A Cautionary Tale

Here in Indiana we are not able to vote by mail unless we meet a narrow set of criteria.  We do, however, have early voting, which starts one month before election day.  We decided to vote early yesterday.  The weather was beautiful and my daughter did not have afternoon classes.  We found a good parking spot, although, wouldn't you know it, it was one of two meters on the block that for some reason did not participate in the parking app.  We got in line at the end of a very long line--nearly two sides of a city block.  People were polite.  Everyone was masked and maintaining social distance, which is very important to me. I admired the leaves and the clear blue skies.

We made it to the front of the line in just under an hour.  I reached into my purse to pull out my wallet and license.  No license is in my wallet.  😩  Are you kidding me?? I sent my husband and daughter in to vote without me.

I had been at the bank earlier in the day, cashing a check for my son.  In order to receive cash back, you must include your license in the drive-thru tube.  I called home and had my son see if my license was in his envelope of money.  Thankfully it was, so at least it wasn't out in the wild, but again, no voting for me.  I did have a fleeting thought that if I still lived in Maryland, I could have voted without the license.  Not sure if that's true anymore or not, but at the time we lived there it was.

I went back first thing this morning and the line wrapped nearly around the entire block, so still no voting for me--based on yesterday's wait times, I estimated it would have been close to 2.5 hours and there was no available parking nearby.  I will try again this afternoon.  Moral of the story:  make sure you have your license before leaving the house.  

Continuing on with the woe-is-me, you may recall that we had to replace all the windows in our house under warranty since they leaked.  We finished that this summer, but still need to replace all the window trim on the main level of the house.  I asked my husband to start in our master bath.  He had to repair some of the drywall since the paper tore when he removed the trim.  He used a piece of that to color match the paint since we had apparently used all of the original paint. He sent me in to clean after he had replaced the mirrors and lights and removed the tape and plastic sheeting.  Houston, we have a problem.

The color-matched paint did not match at all.  I cannot live with an "accent wall".  This morning I went and bought new paint and we are now repainting the entire bathroom.  This deserves another 😩.  Moral of the story:  save at least the paint can lid with a sample of the paint on it and probably also write down the color mixing codes to keep in a safe place.  

Two cautionary tales for the price of one this week!

Moving on to sewing, I quilted a shy quilt this week.  This quilt lived with me all summer while I waited for the iQ and removed the damage that the Grace QCT inflicted on it. {Don't worry, it wasn't actually damaged.  The QCT malfunctioned and died a few rows in, so I had to rip out everything very carefully. The iQ is so superior in every way.} I used the Ikat 1 design, which I found needed a lot of little tweaks and eyes on the quilt at all times.  I was really pleased with the final result. While I cannot show you the shy quilt, I feel like this picture is generic enough to be okay. I returned the quilt to its owner yesterday.  

I'm still sewing a secret project, so no photos of that either.  This week's post is probably pretty boring to most readers--sorry, but this is my life and it is often quite boring.

I've been working on a guild BOM program for 2021 and pulled out a couple of books for reference. I thought maybe you'd like to see my quilting books.  Do you have a favorite or two that you return to time and again?  I'd love to know what it is.

The one I use most often is 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone. You can see all the paper markers hanging out of it.  The runner up is Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  I've had both for ages.  I decided this week that I needed to treat myself and preordered the new version of Brackman's book from EQ.  It should show up in December.

I hope your week is better than mine!  As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read my musings.


  1. Wow, I have never had to wait in much of a line to vote, thankfully! I remember going with my parents as a child and I don't think they had to show ID because the community was small and everyone knew each other, I guess. I hate that fraud is such an issue but I understand why they make us show ID. A different world! Beautiful fabrics in that "hidden" quilt, and quilting ;o).

  2. Ugh! North Carolina passed a voter ID law but it was overturned by the courts. Lots of people are voting by absentee ballot in NC so that may be helping things here; we were in and out in 40 minutes with a swift-moving, socially-distanced, ALMOST fully mask-compliant line of voters. Only one couple refusing to wear masks even though signs said it was mandatory. They told the poll worker they had a medical exemption but I looked that up when I got home and the NC State Board of Elections web site says that people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons are supposed to do "curb side voting" from their cars. Whatever... I'm just glad that I was able to cast my ballot without having to camp out overnight. As for the paint snafu -- I knew where that was going. Paint changes color from UV exposure over time with the greatest discoloration happening closest to windows. That was my plantation shutter guy's big disclaimer when I brought him in on an interior design project and the clients wanted shutters matched to trim paint -- he always warned the the window sill isn't exactly the same color as the top window molding anymore, and the window trim on the East facing side of the room isn't the same exact shade as the window trim paint on the West facing windows, etc. How frustrating for you! But on the BRIGHT side, your ikat quilting looks fantastic! I am pacing around impatiently, checking my email over and over again to see if there's any update on my IQ... I'm living the dream through you, Anne-Marie! And I'm going to have to order the updated Encyclopedia from EQ/Brackman as well, although I'm extremely disappointed that EQ decided to simplify/dumb-down historic block patterns in the updated version of Blockbase, redrawing seam lines. At least they should include the original versions of the blocks as an option for purists, don't you think?

  3. 5500 Quilt Blocks is my favorite and I have bookmarked many pages. My bookmarks also have blocks numbers written all over them. Good thing to know on the paint, that has to be so frustrating. Oh and the voting, that is crazy.