The blog has been somewhat inactive because we had someplace special to be for a couple of days.
This might have been obvious from the color scheme (red and black) of the elephant block,
They had commencement (this was one of four ceremonies!) in their basketball arena. As y'all can see. this allowed them to use the "Jumbotron" to give everyone in the place a really good look at their family members crossing in the front. It also meant that there was plenty of seating. This may have been the best organized commencement ever, and because it was in the basketball arena there were concessions selling coffee.
The visit to Lubbock, for us, requires 2 days driving each way. (For my European readers, this is because Texas is huge.) We just like to have a more pleasant experience, so we split the 12 hour drive in two. This also allows us to stop over in either San Antonio or Kerrville en route. (Second link is for the geographic area called the Texas Hill Country.)
The elephant quilt is progressing...meaning that a design is in progress for the rest of the quilt. (The elephant is the center of a three foot by three foot block right now.) Expected final size is 5 feet by 6 feet. (approx. 1.5 m by 2 m) It is not expected to be finished until after we complete our pilgrimage.