I had forgotten about this 'event' - not sure why 'cause I try to take part every year. This year is so un-usual, so peculiar, I guess my mental calendar is on hiatus. Sigh! I like to think of this blog as my own personal journal wherein I keep track of the things I am making and doing (with the caveat that my memory leaves a lot to be desired:). So, December is emotionally the longest month of the year for me ... and a daily post will do me some good.
The weather has been wintry lately (by coastal Maryland standards) - cold and wet this past weekend, cold and gray today. Brr! The little birds and squirrels that come to my feeders are especially hungry lately - bulking up for the cold, I would guess.
Last week was even more peculiar than has become usual here. Last Monday was my birthday, my 68th. I have never understood the fictionalizing of age that is popular in our culture - I have survived, thrived and earned every year I've been alive. Why not celebrate the passing of yet one more? :) You can always be depressed about your age the day AFTER your birthday imho. LOL!
Monday was a lovely peaceful day. I got birthday gifts from my two best friends, phone calls from the three women I love most ... and spent the day with my family whom I adore. What more could anyone ask? :) I did buy myself a birthday gift - a copy of Barbara Brackman's new third edition of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns:
I managed to get in on the initial pre-order so received my copy in yesterday's mail. So totally awesome!! For anyone who loves pieced designs and has any interest whatsoever in the history of quilt making, this book is a MUST! I went through my copy of the second edition religiously in the early 90's, searching for blocks I could render into foundation piecing designs (good thing I spent all that time in graduate school learning how to do research:).
This edition would have made my work SO much easier! The patterns in this version have been graphed correctly (v2.0 had hand drawn images) and have been colored to show the original arrangements published (better and easier to visualize than the black and white drawings in v2.0). Worth every penny and a great gift for my library. :)
I had intended to cook a nice traditional turkey dinner last Thursday for Thanksgiving ... but my sleep demons (figurative only, I assure you) are acting up again. I think I might be suffering a relapse of the chronic fatigue (long term Mono in my case) as I slept 15 hours that day and 14 each of the following two days. We did manage to eat turkey on Thanksgiving Thursday - turkey meatballs with spaghetti.
I did get to my Friday Sewing Together zoom with my friends Patty and Barbara ... but slept right through the Saturday afternoon zoom with my Columbia Bee friends. Sigh. At last, on Sunday, I woke up early enough to drag my body out of bed and make the turkey (crock pot - worked great!) with fixings. Tasty, if I do say so myself. :)
Monday I drove into Catonsville to get the first two quilted items I took to Daria - the Halloween quilts for my grandsons. Now I need to bind them, label each one and mail them off to Wisconsin. I love the way Daria quilted them and am really happy to have turned a block swap into good gifts. :)
Today I drove over to Barbara's house to pick up the four quadrants of the Hope top, along with batting and backings, so I can quilt them into a whole. That will likely take me the rest of this month as I can only do machine quilting for a short while (maybe 2 hours) at a time. Remains to be seen how long it will take me ... I have plans for how to quilt the pattern; we'll see how they work out.
I did manage to make the last block for this year's Stash Bee exchange:
Our November Bee Queen wanted low volume collage blocks that she intends to use for an applique quilt project. I had fun digging up and putting together these bits. :) I signed up to participate in the Bee again next year ... but I am trying to limit myself to no other swaps/exchanges (except very short term ones, maybe) for the year. I really, really want to finish some of the projects I have in the works!
On the subject of interesting things found around the Web ... here is a YouTube video for a musical item I particularly enjoy. I am fond of dance music - swing, jive, jitterbug, you name it - and first found out about Cab Calloway on The Muppet Show years ago. Not being a historian of music, I had not encountered him before he sang with cute fuzzy people. :) Love his music - and this video features him, his band and some exceptional dancers. Go watch it - I doubt you will be able to keep your feet still. :)
I'm up later than usual tonight (I try to get to bed by midnight) so I'd better sign off. Tomorrow is another day, hopefully with sunshine.