Friday, September 26, 2014

Sadness in September

My in class sample from last week's class
Last week I posted about the Utah Quilt Guild's annual Quilt Fest. I realized this week that I did not take any photos at the quilt show or in my Saturday class.  I was a bit distracted all week. I was able to get my bags unpacked. I moved my class sample from the portable design wall onto the wall in my sewing room. I am trying to sew a few pieces in between other things.

By Florence Evans
Every year at the Fest there is a Mini Quilt raffle. I always donate a mini quilt to this event. I have always bought tickets, but have only won once, way back in about 1997 or 98.  I won a mini quilt!!!  Made by my good friend and co-teacher Florence!  

The reason that I was distracted last week is that my Father-in-law was in the hospital. On Saturday my husband got a call and he flew out there the next morning. He was able to spend some time with his Father before he died peacefully on Tuesday. It is sad for me, Dave was a wonderful guy. I remember the first time I met him in 1979. Sweetie had brought me out for a visit to meet the family. I was surprised to see Dave helping out in the kitchen, it was something my Dad didn't do in those days. We sat down to dinner and there was a green salad. Offered at the table was Dave's Special dressing. As Ranch dressing (which I loved) had just came on the scene, I pouring a generous helping over my salad. Imagine my surprise to find out when I took the first bite that it was HORSERADISH dressing! I can still feel the tears in my eyes. 

Dave loved to garden. The vegetables were always so lovely and delicious. The flowers were beautiful. The backyard was peaceful. A great loss to our family.

This is my off the wall post for this week.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday at Quilt Fest


Some of the wonderful designs of my students in today's Emerald Pools class! I loved that everyone had a different color scheme! I am pleased with the progress that everyone made today!

Marilyn's Margarita Monkey Apron

Barbara's Stuffed Monkey

Lisa's Last minute ATC

Mitzi's Story book

Kathy's Monkey Bars (I can't get it to rotate, UGH)

Sandy's Snap Bag

Helen's hurt Monkey

Close up of hurt Monkey

My "Socky and Friends"
I challenged my friends to make something, anything using a chunk of sock monkey fabric that was from an old pair of pajamas. I am thrilled with the variety of the ideas everyone came up with! We all voted and Marilyn's Margarita Monkey apron was the favorite project!

This is my off the wall post for the week.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Every year it seems that Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest creeps up and surprises me! I think that I have plenty of time to get ready and then the next thing I know it is time to pack.

Samples for Walking Foot Wonders
I did get a pile of quilts ready for my machine quilting class. Florence and I like to show a lot of examples in class. I have started to bring smaller quilts so that I can pack more in the suitcase.

Emerald Pools samples
A couple of months ago I had 2 friends test my Emerald Pools class. I was really going to get that quilt quilted, I ran out of time. But since it is a top, it packs easier in the already full  class suitcase.

In class working sample
And my demo pieces are all cut and ready to go. Well, except for the black. I also got the copies made of my class handout, so all set on that front.

Last year I gave all my buddies a chunk of sock monkey fabric. I challenged them to do something with it, due at this year's fest. Guess what I am working on this weekend?  Last minute Lewis strikes again. I hate riding the edge of a deadline, yet I do it time and time again. I will have a lot of stops on my way North Tuesday. It should be a fun event.  

This is my off the wall post for this week, next week I will check in from Quilt Fest!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Off my rocker Friday

3 hours, 9 minutes, 13 seconds

Close up of swimmer and sparkle

The monster
Last month my daughter swam the Bear Lake Monster Swim in July. She has wanted to swim across this lake since she started swimming competitively when she was a child. I am glad she got the chance to do it in an organized race with a full support crew. I decided to honor the occasion with a piece for the A4 challenge group.  The theme  is "Off to the Races".

I used a fancy pants netting to make the water sparkle (yes, the lake is that color!) I fused the swimmer, the support kayak,the monster and the finish arch.  At my daughter's request I added a green swim cap. I was not able to add the #13 (her bib number) to the cap, it is way too small. BTW, she was thrilled to get #13, that was her water polo number. It didn't quite turn out as I expected, but I am happy with it.

