Marching By

Things that happened in March: Caitlyn played two roles, Mellifleur and Maudlin, in Robin Hood, her latest theatre production at Youth Theatre Northwest. She’s looking forward to Alice@Wonderland in the summer. I finally managed to meet one of our homeschool goals, getting Caitlyn and I to SAM for Free First Thursday. This time we saw the Miró exhibit. Now, I just have to do it again! The peas came up. We saw a presentation of National Geographic Live: The Secret Life of Wolves. Caitlyn cried at the end. I joined the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, my first quilt guild membership …

Field Trip: Snow at Mt. Rainier

Caitlyn loves snow. That’s a horribly brief and to the point sentence that doesn’t convey the degree to which Caitlyn loves snow. Of course, we live in a place that gets only occasional snow. When it snows here, it’s pretty and it’s fun, (usually) not enough to seriously snarl things up, although to an eight year old, I think the snarling is part of the fun. I’ve explained how more snow in Seattle wouldn’t be a good thing, but I guess I’ve not been terribly convincing. I’ve made some effort to explain how months of snow might not be fun, …

Sew.Quilt.Give Block Update

Sew.Quilt.Give. asked for Wonky Churn Dash blocks (tutorial here) in pinks and at any size for February. I’m super curious how this quilt is going to turn out. The Churn Dash is an old (traditional) quilt block and although I think of myself more as a “traditional” quilter (as opposed to “modern”), this one has never really appealed. I think the wonkiness helps, though. The blocks we made last June have reappeared as a finished quilt. Check it out. I quite like how this one came out: it’s scrappy but not overwhelmingly so; I like the diamond chains in the …

Sew Grateful Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of my Sew Grateful giveaway! Fabric #1, the peach colored silk, is headed off to Commenter #24, Emily, who said: And Fabric #2, the lighter weight bronze silk, is off to Commenter #11, Laurie, who said: Congratulations to both of you! Your new fabric will be on it’s way on Thursday, since the post office is right next Caitlyn’s circus class. And thanks to everyone who commented. I think 30 comments is a high water mark for this here little space on Teh Interwebs. Thanks for stopping by! Do feel free to stop by again for …

Field Trip: California, Coast, and Cousins

Welcome to March! I’ve got little daffodils blooming in the backyard to remind us that it’s not going to be cold and gray forever. It can rain some more, though. I’d feel better heading into summer with more snow in the mountains first. Back at the beginning of February, to help my grandmother celebrate her 90th birthday, we took a week off from the chill of Seattle and trekked to California. We had a lovely birthday dinner with family, and Caitlyn got to spend time with her cousins, whom we don’t see nearly often enough. The adults managed to pry …

Sew Grateful Giveaway: Thai silk

Hooray! It’s Sew Grateful Week, the annual event launched by Debi of My Happy Sewing Place, and today is Giveaway Day. I’m grateful that I have time to sew, even if I sometimes don’t think I do. I’m grateful for all the people out there who post tutorials, patterns, reviews, and inspiration. I’m grateful for the people who taught me to sew (that’s you, Mom!) and the people who enable me to keep at it (that’s you, Ian!). And I’m grateful for these giveaways. See, a couple decades ago my grandparents did some world travel. My grandfather took an enormous …