I feel like the amazing bionic woman with my new glasses, although my husband is, I'm afraid, getting very bored with me saying, "Hey, I can see those trees (cars, people, houses, etc.) perfectly now!" Anyway, I will quit boring the daylights out of everybody and just say that it is really, really nice to be able to see clearly once more. I have the deepest sympathy for anyone who has problems with their eyesight; my sight is my most precious sense.
Coincidentally, my Amazon order arrived the day after my glasses. I bought myself a copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. I had ordered it for a reread after seeing part of the movie on television. This was one of those books that we all read in junior high school (another was Gone With the Wind). The library copy was always hard to obtain, maybe because the book was so long, maybe because once someone started to read it, everyone else just had to read it too. We had a bit of herd mentality in junior high.
It's always interesting to reread a book after so long. So many things in it went right over my head as a rather naive thirteen year old! How could I have missed that one of the aunts worked in a condom factory? Did I even know what condoms were at that age? I can't remember. What makes this book so fascinating is that it tells what it was like to grow up in a tenement in Brooklyn, New York during the early part of the century. For the most part it is matter-of-fact and unsentimental. People were hungry. Money was scarce. The streets were mean. People did what they had to do in order to survive, but once in a while life could be sweet. Rereading this reminded me of Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt) and also The Dollmaker (Harriette Arnow). And for some reason, the Little House on the Prairie books. It's definitely worthwhile reading.
Tonight I'm headed off to quilt guild. I'm passing out part two of the mystery quilt directions and we're having a program on quilted postcards. I've seen so many of the postcards on various blogs, but I'm not sure what they are or how to make them. One of the presenters does them quite extensively I'm told, so it's sure to be an interesting meeting.
We are also starting a round robin tonight. This is our first (we are only about a year and a half old). Everyone who wants to participate is supposed to make a square, and then the squares will be exchanged and borders added to them. We are also supposed to include a journal so that those who work on the quilts will be able to communicate with each other.
This little star is only 8 inches, but I wanted something small because I'm probably going to end up hand quilting whatever I get and I don't want to have to spend the rest of my life on it. My inspiration fabric is the floral on the right. It was part of the fabric collection for last summer's shop hop. I helped out at the LQS and cut hundreds of fat quarters of this and the other fabric for the block kits. I didn't buy any more than this fat quarter, but I love the combination of reds, blues, and yellows in this. I'm not sure if we're supposed to add our own fabrics to the boxes with the blocks, but I had little scrips and scraps that I thought might go with it, so I'm putting those in.
I'm kind of excited to see what happens with this. We have some really experienced quilters in our guild along with a couple of newbies. All the results are going to be interesting, I'm sure.