Greetings! I write these blog posts mostly for sharing my quilting activities and occasionally there’s a little sprinkling of commentary on and pictures of family and friends and other activities. Mostly I avoid political commentary, but I have to vent that I am disappointed – actually, horrified – with the results of our election. HC was not an ideal candidate, but clearly superior to DT and qualified to lead. In fact, I was hoping to celebrate the election of our first female president. We need change to move forward from the gridlock in Washington, but DT isn’t the change we need. Based on what I saw during the campaign, I am seriously worried that DT is unfit for the presidency. I firmly believe that character matters. I don’t understand how we elected someone who boasts of predatory sexual behavior, sees women as objects, judges solely on appearances, makes fun of those with disabilities, insults freely, is severely narcissistic, doesn’t read, doesn’t think deeply or carefully, has no idea of the complexity of both foreign and domestic issues, doesn’t believe in climate change, wants to build a wall instead of bridges, is proud of not paying taxes, and is a racist and bigot. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m worried about the future of the country and the planet. What to do? Take deep breaths, be kind, be grateful for life, and cherish each day, as I say in every post. But we also need to stay hopeful, continue to work for what’s right and decent, and work to undo this in the next election.
I enjoyed a lovely retreat this past weekend! No one talked politics as we were all sick of the long campaigns and it was great. I accomplished all my goals! The best one was finishing the top of “We Are Stardust.” I had a floor space big enough to spread it out and then I had a couple friends hold it up so I could get a picture (click on pic for enlargement):
Next I have to sew some fabrics together to make a backing for this – I’ll use larger size pieces of reproduction fabrics that I already have rather than buy one large new piece. That will be less expensive and keep me using fabrics I already have.
I cut and sewed all the fabrics for the back of the Blue Star gift quilt and yesterday took the quilt and back to the long armer for quilting. I think you can see the signature blocks if you enlarge the picture:
I’ll next show it after it’s quilted and I get the binding on!
I also made a bag as a gift for a friend who is retiring and has a party this Saturday. Here it is without the grommets and tie for closing the top (finished those today but forgot to get an updated picture!):
My other 2 goals were to sew the blocks for my second baby quilt together – did that, but no picture – and get some more hand quilting done on my Spirit of Japan quilt – did that too. A very productive retreat!!!! And so much fun to talk and laugh with other quilters. Here are some pictures of the retreat and projects others were working on:
Be kind, be grateful (takes extra effort today!), and cherish each day, Gladi