Another Butterscotch Baskets is ready to be quilted! I was determined to finish the triple-mitered borders yesterday so I could put this quilt in the almost finished column.
It seemed as though I stitched miles of the triple border together. Who designed this quilt? Wink. I must talk with the designer and tell them to put a spool of thread into each pattern. When I made my strip sets, I pressed the top and bottom the opposite pressing direction as the sides.
By doing this, the strip sets nestled together perfectly on the front and back.
Yes, mitered corners take more time, but I absolutely love the way they look.
We are up at the cabin this weekend to attend a Town Hall meeting regarding the pine bark beetle which is destroying our neighborhood. This is what we see directly across the street from the cabin. Every pine tree is either dead or dying.
Driving through the neighborhood you see piles of trees waiting to be hauled away. The average cost to have a tree removed is $1,000 per tree. We have 40 pine trees on our 2/3 of an acre. That's a lot of quilting fabric!
There will be representatives from the state at the meeting today.....and I'm sure they are going to get an earful of complaints. Similar pine bark beetle outbreaks have been successfully stopped in other states by spraying. Our governor refuses to spray because one of the chemicals in the spray is banned in California. So the alternative is to let the state burn to the ground and have the worst fire storms imaginable, let trees fall on people and homes, loose all of the habitats for the forest critters, loose the carbon sequestration which the trees provide.......and see property values plummet. If you buy a cabin in the woods, good luck getting homeowner's insurance. Luckily for us we are grandfathered in to our policy.
Mr. Joe has treated our trees twice with SPLAT. It's an expensive tube of pheromone repellant which is like hanging a sign on the tree telling the beetles "No Vacancy". So far so good.....but that could all change. Even trees our neighbors treated with SPLAT are dying.
In all of the articles that we've read, it is beneficial to water your forest trees. A healthy tree has a fighting chance to survive the infestation. But guess what folks, we are still in a drought. We are banned from watering our trees. I wonder if I can applique while I'm in prison?