Hello Campers!  Back at it again after a short hiatus.  Life set me back abit between my father's passing and all the family visits this winter. I visited daughter Becky and granddaughter Sylvia in early February and daughter Jamie and grandson Wyatt were out here in Pennsylvania this week.  Good times all around but I am glad to be back to spending time in my quilt studio.

Quite unscheduled, I am making a quilt for someone I do not know.  Here is the story. Never wanting to become a dinosaur in the real world, I am often convinced to try new technology. This fall, October specifically, I  joined i-phone nation and broke down and bought a new cell phone.  I did it because face timing with the kids and the grandkids was so much fun.

I was learning how to use my phone on the busiest day of my museum career, the Grand Re-opening of The Westmoreland where I am employed, October 24, 2015.  The museum had been temporarily relocated for two years while a new wing was added and the original portion of the building was renovated.  We were throwing a gigantic party that night and I was running all over getting things done.

My high school girlfriend, Margie Trousil, texted me on this very busy day and asked if I would make a baby quilt for one of her college students (she teaches nursing in Fort Madison, Iowa). Not sure how to respond as I really wasn't making quilts outside of my lists, I put the phone away for awhile and got on with the day. When I looked at it again, I had somehow given her the "thumbs up" symbol and she was thrilled, absolutely thrilled that I had agreed to do the quilt.

What? I agreed? So anyway, she had to wait five plus months until the quilt show was going before I even started it.  Given the other quilts I am supposed to be working on (Becky and Todd's wedding quilt, Sylvia's baby quilt, Christmas quilts for both of my granddaughters, and 2 wedding quilts for two nieces and nephews), I decided this needed to be the quickest quilt ever and that meant nine patch.  I wanted to use batiks so I found 72 different batik fabrics in my stash (I am so embarrassed to have that many!) and threw this little cutie together.  I will finish it with a border and off it will go to Iowa, the land of corn and incidentally, where I was born.

I guess you could say these students of Margie won the quilt lottery.  So what are you working on?

Technologically challenged, I remain,

Yours in quilting, 


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Comment by Riana Noyes on February 19, 2016 at 7:21am

Grandkids are the reason so many of us step up to the challenge of technology...for better or worse,lol.

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