I get stuck in the house sewing or quilting a lot, and I wanted to have a fun day out. And I love going for practically no reason! That's so not me!! I did have 6 boxes and bags of stuff that I had sorted from the pet mat situation that was to be handed off to someone else in the hopes they could use it for their cause. And then there was the barn block. It all lent itself to a day trip!
Thimbles and Things are hosting a sew-along for Barn Quilt Blocks. (sorry - it's FULL - even with two Zoom classes). The blocks are part of the Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail. Scroll down on that page for the map and then click in the top right corner of the map to get a large version of it.
We get bonus points each month for doing something with the block. This month it was a picture of ourselves with the block, but I swear Sue said we get the points if we are with the original block. I may have invented that! Well, I've had it in my mind to drive up and see the block in person. I know - an hour and a half one way. Here's the thing - it was a glorious day, and we didn't violate any rules, and we had a wonderful day trip.
We did have lunch indoors (GASP - not allowed here!), and I did have to renew the license plate sticker for my car! It's been expired for almost two months, but I'm not driving anywhere! However, on the 400 series highway, I thought I better get with it and renew the darn thing. One minute on-line and I was done! I'll get the sticker in the mail. Who wants to go and stand in a line (not that it's encouraged at this moment). I guess no one will be bothering me about my old red/white health card! It was to be phased out this past July. I even had an appointment to get the new one and then POOF - those plans went up in smoke.
I was amazed as I think we only saw one cop car. Since it was the long weekend, I expected to see lots, but only one, and he wasn't doing radar.
But now, back to the barn block. Here's my block for this month. Very pretty and each to assemble. I hope the rest of the blocks are as easy, but I know for a fact that one of them is going to be a bear to put together. I have a plan for my blocks! And I'm teaching an EQ8 class on how people can construct their own barn block quilt!
|My barn block made with fabric|
There was only one glitch in the entire day. This was the message on my navigation screen in my car. I knew this was going to happen. However, I didn't let it bother me. I'm just past this stupid system. However, I shall endeavor to figure out WHY there is a communication error. Toyota - you sure missed the mark on the 2019 cars. I think there is a HUGE difference between the 2019 and 2020 models, and I got stuck with the duds!!!! But I shall get it figured out, and I better do it before I get rid of the car!
|A communication error|
|Dinsmore Customer Compass Barn Quilt Block|
|A front view of the barn block|
|Dutchman's Puzzle Barn Quilt Block|
|Lambie Custom Blue Barn Quilt block|
|Lambie Custom Blue Barn Quilt Block|
|Checkered Holstein block|
|CLose-up of the Checkered Holstein Barn Quilt Block|
|One more barn quilt block|
|Another block on the Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail|
|The leaves were glorious|
|Blocks on the floor, yet again|
|Trimming the double wedding ring arcs|
I went for a long walk when I got home to compensate for being in the car for so long. I saw that guy at the same bus stop. I don't think he's waiting for the bus. He just seems to hang out there.
We get started with Long Time Gone this weekend. Next Saturday. If you haven't signed up, you only have a couple of days to do so. It's crazy - the class list is LONG, and I'm so excited about it. BUT first, I need to select my fabrics for that quilt. I had a group of fabrics selected, and I was thrilled with it. Then I thought about it and didn't like it for this quilt. So this morning, I had a brainstorm and picked something else. Then I really looked at those fabrics and well - they won't do either! So today, I MUST select the color palette.
We're going to be dealing with fabric selections on Saturday, and I have tons of tips for that.
|The book for Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell|
Two and a half writing assignments went out the door yesterday. One and a half to get done, and then, dare I say that I'm up to date? Only to have more needed for the weekend. While I love Zoom, it does create one extra step to keep the students better informed since they can't really take pictures of stuff I take to class. No big deal - I love to write. I just need to be a bit more timely! It's happening!
On that note, I'm out of here. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! Enjoy your day. I'm going to enjoy my pumpkin pie and whipped cream. I was chatting to M last night, and she says with great incredulity in her voice, " you MADE a pumping pie?" " No, silly girl, I bought it!!" See - she knows me!! Love you, M!!!!
Have a super day!!!!
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