This is a picture of a Quilt Ladder - at least one design. It leans against the wall in a stable formation and serves to hold folded quilts, afghans, blankets, etc. The first of my two adventures today is making one of these!
Here is a photo (with major thanks to someone else who took this pic!) of some friends working today at Maker Practice in Catonsville. I was there, too, but was too focused (shock!:) to take photos.
My friend Phyllis (right) and her helper is attaching the four rungs between the two long legs of our ladder design. I see Phyllis chose a dark stain for her ladder. I chose Summer Oak, myself. :) My ladder is outside, 'curing' for a couple of days (the smell of the stain is a bit much in the house). After that settles, I will apply a layer or two of clear polyurethane all over it to seal the wood (I do have some experience with that stuff:).
I have no skills in woodworking to speak of - I did know how to use sandpaper to clean up the boards and pliers to remove the stapled on sales tags (from the lumber dealer). I learned how to use a power drill, how to apply stain, and how to mark/attach the rungs between the legs today. I watched Mary saw the bottoms of the long legs to make the angled feet (to keep it steady and leaning against the wall:). I find power saws noisy and intimidating, honestly (don't mind using a hand saw).
The class was from 10 a.m. until about 12:15 p.m. (I had to leave early - info below). That was a complete adventure in learning for me! :) Parking near the store is almost completely on the street - parallel parking. I have issues with my peripheral vision (not to mention my body twist-ability) so I can no longer do that (p. park) ... so drove around back and parked in their back lot on the access/delivery alley. Probably not kind of me ... but what is a woman to do? :)
The reason I left early (class was _supposed_ to go on at least until 12:30 p.m.) was that today was also the monthly meeting of the Jinny Beyer Club in Great Falls, VA. I have missed the last two months so was eager to get there. As usual, my friend Barbara was driving and she wanted to leave her house by 12:45 so we could get there by the meeting start time of 2 p.m. (takes anywhere from 45 minutes to more than an hour to get there by road from her house, depending on traffic, roadwork, etc.).
Show and tell is always the most fun part of club meetings. I took photos today but only of a few of the projects shown - was too busy enjoying to pay attention to taking pictures of them all. :) In no particular order:
One version of this past year's mystery project.
A Labyrinth Walk quilt made for her by her mother.
One of the uses of Nine Patch blocks dreamed up from last year's challenge.
I REALLY liked this top which is an older kitted design from Jinny.
Here is another (older) Nine Patch challenge quilt.
This one was completely pieced by hand using a layout for the challenge Nine Patches that Jinny shared.
Some very inspiring quilts, as always. :) It started snowing while we were in meeting ... and was beginning to accumulate under the trees and in the lower levels of the woods along Georgetown Pike when we left Great Falls and drove back to the Washington Beltway. The snow was 'dry' and in small flakes that were coming down pretty steadily but not hindering visibility or driving. I thought it was pretty and Barbara was glad it wasn't too challenging to drive home through it. :)
I guess I could list the snow falling as my third adventure of the day - I love watching snow fall! Behavior modification from a decade in Wisconsin - when it snowed, the weather usually warmed up. Grin. Snow makes things so lovely and quiet - I think it gives ordinary surroundings almost a magical appearance.
Tomorrow is supposed to be the monthly meeting of the Baltimore Modern guild...we'll see how the weather goes. I guess it all depends on whether the public library where we are scheduled to meet stays open or closes for the weather.