Thursday, March 30, 2017

Day 87, 88, 89, 90 and 91

91 days of sewing. Somehow I thought I would have a lot more done, but I also thought I had a good chance of pooping out on it when other things got in the way. But it's been worth it.   

Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, and 86

I have been sewing at least an hour every day, and many hours over the weekend.  I am done with the 'blocks' part of the mystery quilt so I haven't been posting pictures. I can post pictures as each clue is revealed to those who signed up for it.  During sewing I was listening to "The City of Dreams", the 400 year history of immigrants in New York City.  I've sewn during all 24.5 HOURS of the audio book.  

It's so sad that we repeat history over and over.  100+ years ago the same hate and despair for Catholics or the Irish as the American culture has for Muslims today, was fueling riots, driving the political system to create new laws to abate the the amount of Catholic and Irish immigrants into New York. The Catholics and Irish were going to 'ruin America' and 'turn every American into a Catholic'.

When slaves were set free they were taking jobs from white people.  Even though there weren't cars, they used a horse drawn wagon with a bomb to set off on the street.    Black people were hung from the lamp posts.

It was always hardest for the first generation to come over, while their children were always ready to 'be' American.  And over 100 years ago teenagers were EXACTLY as they are now.  Rebellious to their parents!

Although today's political climate has me thinking most of the terrible way we treat people today as then, the book is full of fantastic stories of how life was then.  Letters to and from 'back home' described their lives, their issues, their accomplishments and defeats.  Many immigrants came to make money and save every cent to bring their other relatives over to America.  Many years of heartache being apart and then the joyous reunions. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this epic 400 year history of immigrants in NYC.

Now I'm half way through "1984".

Monday, March 20, 2017

Day 76, 77, 78, and 79

I have been sewing for hours every day on the mystery quilt, so I can't show a picture.
I listen to audio books and I finished one and started the next one.
I'm on the tenth cd, so I know I've been sewing at least 10 hours since Saturday morning.
It's City of Dreams, the 400 year history of the immigrants of New York City, and I love it.
It's 21 cd's of 24.5 hours.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Day 74

There's more to add but it better not look Packer-y.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Day 70, 71, 72 and 73

 These are blocks up on the design wall.  I started sewing them together.
 Cave Women!
Cuttin' strips for sumtin!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Day 68 and 69

Day 68 I colored in the red and yellow cafe and today, Day 69, I glued the background to the container.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Day 66

Tonight I spent my creative time at the amazing Sew With Me Quilt Shop in Woodbury.
A large amount of fabric, batiks and otherwise; and many displays of Wonderfil thread.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Day 65

Testing out some new fabric pens that came in the mail today.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Day 63

Day 62

All trimmed tonight and ready to sew tomorrow.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Day 61

Day 60

Deciding the order I want these birds to fly.