Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Scrappy Heritage

Hello Everyone,
The Independence Hall Scholarship Quilt is on its way to the machine quilter!  I finished the corner sections and borders yesterday.  Mazey loves to pose in front of the quilts when the camera comes out.  It looks like she is missing her back legs.  Trust me, they are tucked under all that golden fur.

Here is the group responsible for making the quilt.  There are more too, who left before I took the picture.  More quilters also came to the second workshop in October.  A least 20 different quilters worked on this quilt.  That means 20 different sewing machines, 20 different 1/4" seams.  Once it was all together, it was only 1/4" smaller than it should be.  That was amazing!

Tickets will be available soon so you can buy a chance to win this beauty.  All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund to assist deserving seniors who plan on continuing their education.  Our goal over the coming year is to fill the guild bank account, and help as many students as we can.



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Country Sunshine Class was in Session

Hello Everyone,
I spent a delightful day teaching Country Sunshine in the classroom at Friends Around the Blocks in Colusa last Saturday. So many beautiful blocks were born during the class.

All the blocks begin life on the block layout sheet.  This keeps you organized during construction.


My Country Sunshine pattern is located HERE on Etsy.  Here are pictures of my two Country Sunshine quilts.

Julie brought in the blocks that she'd made for a scrappy Heritage quilt. They were so gorgeous!

A customer brought in this heirloom quilt.  We were all amazed at the level of detail in this quilt all made by hand.

I am so lucky that I get to surround myself in such beauty day after day.  Not only do I get to spend time looking at beautiful quilts, and blocks, I spend my days with wonderful people. 
I've been researching how to conduct an online raffle of one of my quilts to benefit my friends who lost everything during the Paradise fire.  Oh the red tape to even begin! Which is nothing compared to the red tape the survivors are going through. I may have to link up with a guild since I am not a non-profit organization. I will keep you posted. 
The tales of heroism and horror are on our news every night.  Except for one, all of my childhood friends lost EVERYTHING in the fire. How can an entire community be erased?  It is incomprehensible.  The statistics this morning are staggering. 
56 souls perished,  The authorities are going house to house looking for bodies.
296 are missing....many on the list are elderly.
8,800 structures have burned to the ground.
This is too much suffering for a small community to manage.  The fire in Paradise is on my mind when I go to bed, and it's my first thought when I wake up.
Here is a picture of the church where our mom taught Sunday School. Craig Memorial Congregational Church
 This was were I went to Elementary School. 

It's going to take years to rebuild the infrastructure.  There's no water, electricity, or any type of services available in town.  It could be weeks before we are allowed in to the witness the area and see what is left of our family home and community. 
I've had a heavy heart for days.  While preparing for Thanksgiving, my thoughts return to my roots.  I'm thankful that I grew up in Paradise and have many wonderful memories.  I'm thankful the community gave me my sense of self, sense of place, and made me who I am today.  That cannot be erased.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Grammy Squares Class in Colusa

Hello Everyone,
Thank you all for your comments from my last post about the total destruction of Paradise, my hometown, and my family home. I can feel the heartfelt and sincere outpouring of love from you.  It is greatly appreciated.
Last week, my sister Gail and I drove to Colusa for the two scheduled classes on Friday and Saturday.  As we listened to the radio on the drive, never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate what was to come.
So on a cheerier note, we were surrounded in beauty and love in the classroom on Friday.

The class was held at Friends Around the Block in Colusa.  This quilt shop is located in a former mortuary. 

The girls listened to my lecture, then dug right in and started making blocks for Grammy Squares.  They were all so varied and beautiful!

Kathy brought in two of her quilts that she made from my patterns.  Winter's Warmth was first.

Second was Madrigal.  She designed her own adorable basket for the center.  Both of her quilts were works of art.

Gail and I were housed in this sweet little cottage.


If you are interested in staying here, I can provide you with all of the information.  I can't wait for a return trip.  It is a mere two blocks from the quilt shop!  It has three bedrooms......road trip anyone?  When we walked in the front door, we were instantly "home".

Here is an update on our home in Paradise.  There is a great Geographic Information site where you can locate information about the status of your home called the Camp Fire Structure Status.  It is still a work in progress.  In my past life, I was a Geographic Information Systems Analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  I appreciate the amount of work that it took to create this website in a relatively short period of time.  I entered the address of our home, and this image popped up.  Every home on my street is gone.  We are taking one day at a time.  We aren't allowed to go into the area because of all the hazards.  I would like to remember our home and town as it was, prior to last Thursday.

I'm still formulating plans for what I'm going to do to help our tenant and our childhood friends.  I'll be posting my plan.

Again, thank you all for your outpouring of supportive words.  It is very comforting, and I appreciate YOU.