A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rainy Day and Happy Jazz

As you, my Gentle Readers and Fans know, Rainy Day writes. It's currently a hobby she hopes to turn into a full time business. She writes novels because she has stories to tell, and really wants to sell them (so, feel free to buy them, read them, give them as presents – support the arts – shucks, support Rainy Day;-)

However, like all jobs, no matter how fun, there comes a time when Rainy Day wants a vacation, so she is currently on a writing vacation and partaking of her other hobby, quilting.

Several months ago, she saw a pattern in a magazine for a scrap quilt (one made with leftovers) and set about getting all her scraps and leftovers out, and the pieces cut, neatly stacked, and placed in some clean salad boxes (a quilter's goodest friend, those clear salad boxes!) and she waited for her vacation. The vacation arrived. She placed the boxes in order on her sewing table, and pieced the pieces. Then she ironed them, cut them per directions, and repieced them. And, she admits, she now and then unstitched and restitched more than a few. But, finally, she had all the blocks done.

Quilt Top from scraps, Happy Jazz
The next step was to lay them out in proper order, and sew the blocks together into rows, then the rows together until she had the top finished. The sum of the total is considerably brighter than the individual pieces. Rainy Day suggests you view it while wearing sun glasses.

The next vacation project is to learn to use her quilting machine.
HQ Sixteen Quilting Machine and earlier scrap quilt in Rainy Day's Quilt Room

And, while busily quilting, she's also plotting out another novel. A writer's work is never done;-)

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