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Another TED talk: Miwa Matreyek’s glorious visions (11:12)

Well. That was different. And certainly a good example of why TED talks are on my 40B440 list.


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Soap – update

I’ve bought lye and lavender buds – and today I went to Goodwill, where I picked up a large enamel (in poor condition) pot, a large pyrex bowl, and several baking trays/pans (for molds) for our soapmaking project next month!

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Last weekend I finished my first “real” quilt (not counting the potholder I made when learning, or the Halloween quilt I made when practicing). This quilt I started in June and I learned a lot in the doing. It’s made primarily (colored bits) from fabric cut from my Dad’s shirts, and was made as a sort of Memorial to him for Mom:

and it may not be entirely clear in the photo, but was quilted in stars in the back. It was also sewn using my Dad’s old Sears-Kenmore sewing machine, that’s easily from the 1960’s or earlier and weighs about 30 pounds or more.

I’m very pleased with it, but the down side is that I enjoyed making the quilt a whole lot more than I expected, and will be making another for my brother. I think that I’d sort of imagined quilting as a one-off sort of experience. It’s something I’d been curious about for awhile, and had tried once on my own (failing miserably), but something I imagined as ultimately not something I’d be interested in pursuing after finishing one.

I expect that might be tied to a not terribly successful home-ec sewing experience. But now I’ve got the bug, so expect to make at least a few more 🙂 At least use up the fabric I’ve bought …

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Last weekend I made a bag!  Check another item off my 40B440 list 🙂

Actually, to be perfectly honest, I’ve now made 3 bags: 1 really rough bag done incredibly quickly that I didn’t think counted because I didn’t much like it, didn’t put much thought into it, and viewed mainly as an exercise to learn/practice some sewing techniques; one trial bag of the style that I was pretty sure I wanted my final bag to be, but with practice fabric, and to test the size and stiffness of the final bag (too floppy and a little small for my needs); and the final bag, which was intended to have all the final kinks worked out.

I don’t have a photo of the first bag (one that I think will be destined to become the trash bag for my car – I don’t like it THAT much :)) but here is my trial run bag (which allowed me to make button holes for the first time):

The pattern was free from Rebeka Lambert at artsycraftybabe.typepad.com. She suggested using layer of fusible
fleece to make it more rigid, so I had an idea that I’d want to try that as I prefer bags with more structure. But I wanted to try the pattern as written first.

Which, come to think of it, was a bit unusual for me – usually I can’t help myself from tweaking from the get go.

For my final bag I used an awesome fabric that I picked up from The Little Shop:

I’m really pleased with the bag. I ended up using the fusible fleece, and made the bag about 2 inches wider and the strap half an inch wider. However, it’s still a bit too floppy for my personal taste – it’s probably not a surprise to anyone who knows me that I prefer a bit more structure. I think if I make it again, I’ll try to make it firmer by quilting some canvas to the lining, or just use canvas from the get go.

But that’s a project for a much later date – I have enough other things on my plate right now!

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So I have crossed one more item off my 40B440 list: 38 to go.

I took a photo-walk in Boston along the Freedom Trail. I’ve wanted to take a (non self-directed) photo-walk for a while. I couldn’t find any in Philadelphia, but did find one in Boston. And it sat on the edge of my to-do list for awhile, never quite getting pushed into doing. With this 40B440 project, I took the leap and signed up.

To be honest, I would have preferred to do one of the other photo-walks offered simply because I’ve already walked the Freedom Trail once, and have visited portions of it many times. But when it came time to leap, this one fit my schedule.

I’m glad I did it.

According to http://www.cityofboston.gov, the Freedom Trail is one of the first historical walking tours in America. It is a 2.5 mile long path marked by a red brick or painted line that takes one to 16 historical sites, and was invented in March of 1951 by Bill Schofield. We didn’t walk the whole path; the photo walk was just under 2 hours long, and allowing time for photos and brief history lessons, the whole tour would take much longer. The purple line shows the route we took:

The photos that I took from the walk are here – those with little walking figures are shots suggested by the guide, Saba.

It was a gorgeous day to be out and about in Boston – breezy, warm, with brilliant sun, blue skies, and puffy white clouds. I over exposed a few photos, but what the hell  I had a great time.

Statehouse 2

Massachusetts State House

Quincy Mkt and sculpture

Quincy Market and Sculpture (?)

We started at the State House, moving through Quincy Market,

Revere home

Paul Rever House: Suggested shot

and ending up at Paul Revere’s home in the North End.

If I have time with all my other projects, I’ll try to do another photo walk. Perhaps one in NYC!

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