Cabin Quilt

Crafty Anne has been very busy, quilting. Now, she has also been doing a lot of knitting too, but this post is all about quilting, in particular her latest quilt. I’m calling it her cabin quilt, because she began making it while up at the cabin. Every summer, over many years, she would pull this project out of a box and work on it while staying at the cabin. At the end of the summer, she would put it back into the box and leave it at the cabin for next year. She didn’t have a sewing machine up there, so all of her work was done by hand. She only worked on the multi-colored blocks up at the cabin. Once when she had them laid out on the bed, her father Harry observed them and commented, “You don’t do subtle, do you?” But she had a plan and Harry could only see a small part of what it would become. Last summer, she brought the quilt back with her from the cabin and has been working on it here ever since.

This quilt incorporates two new techniques that she had to learn first. She has spent hours on YouTube U. Because this quilt is much bigger than her usual fare, she introduced the technique of block quilting or quilt as you go. I think that’s what it is called. Anyway, she first assembles the component blocks, quilts them and then stiches the blocks together. The other new technique that she is using for this project is the making of much more elaborate and fancy quilting patterns. Different blocks have different patterns. The photos show one of her favorite blocks that depicts the exterior of her cabin as seen from the parking lot. Most of the other blocks use more abstract quilting patterns.

Before she would use one of these new quilting patterns, she would first try it out on a practice block. I made the mistake of asking her what this practice block was called, because she has introduced a lot of new jargon to her craft with this project. First, she confirmed that it was just called a practice block, but then she said, “Some people call it Fred, but that’s its government name and it prefers to be called Lucrecia.” Serves me right for asking. It is still a work in progress, but she is almost done and hopes to complete it, before we leave for California. While in quarantine, I have been receiving regular updates on its progress. In a sense though this quilt is only a practice block for her next even bigger project. 

Butterfly Kite

Butterfly Kite

Another day, another first in a year. It is so nice to be vaccinated. We went to the art museum for the first time in a year. It was a nice day, so we bookended two outdoors walks around our museum walk. The art museum is in-between shows now, so we just perused the regular collection, looking for new items that have been placed on display over the last year. There were not as many rotations in the collection on display as I had hoped for, but we were able to search them out. After a while though, I got tired of wearing a mask, so we headed outside again.

This weekend, my brother Chris is supposed to begin his vaccination process. He’s going to get the two-shot Moderna variety, so his immunization will take about six weeks. This will commence the countdown clock for us to be able to visit my family in California. Everyone there will be vaccinated by then. We’ll probably take two weeks to get their, doing some camping and sightseeing along the way. Looking forward to hitting the open road again. I just took the RAV4 into Toyota for its 10K checkup. It too us fourteen months to get to 10K. I don’t plan on it taking so long to get to 20K. Time to plan for a road trip.

Anne and I got out for a walk today, beating the rain. On our walk Rey called. They are planning on visiting us in June, for his birthday. They should all be immune by then. We’ll have to do something to try to child-prof the house. We did it once before, but that was over thirty years ago. I don’t think that it would pass muster now. There planned visit will nicely bookend the completion of our California trip. This vaccinated lifestyle is great. We even met and spoke with two other people on our walk today, both vaccinated or about to be.