Today my husband and I took a car trip. We rarely do this, so it was a real treat. We drove through Ramona to Santa Ysabel and had lunch. Our original plan was to drive out to the dessert and take photos of wild flowers, but after we had lunch we decided to walk around a bit and then return home.
Here are just a few photos, first outside, then inside for quilts!
|Behind the restaurant. Cows!|
|This was behind The Santa Ysabel General Store we went to. It was interesting the way the ground was covered in cement with big rocks. Why? We don't know why the rocks or the cement were here.|
|Pretty trees at the end of the street.|
|On the way down the street looking up in the trees.|
|In the Santa Ysabel General Store: Someone's hand sewn quilt top, for sale. I've not seen this block before. The fabric was very fragile, but aren't the colors nice?|
|Other quilts. I was afraid to unfold them, they were very fragile looking but were all for sale.|
|This one was made of ties, the border was ruffled silk.|
|Even the real estate office across from the general store had quilt pattern feathers on their sign!|
|The fence of the general store reminded me of my quilt project.|
Yesterday was my day for all day sewing with my once a month group. I brought denim and cut it up to start to make my Play with Me Backgammon block.
When I got back I triple checked and she was right. The points in a real game board are the same height, and the points touch each other at the side of the board too.
My husband was only really interested in the game boards if they were 'anatomically correct', so I'm going to try to remove the stitching I did and then to redraft the pattern for the points so they are all the same and look more like the ones in the actual board game...
I'll decide then whether I do the points as reverse applique or if I put them on the board and then sew the down with raw edges, or even use the single sided fusible paper method I used for February's Stash Bee block! It was disappointing to be so near finishing the block and to have the monkey wrench thrown in about how a real backgammon board was designed, but I'm glad my friend noticed it before I started cutting as I might be still be able to use the fabric I had cut and sewn together yesterday.
I had looked at several boards that were for sale online when the pattern was distributed, but I just saw the number of points and the order of the colors, not the shape of the points or their length. Ah well.
It was nice to take a break from this by doing the drive to the country today.
So next week I'll work on the bookkeeping and the board block!