Tagged Q: Quilting

Log Cabin Quilt

Log Cabin Quilt

I’m quilting again – well technically I’m piecing quilt tops together again. I leave the actually quilting – the sewing of the top to the bottom with the batting in between – to someone else who has a long-arm quilting machine. The one in the picture above is finished and I’m just starting on two more twins for our Florida guest room. I had started it over a year ago but then other things got in the way – like photography and blogging and life. The pattern I’m doing now is Friendship Braid which seems quite appropriate for a guest room used by friends. I already cut lots of pieces and started sewing the pieces into strips but it is taking more work than I had anticipated.

Pieces of the Friendship Braid quilt.

Pieces of the Friendship Braid quilt.

As any quilter will understand, I soon realized I needed a few more pieces of medium blue because I’m going to need a lot more strips than… Well, maybe I never thought about how many I would need. The pattern is for a small size and doesn’t give information about a twin size.

At the fabric store.

At the fabric store.

No problem, buying fabric gives me a better-than-coffee-and-chocolate-together high. I have even cut most of the new fabric into the required pieces so tonight I’ll start piecing again.

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I’m going to have to stay focused because granddaughter Emily is turning 13 this summer and today I promised her that I would make her a quilt after she decides on the pattern and the fabric.

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Tagged P – Pelican Personality

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I have studied human behavior for many years and believe I am a pretty astute observer. Based on this expertise, I am bringing you my interpretation of the “Pelican Personality” based on my life-long (okay 5 months) co-habitation in the wilds (okay Naples, Florida) with them.

They are very vain creatures, spending lots of time with grooming. They do this in groups, trying to outdo each other, suggestive of highly competitive personalities.

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They also seem to put on airs, adopting the Victorian custom of leaving calling cards whenever they visit.

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Sometimes they get a little tipsy (could they party too hearty?) and show off.

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Do I detect some indifference to the suffering of the little guy?

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What is very obvious is their lack of eating etiquette. They dive for their food with total gusto, causing waves for other dining patrons.

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But at the end of the day, they glide gracefully into the sunset.

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Tagged O – Organ

While here in Florida, we have been attending a church that has lifted us spiritually. A major reason why attending has been so uplifting has been the music – from their wonderful organ. During Lent, the organist Dr. Brice Gerlach held Wednesday noon recitals where he talked about the organ and selected music to demonstrate what the organ can do. These are some pictures I took after one of these recitals.

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What a grand instrument it is! It was built by the Ruffatti organ builders in Italy and designed specifically for this church as the church was being renovated to hold the organ components. There are 6,218 pipes that were tailor made out of the finest materials specifically for the unique acoustical environment of this church.

The beauty of this instrument is showcased by the wonderful talent of Brice Gerlach. A miracle happens every time he sits at the organ – he sprouts an extra 10 fingers and two more feet. He uses the subtle tones and ranges and stops that are available to make the organ into an orchestra.

To learn more about this organ you can go to the website of First Presbyterian Church of Naples Florida.

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Tagged N: Nautical

For Frizz’s Tagged N challenge I thought I would focus on nautical. I’m not a sailor and we don’t own a boat but I live in two states with lots of coastline. Michigan, bordering on 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, has 3,288 miles of fresh-water shoreline. Florida has 1,350 miles of salt-water coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. I also love to visit places that have coastlines, like Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the British Isles.

Lagoon at Sunset

Lagoon at Sunset

We live about 1/2 mile from Naples Bay and all the houses in the area across the street from us are on the dredged canals so I see a lot of pleasure boats – some of them very big and very sleek. Fast sleek. We see pleasure boats of all sizes everywhere we go along the coast. These don’t interest me and I haven’t taken many pictures of them.

On Captiva Island, Florida

On Captiva Island, Florida

I am drawn to working boats. I spent a lot of time as a child in my Grandma’s wooden row boat on a small in-land lake in Michigan. That boat worked to put lots of blue gills on our supper table. It looked something like this – although I’m sure Grandma’s boat has long rotted away.

Row boat on Nova Scotia

Row boat on Nova Scotia

I love the character of fishing boats. No frills – very functional. Maybe I like them because that is how I aim to live my life.

Fishing boats on Nova Scotia

Fishing boats on Nova Scotia

Lobster boats at North Point, Nova Scotia

Lobster boats at North Point, Nova Scotia

Lobster traps on Newfoundland.

Lobster traps on Newfoundland.

Back to Florida, I think someone down the street from us is buying old boats. I have been intrigued by these two all winter and stopped to photograph them yesterday. The red one is named “The Hooker”.

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Tagged M – Marden Mlowers

I never have been good at spelling – probably because some English words aren’t spelled the way they sound. Not my excuse this time – I wasn’t going to be stopped because the words I wanted to use in my title don’t start with “M”.

Anyway, we will be heading north in three weeks and I am starting to think about my home in Michigan. My flower garden is a very important part of that home – so here are some “M’s” from last year’s garden, something everyone up north is looking forward to.

Mum (Chrysanthemum)

Mum (Chrysanthemum)

Marigolds

Marigolds

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Moon Flower

Moon Flower

 

Monarch

Monarch

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