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It's been a long, rough week. I made a flight reservation that I thought was for 5:47 pm and it was really for AM.... AM...whoa, that's early! And then I had 2 appointments cancel...argh! I spent a good amount of time re-arranging flights, hotel reservations, customer appointments, etc. And then, when the airline wouldn't let me change my flight (even though the evening flight was 1/2 full and the morning flight I was on was full), I had to find an inexpensive hotel near the airport. When I checked in the man at the counter put me on the ground level. As a woman traveling alone, I never want to stay on the ground level. He said that he was not allowed to change me even though he had plenty of open rooms. So after having to pay about 25% more for a room on the second floor, I found this cigarette burn on my comforter cover in a no-smoking room at the Motel 6. All this reminds me that there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME! Be kind to your sales reps, they work under hard conditions away from home and family!
Does this sound familiar?
Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to do any geometry theorems. A really long time. So I really had to dig deep to figure out how to find the finished size of the Rubble Pillow from any starting size of square. *Check out the directions under “Classes and Workshops” tab.
My recollection was very vague (my last geometry class was in 1976!). So I sought out the expertise of my favorite retired Seattle Pacific University mathematics professor, Janet Buck. We sat in the balcony of the church one Sunday morning and she verified my logic and told me I was, indeed, doing it right. So here it is.
Both of the measurements for “a” and “b” are going to be ½ of the measurement of the starting side less the ½” used in your seam allowance. We are using a square, so “a” and “b” are the same measurement. So, take ½ of the side measurement, subtract ½” seam allowance and square it (times it by itself). Then, double that number and find the square root of that. Your phone will have a calculator that will do these calculations! This will be your finished pillow size!
For example: starting square is 20” on each side
2(9.5 x 9.5)=180.5
Your finished Rubble Pillow will be a little less than 13 ½”.
Go math nerds!
When my kids were young there was this one kid in school. It's the kid that seems to always be in trouble for something...never his fault. This kid touched my heart. In second grade he was a foot taller than all the others. He needed a different desk, but he had the same little desk as everyone. Once we were on our way to a field trip and he wasn't getting to go until I said that I would be his personal chaperone. I knew that he would never disrespect me.
Each year he and his sister (and then more and more kids from his neighborhood) would come over the week before Valentine's Day and design a card on the computer, print out 30 of them and tie them to the box of pastel Valentine candies in preparation for the party at school. I loved this so much that I bought out all the stores of those silly little boxes on the day after Valentine's the year before and store them in the freezer so I would have enough. Hundreds of little boxes of pastel heart candy!
His mom was in the Army, so the family moved away. Years later, I see this big kid walking up my path and realize that it's him! The family was visiting and he made his mom drive him over to our house! We have become friends on Facebook and I've watched him grow into a fine young man. I've been so proud for him when he has made the Dean's List and graduated from college! As I said, this kid grabbed my heart.
He is 24 now and in six weeks he is going to be a dad. He asked me to make him "one of those blankets with the tiles" for his baby so that she will know about his friends in Seattle. Of course I will! And, of course, he means a quilt and quilt blocks. What do you think? We are each going to do a personal block and all the others will be pink hearts. My block will be an Airedale! Remember to love all the kids in your children's class. Some day they will be awesome adults!!
shapes seen in the rugs and tiles around the city. The imagery is seen in the prints and in the quilting of her coordinating quilt patterns. Valori was delighted to work with Project Soar, an outreach designed to empower young girls through health, athletics and art during her last trip to Marrakech. She is returning to Marrakech this week to teach at Peacock Pavilion.
Jasmine will be in your local shop at the end of November. When you take it home, you will be delighted by the really cool selvages that recount Valori's experiences and inspiration. What a fun bonus!