We just came back from the mountain house where there was a loud, rip-roaring thunderstorm going on this afternoon! My elderly cat, Mitzie, was finding comfort on the inside stair landing underneath the fern and in the company of the stone rabbits. I couldn't resist taking her photo.…Continue
Does anyone else feel that something very essential has gone wrong in Western Civilization when there are celebrations and dancing in the streets after the death of former English political leader, Margaret Thatcher, who has been out of office for more than 23 years, and who died after suffering many years from dementia? "Ding-dong, the witch is dead", indeed! That's appalling!
Can you imagine anything like that happening here at the death of any of our former presidents, such as…Continue
The snow has finally melted and this little unidentified flower has popped up through the old pine needles!
Here is my row quilt that I had still out to the long-arm quilter last week. I picked it up and hurried to finish it, although it was too late for this year's show. Two friends and I had made the same quilt with different fabrics -- this is mine, and I call it "Cats of the Garden Wild", since I was using African ethnic fabrics, and the title of one of this year's Oscar contenders, Beasts of the Southern Wild, was in my mind. The only difference in design was the appliqued blocks - I used…Continue
This is, without a doubt, my oldest UFO. It has been in various stages of construction for more than 20 years! It was my second class with the guild, and we were being taught the Log Cabin. I had this wonderful idea to do it it shades of gray and black with a yellow center -- sort of a light-in-the-window effect. At that time, gray fabrics were hard to find, so I…Continue
My quilting friends are sort of equally split on this one. The theme for the Quilt Show was chosen last fall, "Quilts in the Garden", or maybe its "Quilting in the Garden" - anyway it is something to do with "garden". So I made this quilt to illustrate the theme and use up some gradated Fossil Fern fabric I had hanging around. It just sort of evolved as I went along. I named it "Fried Egg Flowers and Funky Butterflies," since I couldn't think of anything clever. The pattern on which it…Continue
Well, that may be overstating the case a bit, but It seems like I have been working on this quilt all of my adult life! I started it in 2005 when DS went off to college to study geology in Montana. There he met DIL-to-be, who was also studying geology, so I started collecting "rock" fabric with this quilt in mind. There are 64 blocks with 3 "rocks" each -- let's see now, that's 192 "rocks", all turned-edge machine appliqued - no fusible. It got put away from time to time over the years,…Continue
The light must not have been right, because this quilt did not photograph very well. The colors are prettier than they appear. As you may have noticed over the last few posts, my quilting does not tend to be traditional in style or color and, unless it is a baby quilt, I rarely work in the pastel color ways. This bed-sized quilt is entirely made of two-and-a-half inch Batik strips from a Bali Pop set called "Cotton Candy". (I actually used three of them!) Since they are so pricey to…Continue
I just ran across a photo of "Bugs in a Bottle", that is the companion quilt to "Fishbowls in the Library", in case those of you who liked "Fishbowls" would like to see it. It's an older quilt and not for show consideration this year.
Okay...I meant to post this one WITH the kitties, but my skills with photographs are somewhat uneven. This could be a child's quilt, but not necessarily. It is a narrow, long quilt because I intended it to depict a tall bookcase with fishbowls instead of books. My DH is a picky retired fisheries biologist who sort of scoffs at any fish fabrics I show him, even the realistic ones, as "fantasy fish." So over time I collected quite a few…Continue
Again, kind of a descriptive title for a very colorful children's quilt. It started with a length of fabric, black with framed whimsical kitties printed on it, that I purchased on a trip through Montana. It languished in my stash for quite awhile until I imagined what to do with it. I stumbled upon the kitty footie-print fabric later, and it all came together. The tilted set of the blocks occurred to me after I laid it out straight and decided that was boring. I think the angular…Continue
Some of you may recognize this first pattern (it's called "Sidelights"). But I'm in love with the fabrics! Fabric selection is everything in this quilt. The chrysanthemum border could be overwhelming, but toned down by the tan and gold sashings, it compliments the crane panel. The quilt is called "Moonlit Cranes."
The second quilt is called "Clematis" and…Continue
They just seem to find me when I'm outside in the summer. Because of that, I was attracted to the main fabric in this quilt and began it last summer at a 3-day retreat. I often put a dragonfly somewhere in my quilts, but this one is of full of them! Nicole machine quilted it for me, and when I showed it to her, she sighed, "Oh..flanges...again." They have to be quilted around, and not down. They are the 3-D quarter inch black borders around each of the panel sections. This one has an…Continue
Not much of a creative title here -- more just descriptive. This is basically a panel, the most beautiful panel I have ever found! It's from a little shop on the Oregon coast, were DH and I vacationed for our 30th anniversary a couple of years ago. I had it up on my design wall for a long time considering what to do with it, and finally decided I couldn't bear to cut it up. Much hunting ensued for the exact fabrics to finish it. I trimmed off the partial outside floral border and added…Continue
I have one last quilt to finished the binding, hanging sleeve & label! Whew!
Meanwhile, I'll show you another. This is called "Chocolate Mousse With Raspberry Caramel Creme Sauce" - it's almost my favorite title ever. This is not a large quilt, in fact it's the smallest I am entering in the show. I had the moose and bear patterns for a lodge-type quilt, and decided to use them here also. The dark pink sashing I bought has dark brown, widely-spaced swirls in it, which is how I…Continue
I have photographed enough of the quilts I have been binding recently to try a post with one of them. I'm very bad at this and since DS moved to Alaska, I have to struggle through it by myself.
This quilt is the Guild challenge for this year. We were given the directions for each of the 6" blocks on a monthly basis. We were instructed to make at least three of each. The red and blue fabrics were provided, but there were no completion directions! I added the ecru backgrounds from…Continue
DH left early this morning to give one of his lectures on local history to a historical society in southern Trinity County - don't know how many miles away, but it is a long drive over the western mountains and back.
I'm still here stitching on bindings, listening to "Il Divo", a boy band for classical music lovers, and talking to the cat. I'm rarely alone here in the valley house, and I'm enjoying every minute of it! I'm stitching on "Dragonfly Dance" and the king-sized "Rock…Continue
I'm currently on the 10th quilt, "Yellow Roses on the Barn". It is a Log Cabin, in the barn-raising set, with appliqued roses in the center. I have just made it down one side and have mitered the first corner -- it is a King Size! I did most of it on Sunday while watching the start of the Iditarod dogsled race on my computer in the sewing room, but have been procrastinating a little since. (DS lives in Alaska, and DDIL (to be) has run dog teams in races.)
Gotta get going -- two…Continue
Just checked my credit card bill and found $162.67 worth of fraudulent charges all dated early February, after CT notified us there was a problem with exposure of credit card numbers from one of their files for a specific time in January. I had made a purchase during that time from CT (January 15) using my credit card.
Fortunately my credit card issuer will remove all those charges from my account and cancel the card. Just wanted to remind you all to check your bills carefully! The…Continue
Thank you, Aida & Pam for the birthday wishes! I did stop stitching on bindings long enough last night to enjoy a great birthday dinner of lobster, mussels, shrimp & scallops on pasta at our local seafood restaurant with friends. DH generously presented me with Black Hills Gold dragonfly earrings for the occasion. One glass of champagne and I was asleep!
I'm back to stitching today (while watching golf from Tucson). I've completed "Quilted Glory" and "Moonlit Cranes"…Continue