Monday, March 31, 2014

Quilting and Museums

It's been very busy around here the last few weeks. Occasionally there are a few moments to quilt. I'm quilting Trip Around the Block on my Bernina
Machine quilting Trip Around the Block
and hand sewing the binding of Postage Stamp during the news. I feel very efficient!
Ready to hand sew the binding on this Postage Stamp
Most of the time, however, we've been traveling or hosting friends at home. Spring is a glorious time to travel in Texas. The weather is mild and beautiful wildflowers bank all the hillsides. We drove to Dallas for the IPv6 conference and enjoyed early views of bluebonnets, Indian blanket and butterfly weed.

The Menil Museum has two Magritte exhibits, both ending in June, while the Museum of Natural Science is exhibiting an original edition of the Magna Carta, Faberge and a very interesting series of gemstone carvings by Harold van Pelt. They are all wonderful; well worth the time.

Fret not; enjoy the day.

Monday, March 17, 2014

USGS Lecture Series

Did you know the U.S. Geological Society hosts monthly lectures? Scientists speak to the general public on a variety of topics.

Last month the USGS in Menlo Park, CA, hosted a lecture on the 1964 Alaska earthquake by George Plafker. The 9.2 quake, the second largest ever recorded, and ensuing tsunami devastated southern Alaska with effects as far away as Louisiana. Land rose as much as 38 feet in some areas and dropped by as much as 8 feet in others. This event resulted in widespread acceptance of plate tectonics and the megathrust faulting that occurs when one plate subducts under another. Mr. Plafker was one of three geologists sent to map the area immediately after the earthquake and is the geologist who first recognized and named megathrust faulting fifty years ago.

Check their calendar to read about upcoming lectures. For example, next week Dan Cayan presents Preparing for California Climate Change. Can't get there? The site has a link to the live video lecture as well as an archive of previous lectures.

Other USGS regional offices have monthly lectures, too. What a wonderful public service! Good science and active participation by the audience result in a stimulating evening. I hope you get to one soon - in person or online.

Fret not; enjoy the day.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Steam Punk Quilt Blocks - Second Set

The first 32 blocks are done. It's been such fun, I wish I'd started last year. But perhaps I wouldn't enjoy the process as much if the UFO's weren't cleared out.
SteamPunkCollage2 by abbru
Steam Punk quilt blocks 17-32.
Enjoy the day!