Monday, July 30, 2007

Nature Walks

When I began my walking program in early February of this year it was not inspiring. I plodded along for months and months and months with my eyes focused on the ground (lane). This is all I saw:

In the last few weeks I’ve begun to look up and around during the walk. Life is looking better to me.

Thanks again, Coach Robert. I could not have done it without you there every step of the way.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

So Innocent 43 Years Ago

We were so young and innocent. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we loved each other. Forty-three years later, we still have no idea what we are doing. It has been such fun.

I love you, Robert.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Getting Rid of Jaggies

Tedious work. I am eliminating jaggies from the Paper Pieced People foundations. It was fine for me to piece on foundations with jaggie lines, but I really can’t expect other people to keep to the straight and narrow when the line they are trying to sew on is all bumpy. You can click on the picture above and see how jaggie the first ones were.

I have 59 individual foundations to antialias. So far, I’ve done eight of them. I could have drawn them in another format to start with, but I had to make little changes as I did my experiments and gifs were the easiest to use.
Also, tedious work – I am still on my walking program. I started on February 2, 2007 and things were supposed to improve in six months. Well, things are better, but I am not having fun yet.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Two Handsome Guys

Wow. These two fellows look good to me. The one on the left is my Dear Husband Robert. He is standing next to Michael.

Robert really did give me the shirt off his back. His favorite shirt was wearing out around the collar and cuffs. He wore that shirt at least once a week for years and years. The color was so nice on him. He wore it to Nordstrom one day and asked if they had another one just like it, but they didn’t.
He finally donated it to the Paper Pieced People cause. I cut a chunk out of the back and will preserve it forever in a quilt.

There is a basketball connection here. Robert’s grandfather, Deke, often told us about the beginnings of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts at the YMCA. He said he knew James Naismith who invented the game in 1891. Deke said he played basketball at the YMCA. When the game first began, soccer balls were dribbled up and down a court and thrown into a peach basket placed up high. It took a decade for someone to invent an open ended net so the ball didn’t have to be manually retrieved from the basket when a score was made.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Where did Zoe come from? She demanded recognition, but her fashion sense is not mine. You would never get me back into Capri pants (pedal pushers) again. I could wear them because I am slim, but I think they look very odd. They are an awkward length. I suppose if you are young and lithe you could keep moving around, and as my grandmother always said, “You can’t see the harness on a trotting horse.”

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Friday, July 06, 2007

At last, my four boys arrived. (I had some unexpected R & R so I wasn’t sewing or computering for a while.) The guys waited patiently.

Now the grand total of paper pieced people is 17. Of course I have a few more ideas, but the basic people are established. I need to make a Robert (my DH), Kate’s date, and a woman wearing those pants that were called “Capri” in my day. Or, maybe it was pedal pushers.

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