Sunday, May 17, 2020

Monday Meandering 5 - 18 - 2020

I actually left my neighborhood this week.  I had an appt and I went to the local Target this week.  Last Thursday my iron died. OMG!  This is not the time to have an iron go out. We did a quick check of Consumer Reports and then proceeded to find one of the recommended irons at Target which I ordered for pick up.  I had it home before lunch the next day and brought some burritos from Taco Bell too.  

So, this iron seemed really weird when I started to use it:  It didn't have heat selection, an off button or a clean button. I was thrilled to get it going so I could finish what I'd been working on but I was not enthused with it. I decided to read the directions.  Ok, should have done that first.  There is a light that shows when it heats up and another light that shows it's plugged in.  Once I figured that out I let it warm up correctly and it worked fine.  Phew, I was back in business. 

Have you been "Zoom"ing?  This past weekend was suppose to be my retreat with FCQ.    Anyway the gal who is in charge suggested we spend an hour or so chatting on Zoom while working on our projects the days we would have been retreating.  It was great fun.  We got caught up with everyone, offered suggestions on projects and moved our own projects forward.  We actually met three days for about 2 hours each day.  I've also gotten my 3 quilting buddies together on Zoom too.(picture below.)  We had to cancel the in house retreat but we enjoyed our chat so much that we are meeting every other week.
Clockwise from upper left: Nancy, me, MaryBeth and Sharon Zooming. We represent Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. 

Here's a look at a few of the things I've done this week. First, I quilted a table runner.  I've got the binding ready to apply. Hopefully I'll be done with that in the next few days. (The color is pretty bad on this.  I'll get a better picture when I finish it.) 

I'm piecing along with Jacquelynne Steves Silver Lining Sew Along.  It is one 6" (finished) block every Monday until early August.  I was tickled that the first one was super easy.  I'm not known for my stick-with-it-ness on quilt alongs or BOMs! We'll see if I succeed.  I've put all the chosen fabrics in a small basket and I hope to actually make each block on Mondays.  You can still sign up for notices by going to Silver Lining Sew Along Page. If you sign up for email notifications you will receive an embroidery design every Friday.  If you are looking for something to do each week, give it a try. 

This is the "new" project I started last week.  I got the dinosaur fabric a year or so ago.  It was great to pull all the fabric for this from my stash.  Unfortunately, I'm not having as much luck pulling backings.  I know someone will enjoy the dinosaurs.  I may check with my son to see if Theo might like a dinosaur quilt.  This has been relegated to the to-be-quilted closet.  The tops are piling up in there. 

Here's how I did on my goals: 
1) Finish the new top. All done
2) Quilt star table runner. All done, on to binding.
3) Put together stripe blocks into a top. All done! (It went to the closet too.)
4) Update the batting spread sheet. I used a bat piece but didn't redo the spread sheet. 

Now I need to figure out some new goals.  
1) Finish binding on table runner. 
2) Make 5 blocks from last year's BOM for Country Piecemakers.
3) Quilt charity quilt for a friend.
4) Cut out a bunch of little rail fence pieces to do as leader enders.

One thing I did spend a LOT of time on was searching Newspapers.Com for info about my relatives.  It allowed free access to Ancestry subscribers for the weekend. I've been trying to get a family tree together off and on for several years.  

I was focusing on my dad's father.  We don't know a whole lot about his early life. His mother died a few years after he was born. He had siblings who were 27 years and 18 years older than him.  So I've been trying to find out more about his early life and his parents.  I haven't been particularly successful.  So I spent every evening searching newspapers from Montana from the late 1800s on. I found a fun article written about him on the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the Montana State School of Mines.  (Now, Montana Tech if I remember correctly.)  It verified quite a few things about his life that my brother, cousins and I knew from his stories. They were delighted to receive screen shots of the article. I also saw that his dad had to apply to be his guardian and post a bond of $1000 every couple of years.  He had to turn in reports regularly too. I'm wondering why?  Anybody know anything about why?  In one article it said something about an inheritance.  I'm guessing that his mother might have left him some money.  He was a miner's son, how else could he have afforded college? He and my grandmother got married before he'd graduated college. She was 19.  I've actually got her diary from the time which has been very interesting to read.  Darn I wish I had asked him more questions years ago! If anyone has any insight please let me know!  

I'm linking up to Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Design Wall Monday. You know the drill -- I'll link up with the other two when posted and I remember!   I had a lot of fun visiting blogs last week.  I hope to take some time to do it again this week.  My only problem is I have had a lot of books that have been on reserve come in recently.  And, oddly enough, I am not reading as much as I usually do!  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. family mysteries can be fun to try to find out about a grandfather or grandmothers history. We know some of my families history but only going to our grandparents - we know little of the great grandparents who all had died before we came along and no one ever mentioned much of any of them and we never thought to ask - now of course it is too late, even with genealogy we know names but nothing really of them.

  2. The dinosaur quilt is so cheerful! I've been Zooming a lot -- Rotary, Woman's Club, P.E.O., AAUW, and my h.s. 50th reunion planning. (The latter met yesterday and we are seriously considering postponing the even, schedule for October, to 2021.)

  3. I've got Ancestry but have only poked around a little.

  4. A couple of decades ago, I compiled a family history book for my extended family. Of course, I didn’t print one for myself and now the computer program is obsolete. One niece is now interested in genealogy and has done quite a bit of work on the family tree.

  5. I'm glad you were able to get that iron replaced! My bee has been doing Zoom meetings as well. Pre-pandemic, we got together in person in our homes once a month, but we've been doing our Zoom meetings every Monday because they are working so well. Most of us do hand sewing for bee meet ups anyway, and it's just as easy to do that in front of the computer as elsewhere!

  6. Interesting, Bonnie! That new iron doesn't have a heat selection?? Some interesting finds in your family tree.

  7. Looks like you had a great week! I should start a Zoom with my quilting and knitting friends, who knows when we can be back together.

  8. My iron has broken twice when we were far from any stores. Thank goodness my DH is handy! Glad you were able to just pick one up curbside from Target. The dino quilt is really cute! I'm starting to run low on backings, too. Good luck with finding more about your grandfather :)

  9. Not having an iron is just not fun. Glad you were able to get yours replaced so quickly. Congrats on all the progress. The Dinosaur quilt is really fun! Isn't it amazing what you can do online these days? We are still doing virtual meetings at work. It's nice to not have to leave your office for a meeting. On the other hand getting's one's steps in is a lot harder!

  10. When my dad got out of the navy after WW2, he attended the same college as your grandpa. He told me that certain colleges in the US offered free tuition to vets and Montana State School of Mines was one of them. If your grandpa was a vet, maybe that's why he went to that college.


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