Wednesday Giveaway

Alice Ronne is this week’s lucky winner of an Aunt Pam’s quilt sponge and a Color Wheel Poster.

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The sponge is a handy hair and lint remover to have in your sewing room, class supplies, car, in your suitcase, etc.

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If you are not Alice, click here to find Aunt Pam’s quilt sponge. They are inexpensive, you might actually want more than one :-). Click here to find the color wheel.

Yes, I’m mellowing…

There’s a block in the secret project that has 16 points that meet in the center. I drew this block and knew it would be bulky. I also know that it is possible to make the points (mostly) match (there is that one that is way off)…

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The problem is that even when the points match, the seam allowances on the back are still there…

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It’s like a little mountain in the middle of the block. I could hammer the seams flat, but that’s not a great fix. You know what is a good fix? A circle appliqued over the center which allows me to cut away the bulk AND which is really cute on the block! Done!

In my younger, more hard-core days, I would have worked and worked to on these points. I feel much calmer now that I am willing to let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies :-).

Learning something new and interesting…

I’m sewing and catching up on Radiolab podcasts. Their byline is “Investigating a strange world” and they do just that. There are two hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and, together, they explore a wide range of topics that include (but are not limited to) science, medicine, art, music, and much more. I learn something in every post.

This one, on poison control, is really interesting. Click the link below the photo to open the player or click here to go to the podcast page.

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There are several podcasts on Color. Google ‘Radiolab Color podcasts’ and you will find links. And the podcasts with, or about, Oliver Sachs are wonderful!

If you are not averse to listening to stories that relate to current hot-button issues, I would recommend the Border Trilogy podcasts. I was personally interested to hear a side of the story that I had not heard before, one that challenged me to think differently. The same was true, for me at least, in the Gunshow podcast.

So there you go. I’m going back to sewing, and listening!

Last stop: Sydney!

Catherine and I spent 2 days in Sydney. We had had a great view from our room:

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We walked and shopped (of course)…

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I was tempted to buy Han Solo in carbonite for my son, Chris, but thankfully he was not for sale. (Lorna, aren’t you glad this isn’t coming home to your house?!)

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We walked in the gardens… that’s a fig tree!

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We went to the Art Gallery of New South Wales where we got to view the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. There are 6 of them, each similar to each other, but different.

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The 2018 Archibald paintings were also on exhibit but we chose not to pay to go, mostly because I had a sinus headache that was trying to kill me. Not really ‘kill’ me, but it definitely slowed me down. Darn, right?!

Vivid Sydney is happening now. Once it gets dark, the city around the harbor is filled with light and music. It was lovely! We saw it from the water one night. Last night we walked the streets. So, this is the Opera House by day:

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And the same Opera House, lit during Vivid. The projected images changed, morphing from one thing to another…

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There were random displays…

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Catherine loved this one, that was all about microbes…

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And now it’s time to go home. I’m going to miss Catherine! We had such a good time together. It’s going to feel lonely for a while. I’m glad that we can FaceTime until the next time we can get together in the real world.

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Wednesday Giveaway

The random number generator has chosen — Our winner this week is Patty S. Congratulations! Enjoy your Protector Connector.

Most of us have a pair of Small Perfect Scissors. The scissor comes with a sheath, but if you are like me, you’ve lost the sheath. Karen Kay Buckley came up with a solution: the Protector Connector! It is a scissor charm with a sheath that fits this scissor on the end.

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Scissor not included.