Maybe I should spend a little less time quilting and a little more time making sure summer squash harvesting is getting done….Nahhh. These guys really were hidden and totally escaped both my husband’s and my notice. They are too heavy to wear as bracelets, but will go really well in zucchini bread. A friend of mine also just gave me a recipe using shredded zucchini in lieu of flour for a pizza crust. It sounded intriguing and will be worth a try.
This is the first day of the “Chimney” fire just a few miles from our house. It’s called the Chimney fire because it started near a landmark called Chimney Rock. Many homes have been lost. The fire has been burning for a week now and as of this morning has consumed 15,439 acres and is only 35% contained. Cal Fire says that they are concerned that Hearst Castle is now threatened. We have a lot of friends who live in the path of the fire to the north, but the fire remains on the southwest side of Lake Nacimiento at this point and hopefully won’t cross the narrows of the Nacimiento River, which is what it was threatening to do yesterday. It seems it is moving more in a westerly direction, which is good news for most.
In one of those good news/bad news situations, My friend and I have been making the above signature quilt for a 16 year-old girl from our church who was shot in the head twice two weeks ago. It was a gang shooting and she was riding in a car with someone whom she shouldn’t have been with. One of the bullets went in her eye and the other shattered her cheekbone. Everyone in the church immediately started praying for her. The family was told that she wouldn’t survive the first night, and if she did, she would be a vegetable. Two days later they removed the bullets from her head and did their best to save her eyeball. There are several bone fragments buried deep in her brain that they can’t remove without doing more damage. The good news is the next day after the surgery, she was texting her friends and up walking around. Because she knew sign language, the doctors tried testing her cognitive capacity by asking her to sign the alphabet. When she did that perfectly, they asked her to sign the alphabet backwards, which she was also able to do. It’s really a miracle.
Instead of making the traditional signature quilt, I dug out my old X-block ruler from Patricia Pepe, which I hadn’t used in several years and made the tweaked blocks seen above. I dug through my scrap bins and stash to find the happiest fabrics we could. We are now gathering signatures and words of encouragement for her. Even though things are going well, it will still be a long road both physically and emotionally for her. We wanted her to have something tangible that she could hang on to to reminder her that there are a lot of people who love her and are praying for her.