Below are the finish photographs of my daughter, Kimberly, completing the race.She had expected to swim it in 3 1/2 hours or so. She did a time of 3 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds! She placed 6th overall (men and women) in the unassisted solo category!

Photo by Josh Green

Photo by Josh Green

This is my off the wall post for the week, I am also linking to link a finish Friday.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer's End

Here it is, the end of Summer! In Utah, August has been an unusually wet month. Landslides, flooding, thunder, lightening, very stormy. I drove up to the family cabin at Bear Lake on Tuesday. It rained for two days and yesterday cleared up nicely. Just in time for the grands to arrive with their Mommas!  

Clouds on the drive

I love this smiley face barn
I have driven past this barn since I was a child and I am thrilled every time I see that it is still there! I love smiley faces!

Cat tails
I had brought along my Bernina, I have a piece due for a challenge. The due date is September 1st. I got all my stuff set up, folding table, sewing machine, ironing station, cutting mat, fabrics and such. Cut and pressed and got ready to sew. CLUNK, Clunk, clunk.  UGH. Pulled out the bobbin, re-threaded, reset the needle, clunk, clunk, clunk. Something is out of alignment in the bobbin area. The nearest repair shop is an hour away. So no sewing for me. I will drop off the machine at Dave's Bernina on my drive home Tuesday. I do have another machine at home, so will be able to finish this project then. 

So for this weekend, I will play with the toddlers and 4 year old, go swimming, walk the dogs. And take some inspiration photographs.

This is my off the wall post for the week.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday is for fun!

Last week I was side-tracked by Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness. It is a very emotional subject for me having lost both my mother and brother to the disease. It also has been a tearful time, 8 years ago on the 18th was when Mom died. I am touched every time I see an ice dump! My good friend Lisa did an Ice Bucket Challenge. If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause here is the link to the donation site ALS. Thanks!

So what I was going to write about last week was my Odin II. I used the leftover pieces from my challenge quilt to piece another quilt. I had so much fun! This quilt went together as if it were meant to be!
D cup
Running dyes

As it happens when you quilt closely, my quilt poofed up a very nice D cup. I decided to block it before trimming. I spritzed the bottom half, let it sit for a few minutes and the steam pressed it flat. I sprayed the top half and when I came back to press it the orange dyes ran into the sky.  UGH! I asked some friends for advice and was given a blog post that talked about using Dawn  to wash out the dye runs.  IT WORKED!
Odin II
I was able to get the piece finished and it is headed to the Utah quilt guild Quilt Fest show next month.

My name
I am not good at free motion quilting, but the bits I did on this piece were pretty good. I am trying to hid my name in the quilting.

Repeating motif
I was able to do a repeating motif in the white section! I was so proud of myself!

This is my off the wall post for the week.

Also linking to the finished Friday party

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mom and Tom

Today my daughter shared this Jimmy Fallon video on her FB page. I sat here crying as I watched it. Both my Mother and my Brother died of ALS. On Monday it will be 8 years since Mom died. The only thing I can be grateful about is that she never knew that my brother was also hit by this horrible disease.

Anne Borschel 
One of my favorite photographs of my Mother! At Bear Lake where we spent so many wonderful summer days!

Tom, Barbie, Me and Dad
The year after she died we went up a favorite hiking trail that has a wonderful view of the lake and scattered some of her ashes there. Although we didn't know it at that time, my brother was already displaying signs of the disease. Five years later we were in the same place scattering some of Tom's ashes.

Tom's T-shirt quilt

The back of the quilt
Tom had asked me to make a T-shirt quilt from his vast race shirt collection. On the back I used fabrics that had meaning for him. Coffee, beer, Hawaii, etc. I wrote a blog post about this quilt 2 years ago.

I had intended to have a report on my boat leftovers project for Off the Wall this week. Sometimes you have to change direction at the last minute. I am thrilled with Jimmy Fallon and all those who are participating in the ice bucket challenge. I hope that it brings in a lot of donations to help find a cure for this devastating disease.