I keep meaning to mention a couple of non-quilty blogs that I read regularly. The first is called haha.nu. I can't remember where I found out about this, and I have no idea who "runs" it -- but it's a treasure-trove of links to interesting, amusing, and/or thought-provoking short videos, art exhibits, games, and so on. Today, among other things, there's a little video narrated by David Attenborough, about some crows in Japan that have developed a new way to get their walnuts cracked for them.
The second blog is Three Beautiful Things. This is written by a British woman who wants to record three things that give her pleasure each day. I found this because it was listed as a "blog of note" one day on BlogSpot recently. It's such a simple premise and most days' postings are short -- but I find it such a treat to read. It could be treacle-sweet, but it's not!
On a quilty note, I'm pushing through my list of things to accomplish this month and you'll note a few items crossed out already. I took a break from the list last night to start a Sassy Bag for one of my nieces -- I think all the female relatives are going to get purses for the holidays this year. I'm having fun picking out fabric to suit each of them -- generally I've been buying one focus fabric (a FQ or half-yard) and the rest is coming from stash. I'll follow up with some photos as soon as I get a couple of them done.
Today I'm off to quilt with a couple of friends for the afternoon. I have a "block party" block from a local store to do, and then I'll continue with the first purse, after I stop by Joann's for some new elastic and a couple of other notions.
I'm leaving you with a photo of my just-finished Japanese Puzzle top -- this is a project I started several years ago, and it's been clinging tenuously to a flannel board all that time, with occasional lapses where half the pieces fell on the floor. Since it's one of those patterns where every piece needs to be marked with numbered masking tape, and masking tape loses its "stick" after a while -- I don't recommend letting this one sit as long as I did. It ended up being something of an IQ test to get everything back in the right place! It also requires a certain amount of sewing accuracy that I didn't always achieve... but oh well. I'm thinking that I can attach a triangle of fabric on the back at each of the corners, and have two thin slats of wood to hold it into a diamond shape. Has anyone tried this technique?