Over the February break (an unexpected privilege of working at a private school) I had a truly transcendent day. It started out rainy, but broke enough for me to meet Kyle for some waffley goodness at the Farmer's market.
I then went to the main library and did a little research on where my great-grandparents lived in the 1920s and 30s. The family story is that like all good Italians they lived in North Beach, but one time my grandpa said that he went to catechism in the Bayview. When I asked why he would go from North Beach to the Bayview for catechism he said that they lived there. Turns out for three years in the 30s they went from living in an apartment to a house in the Bayview. A few years later they returned. You go, City Directory!
My last stop in Civic Center was in the knitting and sewing sections of the library. There I found Even More Quilts for Baby: Easy as ABC, an amazing guide to creating baby quilts. Ursula Reikes walks you through exactly how to cut, piece, and assemble 20 baby quilts. That afternoon I cut out the pieces for a quilt and by the next day the quilt top was assembled. A few weeks and a walking foot later, I had made a Triple Rails quilt for a co-worker's impending daughter. Two of the fabrics might be familiar from my first quilt, but the construction and placement make for two very different quilts.
I love quilting, especially for now like this, where I have very specific instructions. I am a firm believer that you need to know who to walk before you can run, so I like how this is getting me into the rhythm of quilting so that someday my machine quilting might have a little more finesse than this:
Since then I have purchase all three volumes of Reikes Quilts for Baby with plans to keep practicing as long as my friends and family keep procreating. Then, maybe, I will move on to something bigger. In the meantime, this is hobby is a mean fabric stash buster.