Regardless of moving from Fremont we did not break tradition and made it to the Fremont Solstice Parade with children in tow.
I won’t get into too much about the history of the parade, but it originated in a hope to make a better world by supporting the neighborhood and raising funds to end poverty. Roan’s school in Fremont was a grant recipient and in turn able to help school many of the city’s homeless children. The parade is void of anything motorized, highly artistic in nature often with a theme of political protest and really is an all over good time.
It is traditionally led by body-painted bicyclists. This year there were hundreds of them. A great way to show eleven year olds that even painted artistically 99% of bodies look nothing like in magazines;)
Of course we broke out the Solstice Quilt to place on the pavement. This quilt lives in the car and is the most washed quilt we own. One thing I noticed this year about putting something handmade onto the ground was people respected your space a little more. Considering the parade was the largest I’d seen this was a good thing. Once the parade was in full swing and we weren’t really sitting anymore I pulled it back to a less selfish amount of space.
The Solstice Picnic Quilt was the first quilt I ever created in a virtual quilting bee. I gathered 36 scraps of the same color for each participant and had them cut and sew together the postage stamp blocks.
Of course as I discovered when the blocks were returned is that a quarter inch seam isn’t the same measurement to everyone, so I built each block out log cabin style and squared them all wonky with my largest template to the same size.
This quilt was also my first free motion quilting experience. I had a cramp in my calf for about four days after from pressing the pedal and it truly is a disaster if you look close. It was a great practice tool.
House on Hill Road gave me the idea for the ‘rock pockets” on the back corners to weight the quilt so that the crows or wind can’t fly off with it on the beach.
I’ve always loved this out of print Alexander Henry Sun Signs print and fussy cut out Jefe’s, Roan’s and my signs.
If you don’t have a quilt of this utilitarian nature I suggest you make one. Picnics, beach, parade, soccer games, I can’t imagine life without it.
Happy Week Peeps;)
I believe I’ll have furniture in the studio by next week!