Who cares?

So, we are now a society divided into two categories yet again, those who play Pokemon, and those who make fun of the ones who do.

We hear a lot about about how certain politicians have divided us, but we’ve only ourselves to blame. No one can divide us without our consent. We do that to ourselves. Let’s stop blaming others for the state of the world and start looking inward. Let’s start by examining our own hearts, and asking how we’ve contributed to the chaos.

Is it any of my business if a grown adult wants to play a game? Should I think I’m smarter, better, cooler for not playing? It’s a harmless game. The insults directed at the players, are themselves a sort of game that deserves a bit of scrutiny.

Perhaps it’s possible to be a decent human being who is a productive and responsible member of society, deserving of respect, who also plays video games.

Let’s stop being so damned judgmental about how others spend their leisure time. Unless they’re out there kicking puppies, throwing rocks at strangers, or some other horrendous crime, does it really matter what game they play? Some of the same folks throwing shade (is that what the cool kids say?) on Pokemon Go players are the very ones from whom I had to block endless FarmVille requests.  At least Pokemon Go gets you up, and moving, and interacting with real people. We hear so many complaints about young people having too much screen time and not enough human contact. This game is bringing people together.

If you have time to criticise how others entertain themselves, consider taking up a hobby. I recommend starting with reading a book. Try this one, Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall. It’s an instant classic, in my opinion. It deals with issues of loss, race, redemption, and love.  I gave it five stars, because I couldn’t put it down. This engaging story will have your nose buried in a book, instead of someone else’s business.

The Hard Binding, The Easy Way

I mentioned on a past episode that I would take some pictures the next time I did a binding join so I could show you how easy it is. It really is simple, though it may take a little practice. I don’t use any special tools.

 

Step One

Leave some of the binding unattached at the start and end, and lay your quilt flat on a table. Open the ends of your double fold binding. Turn one end up, and one down, on a 90 degree angle, and finger press a firm crease in both ends.

 

Step Two

Here’s where that slack comes into play. If you find there isn’t enough room, seam rip a few inches back to loosen up the area to give yourself room to work. If the binding is sewn down too close to the area you’re working on, it will be a struggle.

Match up those finger pressed lines and put a pin in place.

 

Step Three

Sew on the finger pressed line.

 

Step Four

Lay the quilt flat again, and double check that it fits perfectly. It should lay flat, no slack, but not too tight either. If it’s not flat, now is the time to pick out that line of stitching, and try again. If it’s not flat in step one, it won’t be flat in step four.

 

Step Five

If everything looks good in step four, now you can trim off the excess. Don’t do this step until you are sure the binding is fitting perfectly.

 

Step Six

Finger press this seam open.

 

Step Seven

Finish sewing down the binding.

Tada!

 

LDQ #72 Ask Me Anything about Ren Faire

In this episode I answered the rest of your Ask Me Anything questions. I talked a lot about longarm quilting, and costume making. I had a great time looking through my pictures from those days to find a few to share with you. I wish I could share them all, but here is a small sampling. (I just spent an entire day fondly looking back)

I recommend the book Daisies For Innocence, the first in a new Enchanted Garden Mystery. So many titles in the Cozy Crime Genre are just too twee.. but this book really captured my heart. My hubby bought it for me on my birthday, which happened to fall on our weekly bookshop visit.

The first quilt I ever made was for my son, Ian, to honour his admiration for Superman.

 

There were sassy wenches aplenty…

 

And many ladies too…

Inexpensive poly blend broadcloth sure cleans up nice! I often made wench garb, and court attire from the same fabric.

 

Pirates sometimes made their way in…

 

And a few of them said “I Do”…

 

Twilt On my friends!

LDQ #69 Gazing Balls

In this episode, I talked about what I am currently working on, a queen size quilt using two alternating blocks, the snowball block, and the spool block. I love alternating two traditional blocks for a new and unexpected design. When I am feeling stuck, I often open up EQ and just start playing.  I’m stuck on my show quilt, because I can’t even decide what background to use! I am hoping the meditative sewing of the current gazing ball/egg cup quilt will free up my brain and let me make a decision.

 

In this, I used the spool block, and the snail trail block to create a quilt I called Barrel of Monkeys. I love this design as it reminds me of those toy monkeys my kids used to hook onto everything in the house.

 

Here is the Lawn Chair quilt pattern I mentioned. Stay tuned for a post with my finished quilt sometime this week. I am still stitching the binding.

Don’t forget to prep for the #SummerReadingQAL ! 

 

Books I mentioned..

Edge of Evil by J. A. Jance

Obedience by Will Lavender

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Quilt Happy!

 

Hamish the Hedgehog

The wee hedgehog has long been an icon to those of us obsessed with Outlander, also known as The Hosed, or Clan McHoser :) Here’s a brief excerpt that explains the origin of the hedgehog fascination.

The following quote is taken from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 17 We Meet a Beggar (c) 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved

“If you’ll not let me be spiritual about it, you’ll have to put up wi’ my baser nature. I’m going to be a beast.” He bit my neck. “Do ye want me to be a horse, a bear, or a dog?”

“A hedgehog.”

“A hedgehog? And just how does a hedgehog make love?” he demanded.

No, I thought. I won’t. I will not. But I did. “Very carefully,” I replied, giggling helplessly. So now we know just how old that one is, I thought.

 

 

Here’s our May block! Hamish the Hedgehog. He’s adorable. Have fun stitching him out!