Lots of Blocks!

I have Irish Quilt blocks flowing out from underneath my sewing machine’s needle! Hazellyn will have a very colorful baby quilt waiting for her if she can wait for a couple of days. At least until Monday; I’m on call this weekend for work and since I can’t be two places at once, I’d rather not have the conflict, OK, kiddo? Anyway, not working very fast or hard, I think I spent about two hours tonight steadily working. I think another three and I’ll have this quilt done.

The chains are greens and purples and pinks and yellows and the contrasting color against the chain is a blue fabric with small hearts in all those colors. I know – “pictures or it didn’t happen” and I’ll post them when done or at least further along.

So if I can do one baby blanket in about five hours, when I do my marathon on the 17-18 I should be able to get five done. More if I have help. I’m going to go to FaceBook after this and set up a group! If I borrow another machine, and had someone running it and someone cutting and ironing…well, we might be able to do twice the number. And that would be something. The marathon in November is to raise money for Random Acts, a nonprofit whose purpose is to support people like me who want to do good things but maybe just don’t have the money to do so. Random Acts funds grants for charitable acts of kindness, like standing on a street corner giving out cookies. Or helping people buy bags so they can RAKE ALL THE LEAVES! for people who cannot do for themselves. Random Acts removes blocks. I think they are awesome. So if you are still reading this, you should go to the pledge page and support my efforts to support their efforts.

Tomorrow I’m at a city council meeting all evening! That ought to be fun; having been at a couple of meetings now, I’m learning what to expect and what the big issues are for Oronoco. I do hope to win on November 6th but even if I don’t, I’m staying involved. There are committees and other ways to be useful and I might as well learn the ways of the people here and what is going on, or I’m going to run into blocks of other sorts when the next election comes about in two years!

Life is not perfect. We do what we can in whatever little way we can to help each other along and hope at the end of it all there is more on the side of good than indifferent. I like doing things that are useful, that make the world better and that I can be proud to be a part of. Maybe they aren’t always wise…As one of the Story People prints that Ginny and Isaiah gave me and I love: “There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good.” And to help each other with the blocks.

 

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