Friday, August 25, 2017

The Amazing Eclipse

I have no project to show off this week, but that doesn't mean I don't have eye candy!

This past Monday I went to see the solar eclipse. It was completely amazing! Before this eclipse, I remember 2 eclipses in my life ... and they were both when I was in Shanghai. Once when I was in kindergarten (which I barely remember now) and once when I was working in Shanghai, about 9 years ago. Unfortunately, the time I was working in Shanghai, the air pollution was decently bad, so while it got totally dark in the middle of the day ... I couldn't actually see the sun itself.

But this time, we drove to my mother-in-law's place, which is in the path of totality. Even better, she lives in the middle of nowhere! The experience was quite amazing, the way it got dark and all the crickets started chirping. And the sight of the moon with the corona behind it, well, words can't describe it, nor can pictures!

I'm not sure how people took those photos where a part of the sun is actually missing. I put the eclipse glasses lens on my camera and took the picture this way, and basically, what I saw with my eye wasn't what I got. Oh well. The picture on the right isn't actually the eclipse, but I managed to get a planet on it! I think it's supposed to be Venus.

And what better way to commemorate this event than to buy fabric? (That's my answer to everything. Anniversary present? Buy fabric. Surviving a hard week with my kids? Buy fabric. Finish a quilt? Buy fabric.) But to make it really special, I decided to buy a bundle of Spoonflower fabric based on the theme of solar eclipse. I love Spoonflower, but it's so expensive because it's printed digitally on demand. I only save it for special occasions, and I think a solar eclipse counts!

They arrived in yard-cuts, with 2 designs printed on each one. So in essence, it's a half-yard bundle. But perhaps it's too special, and now I fear it'd never get used!


  1. What a fun way to celebrate the eclipse! Looking forward to seeing what you create with this bundle.

  2. The eclipse was amazing! We were able to view totality too! We went to Carbondale, IN. Where were you? I'm working on a post about the eclipse today too!

  3. That eclipse was super fun! Love the fabrics you found. Twin Cities Quilting has some neat, modern, original patterns. Check out Como Park:
    Just a thought! You will come up with something wonderful.

  4. Your're righ, buying fabric is perfect for any celebration! Looking forward to what you make with the spoonflower fabric. Where did you view the eclispe?

  5. So that's what you've been up to! How fun and exciting to see the Eclipse and I am so with you that to commemorate this event is to buy special fabric. I can't wait to see what you create; you probably received more amazing energy from experiencing the eclipse.


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