Sunday, May 17, 2020

Knot a Garden

She's sort of like a knot garden, but not a knot garden, so her name is Knot a Garden quilt.

Differences in colors are due to sun or shade. 

A couple more photos.  I'll post more pics after she's been quilted.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Quilting is back

I'm so happy to be quilting again.  After 5 weeks of mask making, I'm finally done with them! If there's a need when the next wave of the virus comes along, then I'll go back into masks.  But for now, freedom! 

Here are the first 2 rows.  I'm so loving this quilt!  The pictures aren't great, but they'll do for now.  I think of the quilt as a bit of a knot garden, except that it's not a garden, so... the name of this quilt is Knot a Garden.

I'm knitting a sweater, the usual pair of socks, and baking and cooking a lot.  It sometimes seems that we spend our days eating.  Breakfast, mid-morning break with home-made biscotti, lunch, mid-afternoon break with home-made muffins, supper, and nibbles while watching TV. 

Way back in January, I started to run out of all-purpose and bread flours.  So the Hubz, who loves to market, bought me some more.  We already had yeast bought in Dec (I think).  I buy yeast by the pound, and freeze the bulk of it.  I take off enough for a small jar and keep that in the fridge.  It lasts me about a year.  We also put in a flour order from King Arthur flour.  It was all back-ordered,  and was supposed to arrive in about a month.  Instead we got it all in a couple of weeks.  So we are all set from bread and pizza baking as well as muffins, biscotti, etc. 

And on that note, I'm off to eat lunch.

Thursday, April 23, 2020


Sigh.  I do not like making masks, but masks need to be made.  So, I'm looking for pretty or cute fabric from my stash.  It does cheer me up to see silly masks.



Chickens and eggs.  I don't know which comes first, the chicken or the egg.  But here they are.

Back to the masks.  Stay home.  Stay safe.  You do not want to catch the virus.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sewing masks

That's what I'm doing.  No pics because it's enough to sew them.  No, I haven't made thousands of them, nor hundreds of them either.  I'm not that fast.  I get done what I get done.  I will not make the Guinness Book of Records, but I will do what I can.

Rabbi Tarfon said:  It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but you are not free to desist from it either.

I cannot save the world; I cannot make masks for hundreds, but I can do my part.  If we all do something to help each other, then we are helping the world.  If you can sew, then sew.  If you can cheer someone up, then do so.  You don't have to be perfect.  You don't have to make the most masks in one day in the history of the world.  Just do what you can.  You don't need to feel guilty if you make 10 masks/week.  You've made what you've made.

If you can afford to order food from a local restaurant  occasionally, then do so.  If you can make a small donation to a worthy cause, then do so.  If  you can be kind to someone, then do so.  You can't perfect the world, but you can take part in it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

What you all don't want to read

If you all are somewhere where the virus is not lunatic like NJ, please, please, please wear masks when you go out, and better yet, don’t go out if you can help it. Here are our latest numbers as of 2 hours ago: N.J. coronavirus death toll jumps to 2,805 with 68,584 total cases. Another 365 deaths and 4K positive tests confirmed.

The population of NJ is around 9,000,000, and we now have more deaths than from the Vietnam War or the World Trade Center destruction.

We have not yet peaked, and are a long way from opening up businesses and going out. The crazy headlines from the NY Times are accurate. None of it is “fake” news. Social distancing is working, but it is really slow. The best thing you all can do is stay far away from other people. Don’t go visiting your aunt/mom/sister/brother/kids/grandkids.  Don't chat with your neighbor over the back fence.  There are a helluva lot of people who have this mess and are asymptomatic.  Stay home.

Do not think that where you live is immune from COVID-19.  It isn't.  Rural towns, farming communities, small towns are experiencing the virus.  If I sound like a ranting maniac, it's because I can see what's going on in the NY/NJ metro area.  

You can all handle social distancing.  Trust me.  Better that than catching this nightmare of a disease.

If you sew, make some masks and donate them to your local hospital if the hospital wants them.  You don't have to sew thousands of them.  Anything will help.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The masked knitter/quilter/baker

Ta da!  Here I am in my first face mask, which fits the large Hubz perfectly, but too big on me.  I also needed to tie the strings tightly.

Our hospital is now asking for cotton face masks, probably for non-medical workers, e.g. custodians, or perhaps for nurses to put over their serious medical masks.  So I'm sewing.

No elastic in my house.  I did find an old queen-size flannel sheet, which I'm now using as the part of the mask which is against the face.  I also ordered 3 yards of flannel from  I should get that in a couple of days.

I am not particularly quick at this.  One mask, including cutting, pressing, top-stitching the ties, and the rest of the assembly takes me about 1/2 hour.  The Hubz, bless his sweet self, is doing the tie pressing, which makes a difference. 

The important thing about these masks is that they will NOT keep you safe from the virus.  But, wearing them over a real mask should help in this time of mask shortage.  If you wear one, place a tissue next to your face under the mask, and that will help a teeny bit.  I would also wear a doubled bandana over the mask.  So, yes I know that these are not a substitute.  BUT, when your hospital wants them, you make them.

We are to put them into a bin in front of the hospital entrance.  They will pick up the masks, sterilize them and give them to anyone who wants them.  Clearly there is a need for them.

I suspect that if you wear one to the market. people will stay away from you, which is not bad.

Stay safe, my friends.  Don't go out, chat with friends and family on the phone, eat good food, and get dressed in the morning.  Forget jammies all day.  Watch funny TV, don't watch or listen to the news nonstop.  Give yourself a break.  Tell your significant other, if you have one, when you're stressed or cranky.  And listen to others when they tell you the same.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Spring Poem

Here it is, the annual spring poem!

High up, over the tops
Of the feathery grasses, the grasshoppers hop.
They won't eat their suppers,
They will not obey
Their grasshopper mothers and fathers who say:
"Listen my children, this must be stopped.
Now is the time your last hop should be hopped.
So come eat your suppers and go to your beds."
But the little grasshoppers just shake their green heads.
"no, no," the naughty ones say.
"All we have time to do now is to play.
If we are hungry we'll nip at a fly,
Or nibble a blueberry as we go by.
But not now. Now we must hop.
And no one, but no one can make us stop."

The end


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