Dec. 4th, 2008

Quilting

Dec. 4th, 2008 01:45 pm
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In the 'Have You Ever' meme, [livejournal.com profile] mrsquizzical asked about me piecing a quilt.

Before I was old enough to go to school, my mom worked so I stayed with my grandmother instead of going to preschool. Grandmother lived next door to us, and she was big on not letting TV rot your brain, so as a three year old, I learned to read, write, and generally entertain myself. I particularly liked gluing stuff to other stuff - this was hours of entertainment. Grandmother never seemed to care what I ruined, as long as I was having fun doing it.

I also spent a lot of time with her while she did her errands and hobbies. We went to church, to the bank (they always gave me free candy through the drive-thru window, I remember them fondly. Plus you had to drive through the middle of a building to do it, which was inherently cool), to deliver meals on wheels. And she had a quilting circle. She would give me a pattern piece and tell me how many she wanted, and I would diligently pin and cut and count til I had the right number. Then she showed me how to thread the needles and tie knots, and I would sew pieces together and give them to her, and she would put them in the right place in her squares.

And then once a week, she would set up a big quilting loom in her basement, and all her quilting friends would come over. I helped sometimes, but I was too little for most of it. I remember clearly though, lying on my back under the table and watching all their needles going in and out in tiny delicate stitches as they put everything together. I have one of her quilts, a wedding quilt, that I plan to hang on a wall in my guest room one day soon.

So it's not exactly the same as putting one together on my own, but I figured it was close enough to count, and it gave me the skills to make this, which I did over the weekend:

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In the 'Have You Ever' meme, [livejournal.com profile] marny_h96 asked about me climbing a mountain.

Keep in mind, a lot of mountains are not that tall. Just this last week, I climbed down Stone Mountain. It's a mile down, and it's pretty steep at times.

But the one I was thinking of for the meme was Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire. My brother and I climbed up this when we were living in Nashua; it's just over 3000 feet tall (1000 meters). We did this in the typical fashion of our family: no planning, no forethought. I think it was around 11 am when my brother asked if I wanted to go, and I said sure, why not? We got there around 2 pm - hey, we had to get lunch - and climbed up it just in time to see a beautiful sunset.

Those of you who have hiked before may see the problem here.

So now it's twilight, and we need to get off this mountain. So we're practically running, which is a bad plan. About halfway down, I took a mis-step, landed wrong on my knee, and hyper-extended it, which is a fancy way of saying 'bent it in the wrong direction.' Ouchy. It still gives me problems to this day. Good times, good times.

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