Northern Lights

When I was in middle school I spent a few weeks at a Girl Scout camp in Traverse City, Michigan – as I did every summer. One night in the wee hours of morning, my counselor woke us up and told us to grab our sleeping bag and follow her. She took us up to the top of a big hill to meet the rest of the camp. There, I saw the Northern Lights for the very first time. We lay on the ground on or in our sleeping bags and looked straight up at the heavens and saw the beautiful colors swirl and change for nearly an hour. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and something I’ll remember all my life.
The block you see here is part of my “Dear Sammy Jane” quilt, and is called “Northern Lights.” (LS-8) It doesn’t look anything like the Northern Lights I saw, though. This little block is paper pieced and hand appliqued. I’m going to work more for awhile doing hand piecing. I love the relaxation of it, and then I don’t have to pick these *#G*D”*%’*#QX”*% pieces of paper out of the finished product. YICK! With this block, my Dear Jane numbers are now 56-12-2-1671. 56 blocks, 12 triangles, 2 corners, and a total of 1671 pieces so far. More coming!
The weather has been perfect here over the last week. We’ve even had the bedroom window open a crack at night. A slight bit of chill, but perfect for sleeping. This weekend looks like rain, though. Jacob and Samantha will be here Saturday night. I was hoping for nice weather so he could ride his bike and tractor outside. We’ll see. This is Sammy’s first night at Grammy and Bumpa’s house. We’re excited!

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