weekly FaceTime call with my sister and niece.  The weather has been gorgeous this week and the slight breeze has cleared the air of smoke. It was quite pleasant to be outside. I managed to add three inches of weft to the rug, and about 2.5 inches need to be added before the rug can be removed from the frame.  I prefer to twine outside because it can be messy with lint and strings coming off of the weft fabric strips. 

America the Beautiful

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America the Beautiful  58 x 75 inches Quilt of Valor #208 America the Beautiful was made with the Sidelights pattern (Mountainpeek Creations) and a few adaptations to accommodate the orphan hourglass blocks. The panel was donated by Sue and Bert O.