Monday, May 16, 2016

Salt Lake City

Such an interesting city. Among our most exciting adventures were learning that we could go and hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra. We didnt realize that we could go to Temple Square and hear some magnificent music!  We then spent quite some time exploring other parts of the square.  

Everything is LARGE.  For those of us who love quilts, a home of Brigham Young, Beehive House, had a few lovely old quilts 

Sadly, our planned "meet up" with Yvonne van Rijn could not happen. Alas!

Returning to home now. Lots of ideas for new projects are floating around my head. Hope your May weather is as pleasant as we have had.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Adventures Abound

We live in a pretty spectacular world, with sights and scenes that cause you to say "WOW". Let me share some of that with you.

The American National Park system is an amazing treasure.  We have seen Rocky Mountain National Park - I should say we have seen a tiny, tiny piece of RMNP 

Bear Lake (at 10,000 ft) is still frozen over. 

Nearby, in Golden, Colorado, is a charming small museum, The Rocky Mountain Quilt Musuem. They are currently having an exhibit of Australian Quilts in cooperation with Quiltmania magazine. I was astonished with the workmanship - In particular, the tiny quilting done, some even on a home machine.  The exhibit guide and I felt sure that silk thread must have been used as some of the stitching was miniscule.

Done on a home machine approx queen size.
Each dot individually quilted around. 

Sometimes it is difficult to know whether to be overwhelmed or inspired, but it was great. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Some current projects

I have been having some fun working on a couple of different projects. 

Got all the stitching done. Just to trim the darker green to a consistent size. I will be ready next year!

Pattern from Bonnie Hunter. It is called wacky stars. Lots of scraps used. 

I have long loved these stars. These are made from half square triangles. Not sure where these are going but now I know how to make them. 

Dieuwke gave me this Tree of Life panel. Using silk thread I have outlined each element (flowers, leaves, etc). I am now working on the quarter squares to surround the panel. Fitting is a major challenge. Since I dont have a pattern I am not sure exactly what comes next. I am remembering (sort of) the lovely Di Ford quilt from Quiltmania - at least as an inspiration.

Keeps me "off the streets". <smile>

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

the Weeks go tripping by

Well, yes, it has been almost "forever" since last writing.  So much happening.  Caroline was here and we were mighty, mighty busy.  And then the huge church rummage sale to attend to - we work in the Books Department.  And despite the growth of Kindle reading - we managed to sell more than $3800 worth of books.  That's a lot of books!

My on-going grandchildren duties and visits, another RV outing and then preparing for a visit to dear friends.

So to back-track:

I led a small workshop with my CTA group on the Bonnie Hunter Scrap Users system.  All about using Leaders and Enders and how to make small pieces work together to create some fun things.  These two quilts are mysteries from Bonnie.

We had a birthday party for a three year old.

Enjoyed some great springtime weather.

April Fool's Day brought some tom-foolery at the gym.  The look on the instructor's face was priceless.

Sew-a-thon for Days for Girls

Trip to the park

An RV Outing to Port Townsend, WA.  Again, fabulous weather was enjoyed.

I realize I haven't actually shown you much of anything I have sewn.  And that HAS been happening, but it will wait for another blog post.  I say I will try to do better - and I will.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Visitor from the Netherlands

I am indeed tardy in talking about Caroline's visit. While this wasn't her first visit, she had not been for a couple of years (!) so we had much to carch up on here in Seattle.  On her first day we stopped for that all-American item - a hamburger, on our way home from the airport.  That afternoon we had a somewhat delayed Christmas gift exchange. But such fun. We really missed Dieuwke and were sad that  she wAs not well enough to come along.  Caro promised to bring her gifts along to her. 

Our first big outing was the Quilter's Anonymous Quilt Show at the Monroe Fair Grounds. 

Very ordered sashing with crazy quilt type of centers. Interesting.

More than 500 quilts plus about 25 vendors. We showed great restraint and only bought a few things. Honest!

Monday was breakfast with two of our RV friends who had cycled with us in the Netherlands two years ago. Much fun. We tried to visit one of the local quilt stores but a big wind storm came up and just as we entered the store all the power and lights went out in the store. No shopping today. 

Tuesday while I did my babysitting duties, Caro used her skills to take bus downtown, all on her own.  Again, only a little quilt shopping. She tried the crumpet shop, but it was closed on Tuesday.
Caro has been here enough to know this.

That evening was a birthday celebration dinner at Salty's on Alki. Alki is the land where the Denny family landed when they first came from New York to begin the settlement of Seattle.

My secret project I couldn't show. 

Next blog with next days.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

It is almost time

Our friend Caroline will arrive in three days. We are really excited. Some of the same adventures once again but also a new one. Caro will attend the first Cascadia RV adventure of this season. President Elaine will welcome her to Fidalgo Bay RV park. It's gonna be fun!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Yeah I've been doing a few things

I was thinking that although I felt like I had been busy what could I show you?  But in fact, there are two or three things. 

My sweet friend Christian gifts me with his "out the door" shirts. So this perfect television job of "de-boning" a shirt has been going on.  Cut out all the heavy seams and collect a bunch of buttons.  It is pretty mindless but satisfying.

Been doing loads of serging for Days for Girls. Part of the challenge is getting the size just right.  I tend to err on the size of too big then I have to go back and re-do the edges. And if I'm not using exactly the same 4 cones of thread, then it can show through. Grrrrrr 

For my most recent "completion" project I came upon some "thangles" blocks I had finished but never done anything with. So I put together this small table mat, approx 12" square. The thangles are 1/2". Pretty beeny and rather difficult to work with. Oh well.

Next week is the Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Three weeks from today, our dear friends Caro and Dieuwke arrive from the Netherlands. It will be a sewing and quilting and shopping extravaganza (at least it always has been in the past). Great fun. I am looking forward to it. Get ready for lots of photos!