Friday, May 18, 2012

nothing to blog about

Time was, I 'd find any old thing to blog about -- even nothing. But this week, I got sidetracked with finding my possible relatives after I had my DNA done. So interesting! I have realized that going back 5+ generations, I am related to half the world. In any case, I have heard from a number of people on whose list of matches I came up and vice-versa...and I have been doing research, trying to find the common link on my mother's side of the family. Very complicated, very confusing, and fascinating.
If you've thought about it, go to FamilyTreeDNA and check it out.
I highly recommend it. I see a number of people who have been adopted and are looking for biological relatives (even distant ones, like 5th cousins) through DNA matches. I hope they find some connections.

The other thing I've been doing at night instead of blogging is finishing up some small Cinderella (UFO) blocks as class samples for what you can do in a day in one of my workshops. Of course, nobody's results will look like these, but they are just examples. I will bring them to class this weekend, which is why I have been so preoccupied.

This next one, I just finished putting together and haven't done anything with it yet.  The components were made while I was working on the book and have been sitting around forever.  Yesterday, I decided to do something with them.  Here is the remaining Ohio Star, followed by what I finally did with it.

 The pix are slightly fuzzy because I took them in a urry, but you get the idea.  Just a whimsical, off-kilter piece that will eventually end up as a finished one. 

And now, back to packing up supplies for my weekend class at Courthouse Quilters in Frenchtown, NJ.
This is one of my favorites to teach, so I can't wait!  Will try to find time to blog over the weekend.


Connie Rose said...

I especially love the turquoise/chartreuse piece! Hmmm, relative hunting by DNA match...what an interesting concept. Of course this could tell you if some of those folks were criminals, as well. Have a great weekend! xo

Rayna said...

No known criminals in my family, but it's never too late to find out something new - LOL.

deanna7trees said...

i have been trying to trace my family tree with not much luck. my mom was born in Israel and my father's family is from Turkey. i will try the link you mention. also love seeing how you rework your quilt blocks.

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

AS someone who had been adopted at birth, I have to say this kind of DNA thing definitely has me curious. Just not sure I want to open that can of worms with my adopted family, the only family I have known. AS things stand right now, not knowing, I COULD still be royalty.

HollyM said...

Our family tree has been done back to the 180's. It is fascinating.
I love those pieces, but especially the first two. It's probably something to do with the colors.

GerryART said...

Hubby and I are interested in genealogy. We began in 1993 and searched, researched and have thoroughly enjoyed the detective work involved.
For a while was a great help.
Your work is amazing, Rayna.

Karoda (nickname) said...

Do you watch the tv shows about tracing relatives via DNA? Henry Louis Gates has one on PBS and I think there is another one called Who Do You Think You Are? I think it is very fascinating and hope to do it myself one day!

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