Agricultural Work Comes To Quilting

Though I am predominately a quilter, I also love the outdoors. Along with that love for the outdoors comes a love of plants and flowers, so my house is full of them. My personal favorite is a miniature lemon tree that we got when I was either five or six. I think that my parents never expected any fruit to come off that tree, or even for the tree to survive, but because they’re good parents, and they loved me, they bought me a lemon tree, Utah living and all. It took a couple of years, but every summer, we’d move the tree outside to soak up the sunny goodness, and during the winter it lived a safe and warm distance from a window so it could be sunny and not froze.

After about 2 years, we got a few lemons off it. I believe that the first “Crop” was something like four 1/4 pound lemons off the 1 1/2 tall tree. These small but immensely satisfying harvests continued for several years, until about 3 years ago, when we started getting more like 20 lemons instead of four. I harvested the first lemon of this year on Thursday.

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This particular fruit weighs more than half a pound, and has about 20 fellows on the tree.

Thanks for reading

-S.J.

Done And Coming

I’ve been working on this for AGES. Unfortunately, I have no official start-date for this long-time UFO (Unfinished Fabric Object (Is it a UFO? Not technically fabric I suppose, but it’s sort of in the same boat as all those things…Right?)) but it’s been at some stage of construction for at least a year now (Conservative estimate). AND NOW…

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It’s done!!!!!!!!

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And along with this complete crochet project, I have started a mystery…

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Thanks for reading,

-S.J.

Here We Go…Again

Regardless of my lack of posting, I have been very productive. One of my former teachers had her first baby a few days ago, and this is the baby’s quilt.

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Her husband still teaches at my school, so when we get back from Winter break I’ll be delivering it him. The quilt is made with scraps (No surprise) from a variety of different people and places. I will admit that if I’d had many more of the big pieces of print, I’d have probably hoarded them for myself and made a quilt for Sparkle instead of baby.

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Thanks for reading, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas.

-S.J.

Well Then…

So, dearest readers, I forgot you. I am SO sorry, but I just now got on my blog and realized a horrifying thing. I have not posted since HALLOWEEN. Oops. So, a few updates. I’m making a quilt for an old teacher who is having her first baby (It’s a girl, pictures of the quilt soon). I’m also working on a forever-old afghan project (Again, pictures soon). Something I can show you a picture of is my Thanksgiving (Better late than never). I got to spend my holiday at my Grandparents, and I got to see my cousins.

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The adorable 6-year-old is my cousin Kacey. She’s the energy of the family, and can always make me smile.

I’ll try to post more frequently,

-S.J.

A Hip Hop Halloween

At the end of first and third quarter, my high school has a two-week seminar style class that we call “Intensives”. This quarter, I chose Hip Hop. Our first day, we went to an African dance studio a few miles from the school and learned about the origins of Hip Hop. Throughout the rest of that week, we choreographed a personal dance routine for a music video, researched one particular dance style, and began learning two different dances choreographed by the teacher. Week two, we spent a  day filming the music videos, presented our dance style research, and worked on cleaning up form on the dances the teachers had picked for us.

At the end of each day, for the last 10 minutes of class, we all stood in a circle in the gym. The teachers would kill the lights so it was fairly dim, and we would take turns going into the middle of the circle and dancing a 5 second solo. The first week, our dancing was pretty silly, and most of it wasn’t Hip Hop, but by the end of the second week, we all had something cool to share.

The second week we instituted “Choreography fun”. About half an hour before our ending Hip Hop circle, the teachers would tell us what sort of choreography they wanted, put us in groups, gave us a song and some speakers and said “Go”. One day we were all given songs that weren’t Hip Hop music at all and were told to go get moves that matched the lyrics. Another day we were given Hip Hop songs and told to add a certain move into our dances while still going with the lyrics.20 minutes isn’t much time to choreograph, but we did well.

We were also bringing a change over the school. Early on we discovered that when we all turned on different songs in the gym, you couldn’t hear ANYONE’S music. So we moved things out into the lunchroom area. To our dismay, having 4 groups in the gym and 4 in the lunchroom was still entirely too loud. In a moment of bravery, our teachers said “Go wherever you can hear yourself think.” If I recall the final arrangement correctly, it went something like this:  2 groups on opposite ends of the gym, 2 groups in the lunchroom. 2 groups upstairs (On opposite sides of the school). And finally 2 groups in the downstairs hall way, one about in the middle and one at the far end. Because of this spread, the whole school pulsed with music all day, not loud enough to disrupt, but loud enough to be there. Kids from other intensives came to watch us on break, and the whole school wanted to know what we were doing in the gym when we didn’t let people watch.

On the last half of the last day of intensives, all of the classes presented their projects to the school. For the first half we worked on final presentation prep. Everyone else was in class rooms, so we Hip Hop people flooded the hall and worked on our “Art”. Finally it was time to look and share–ready or not. Slide shows, art work, a scale model of Rome, it was all very nice.  Then the principal asked everyone to move to one end of the gym and sit. We all came strolling together, and everyone started to realize that the kids with scary makeup were all from the same intensive.

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Yeah, it was pretty cool. We performed Thriller, and it was the most exhilarating thing ever. It was so successful, and we all had a great time.

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The makeup was a combined effort of my own work and a friend’s, and it was very entertaining, especially because it tickled.

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Thanks for reading, hope you had a happy Halloween!

-S.J.