Here is how the day unfolded. We drove south for 4 hours, 2 of those in the pouring rain, and arrived in Hamilton, MO just as it started to rain again. The plan had been to go find an open space to watch the eclipse from, but there didn't seem to be much point in the rain so we headed to Missouri Star Quilt Company instead. (Ooops. Forgot pictures of that. Bad blogger!)
Just after spying some Anne of Green Gables themed fabric, we spotted shadows outside the window, which meant there was a hole in the clouds, so we ran out to go grab the eclipse glasses out of the car (where we had left them because, well, it was raining!). On the way, two lovely quilters offered let us peek through theirs in case the clouds blocked the view again again before we got to the car. Quilters are just plain nice!
So here's what the partial eclipse looked like when photographed with a phone camera, without filters, through patchy cloud. Pretty picture, but not much about it says eclipse! I did see the disc with the bite taken out of it through the eclipse glasses though.
About 10 minutes before totality, heavier clouds rolled in and blocked our view, and made my husband face fall, because they stretched pretty far and there was no way they were going to pass before totality. We did see the sky turn to twilight though, and street lights came on. This was shortly after 1pm. Away to the east, just clear of the clouds, we saw what hubby has since identified as Saturn becoming visible in the lower light. Look for the white pinprick beside the "Saturn" label in the picture.
And about 1 minute into totality someone gasped, and everyone looked up again to see the clouds parting just a little. Again, lousy picture but in person it was beautiful, a solid black disc surrounded by a shimmering silvery glow.
We watched the rest of totality, about a minute's worth, saw the red beads on the edge as the moon moved on, and a few seconds later the clouds blocked the sun again. Of course, a while later the sky was clear again as we came out of the shops and took a last peek at the moon almost past the sun.
We did take a photo of the quilt in Hamilton, just to show it was there:
I meant to take a closer shot as well, but the social media director at Missouri Star distracted me by rushing up and asking to take a picture, and by the time we finished chatting I forgot to turn around and snap a better picture. She got one though and posted it on their Quilting Deals facebook page. She neglected to use my full name in the post, but Joanne K. is me and that's my quilt :) The post is pretty far down their page by now but I shared it on my Canuck Quilter FB page so I could find it again easily.
What about the fabric? Well, I don't use precuts much, and I'm pretty spoiled with the excellent fabric selection at Quilting Connection, but I found a couple of collections to bring home.
Up first, the Anne of Green Gables themed fabric from Penny Rose Fabrics. Not my usual colors, but my daughter and I are both Anne fans. There are quotes on some of the fabrics, and Green Gables on another. I have plans for two scrappy throws (one for Laura, one for me) with a period look.
There were charm packs and jelly rolls left, but I didn't want to limit my pattern choices so I asked for 1/4 yard cuts instead. I did the math, and it was much cheaper that way too! I don't think the fellow cutting my fabric was as excited by that or by the fabric's possibilities as me. I suspect he was not a quilter.
The girl cutting my fabric in the batik shop was much more lively and interested in fabric possibilities. I think she may be a quilter! I chose a fat quarter bundle and a little extra yardage of Artisan Batiks: Northwoods by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
I had a Christmas remake of Star Steps in mind, but now I have another idea kicking around in my brain. I wonder if there's enough fabric in there for both?
The four hour drive home seemed longer than the drive down, probably due to the very heavy rain for the second half. However, that brought a gorgeous rainbow, so the day finished on a pleasant note.
What did you do on Eclipse Day?