Day 15: Born a Girl

“Dear daddy, I will be born a girl. Please do everything you can so that that won’t stay the greatest danger of all.” Grab the kleenex and watch this video.

Okay. There are LOTS of horror stories to be told. What I want to hear is examples of when men in your life stood up for you as a girl. Will you tell me? Comment below or email if you’d like more privacy. mrs.megan.null at gmail dot com.

I’ll share some of my own experiences in another post.

 

Still looking for tree blocks for the camp quilt. Click here more more information. Thanks!

Day 14: Three Years Ago Today

The shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in my hometown happened three years ago today. I’ve written and rewritten this post several times. I have so much to say and yet nothing seems right. I could tell you guys about my experiences making friends in Newtown that I treasure still in adulthood. I guess I could try to share how much this community’s support meant to my family when my mom died in 1998. I could speak to the heroics of teachers and the legacies of children.

Maybe what’s most appropriate is a moment of silence for the ones who died and those left behind. Silence for our terrible world with some good people in it.

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Day 13: Aurifil and Rocket Ships

Another #31dayblogchallenge post.

When the dementors circle it’s difficult to focus. Gratitude can be the patronis charm needed to fight off depression. It’s one of those days so here are some things I’m thankful for.

  1. Friends and strangers who’ve stepped up and offered to help with the Turtles Quilt. Many are making tree blocks for the final border. Thank you! The block tutorial is here if you’d like to help too.
  2. Aurifil thread. I’m so grateful to Glenni for granting my thread wish during the #getyourquiltywishesgranted community event. velcrowiththread
  3. Kitty snuggles. This one will tolerate photographs of things plopped on top of him if head scratches are involved. I love how openly cats show affection. There’s no guess work involved.
  4. Oreo ice cream. No explanation needed on this one methinks.
  5. Rocket ships. I’m hand embroidering this one as I veg out in front of the TV. It’s for Conrad’s quilt which I learned about through #getyourquiltywishesgranted. I’ve seen photos of him happily receiving other blocks and am excited to send this one his way. You know, once it’s finished.

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Day 11: Donate These Non-Food Items at the Canned Food Drive

Another #31dayblogchallenge post.

There are a lot of canned food drives happening now for food banks. Awesome! Please donate what you can. Did you know that they also accept non-food items? A friend of mine recently was given light bulbs at his appointment and received deodorant at another visit. Here are the most helpful things to donate.

Socks. They’re the most needed item at homeless shelters and the people who need them also go to food banks. Socks wear out the quickest of any clothing item. They’re a moral boost and a comfort item in addition to providing heat. Ever walk around with holes in your threadbare socks all day? Imagine that’s your only pair.

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Baby Toiletries. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, baby shampoo, etc. Don’t forget baby when you donate food. Formula is in high demand.

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Toiletries. Maxi pads, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, razors, hand sanitizer.

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Paper plates were super helpful back when we lived in a motel. Dog food is a relief for those who choose to live in their car rather than give up their beloved companion. Chocolate bars are a fun treat.

 

 

I’m still looking for more tree blocks to finish the final border on the turtles quilt. This is a community project for Crystal Lake Camps. Will you please help? Details and a tutorial can be found here. 

 

Day 10: Love and Loss

It’s the 10th day of the #31dayblogchallenge and #throwbackthursday too. So I’ll send you guys to a guest post from February 2015. It was written by my teenage brother Jim. Here are his thoughts on love and loss, in his own words, “I Was Never Alone.”

Day 9: Repurposing Mom’s Tree Skirt

 

A #31dayblogchallenge post.

It’s a little embarrassing that I’ve got a blanket wrapped around my Christmas tree stand, Linus style.

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Thing is, the tree skirt my mom made didn’t survive the wash. It was smelly when I took it out of the ornament box so I tossed it in the wash.

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I knew it might fall apart because of the materials she chose to use at that stage of her quilting journey. Plus the ties weren’t close enough together. Mom’s later quilts were better but this skirt is beloved and has been used under my tree for years. Well, it got all lumpy in the wash.

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All is not lost. I’m redoing my childhood reading quilt and I can do something similar with the fabrics from this tree skirt. So I cut it apart and set the fabrics aside to repurpose into a couch throw later. They’re a little threadbare but with the right interfacing it won’t be a problem. For now they’re in a UFO box next to the reading blocks.

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Will you please help? The turtles quilt still needs more pieced tree blocks for the final border. Click here for more information and here for the tutorial.

Day 8: More Tree Blocks Please

This is another #31dayblogchallenge post.

Edited to add: Blocks due January 20th, 2016. After that I’ll make do with what I have and get this project finished. Thanks!

I’ve got three more #getyourquiltywishesgranted envelopes ready to mail and four that are waiting for me to buy stamps. In light of all the giving going on I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask for more help finishing a quilt.

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This quilt is for my childhood summer camp and has been a community project from the very beginning. Many artists have helped make the center turtle blocks as well as the tree blocks already.

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What I’d love to have is more tree blocks for the final border of the turtles’ quilt. I still need 75 more to make it all the way. Will you help? There’s a block tutorial here for the easy 8″ x 11.5″ pieced blocks. If you’re sending some my way please email me for the address mrs.megan.null at gmail dot com.

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Day 7: Instagram #getyourquiltywishesgranted

Here’s another #31dayblogchallenge post. Happy Monday you guys!

Something cool’s happening in the quilting community on Instagram. If you’re on it you should check out the hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted and participate. Here’s how it works. Search that hashtag and check out the wishlists. Grant some of those wishes before posting your own.

How awesome is that? I hoped to find some piecing thread and have three people sending me Aurifil. Really! I’m thinking putting another ask out there for tree blocks. I don’t yet have enough for the final border of the turtles quilt.

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What’s most exciting for me is the giving. Here’s a photo of the first 12 envelopes going out with tomorrow’s mail.

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There’s small prints for a postage stamp quilt, traditional fabrics for an aunt who’s a new quilter, low volume scraps for a background, animal fabrics for a toddler’s I-spy quilt and more. This is for the quilter who’s looking for mice.

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Pictured here are 40ish pieces of 16 polka-dot fabrics. The lady making a polka-dot quilt is going to be thrilled that she has more variety. My cost? Time and a postage stamp. If she had to buy these 16 fabrics, it’d be 1/4 yard minimum from a quilt shop. That’s 4 yards of fabric when all she needs is this little bit. How wonderful that this community movement is happening? I’m not the only one helping her out so she’ll receive even more variety which will make her project all the more interesting. That sure makes me feel good.

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Isn’t that a great way to kick off the holiday season? Happy Hannukah to my friends who celebrate and happy holidays to all. See you tomorrow.

Day 6: I Made a New Friend

A #31dayblogchallenge post.

I made a new friend last night. We’ve known each other for years. She’s my neighbor. It all started when I showed her my studio. The conversations are private but here’s what my studio looked like after an hour. We bonded over art and stories. Can you see how many quilts are laid out? So much fun.

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