Quilt for sweet baby James

14 04 2019

I have a new grand great nephew! (Aside: Why isn’t it ‘grand nephew’? If my sister is the grandmother and my mother is the great grandmother, then why aren’t I a grand aunt? Why does that relationship get called ‘great’ instead of ‘grand’? Aha! I just looked it up and I *can* [and should] be a grand aunt: https://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/news-blogs/now-what/aunts-and-uncles-grand-not-great/)

James was born almost a year ago, and was recently adopted by my nephew and his husband. Of course, a new child means a new quilt! When I asked, they said his nursery was in tones of greys and blues, with elephants a big theme. So an elephant quilt it was — I even had some fabric printed with tiny elephants that I used for the appliqued elephants.

 

Wide vertical strips of various grey fabrics, split by two yellow horizontal strips, with appliqued elephants

Wide vertical strips of various grey fabrics, split by two yellow horizontal strips, with appliqued elephants

In the panel between the two yellow strips, I stitched a row of elephants

In the panel between the two yellow strips, I stitched a row of elephants

Above the topmost yellow strip, I quilted stylised suns, representing the harsh heat of an African summer

Above the topmost yellow strip, I quilted stylised suns, representing the harsh heat of an African summer

For the quilting, I did narrow wavy lines with grasses popping up every so often to represent the ground below the elephants, followed by wider wavy lines representing heat haze, then spiky lines representing mountains in the distance

For the quilting, I did narrow wavy lines with grasses popping up every so often to represent the ground below the elephants, followed by wider wavy lines representing heat haze, then spiky lines representing mountains in the distance.

Another picture showing the quilting. You can just see the tiny elephants on the fabric used for the appliqued elephants.

Another picture showing the quilting. You can just see the tiny elephants on the fabric used for the appliqued elephants.

I stitched continuous 'u' shapes in the yellow strips. They have no particular meaning.

I stitched continuous ‘u’ shapes in the yellow strips. They have no particular meaning.

I used an animal alphabet fabric for the backing

I used an animal alphabet fabric for the backing

And of course, the animal alphabet backing fabric had 'E for elephant'!

And of course, the animal alphabet backing fabric had ‘E for elephant’!





Kudos to American Airlines

2 04 2019

I must say that American Airlines has upped their game a LOT in the past few years. The new Flagship Lounges at the major airports (I’ve tried Chicago and now JFK) are wonderful, with good selections of food (not just stale cheese and crackers) and drinks, friendly staff, good showers, oodles of power outlets, good seating for working at a laptop (Qantas could learn something from this… too many of its lounges have very low [and round] tables which are fine for putting a cup of coffee on, but not conducive to working on a laptop without severe stress on your back).

And the flight I just took from Boston to JFK? Amazing! It was on an A321 (flight 1140), and even though I’d booked and paid for Economy, I was seated in Main Cabin Extra (I think that’s what it’s called), which was akin to a full international Business Class, with lie-flat seats, two each either side of the aisle. The First Class cabin was a real First Class, with single suites either side of the aisle. Because it was such a short flight (about 45 mins in the air) and bumpy, there was little service where I was seated—just a bottle of water. And being a noon flight and so short, I didn’t need to lie flat to try to sleep. I didn’t pay any extra for the seat either—just the normal Economy fare—but I think my status as Qantas Platinum (OneWorld Emerald) meant that I was able to choose the seat that I did for no extra charge. I had no idea it would be as good as it was.

This is streets ahead of what many of my previous experiences with American Airlines have been.