Friday, August 18, 2017

Back from a break

I took a couple week break from blogging. Sometimes there is nothing to say and the last couple of weeks there was nothing I wanted to say.

This week I have some photographs from the Springville Art Museum's annual quilt show.

Yellow Tulips
First up is a lovely hand appliqued quilt by my good friend, Florence Evans. Her applique is exquisite! And her machine quilting wonderfully enhances the quilt!
Ruth Ewers
Next up is a small piece by my substitute mom and dear friend Ruth Ewers. I forgot the title. She started this in a Gloria Loughman class.

Path to Inspiration
This piece is by another good friend, Anne Munoz. She batiked and dyed the fabric and added machine quilting.

Lisa and Carol
For some reason they chose to squeeze these two pieces together in a too small space. The piece on the right is by another good friend (can you see the theme of my blog post ;) ?) Lisa Chin. It is made of silk. The piece on the right is made by Carol Johnson. It looks to be hanging crooked, but it is just the slope of Lisa's piece that gives that illusion.
Me on the left, Lisa on the right
I made "Yellow" for a monthly online art group challenge. The background is free form pieced and the appliques are bits of quilted leftovers from another piece. They were applied by machine.  Lisa Chin's piece was made for the "Threads of Resistance" challenge and was not accepted into the traveling show.
Embrace the Curve
And the last of my little Springville slide show," Embrace the Curve". I have posted about this piece previously here. I am very happy with the way it turned out. 

The show is very good this year. We stopped on the way back from the lake and I didn't not have time to linger, but went through very quickly. I did not go through the red and white quilts since I had seen that collection on display at the quilt show in St. George earlier this year. 

Stage 3
I have been knitting on my Tour De Sock socks. I set aside Stage 2 to try and get Stage 3 finished by the deadline. I didn't finish on time. But I chose to continue with 3's because I was really moving along and the pattern was in my memory. I finished last night and will cast on stage 4 today. I will eventually go back to my stage 2's, but probably after the Tour is finished.

Challenging Kane
One of the local guilds is named "Raising Kane". We live in Kane County. This year there is a challenge. We bought a fat quarter of the challenge fabric and need to make a quilt using it in a recognizable amount in at least 2 places on the quilt. It needs to be at least 24" square and less than 36"square (does not have to be square, but within that size range) I completed my piece early since we are packing up for another month long trip and I won't be here for the reveal. I am pretty sure that the locals don't know my blog, so I hope it is safe to show today.  The challenge fabric is the multi colored print. I used free form piecing and then tried to put the "blocks" together so it didn't look like blocks. I machine quilted an off center X and then filled in each quadrant with V's. The edges really waved and I aggressively blocked it before trimming. I am pleased with the result.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Still Lazing at the Lake

We are still at the lake. And then knitting is not going well. I tried the texture pattern from the first stage of Tour De Sock on a dishrag. It didn't work very well, the design is charted for knitting in the round and did not translate well to flat knitting. So after a few rows I ripped it out. Oh well. It was worth a try.
Folded Cuff
The second stage pattern was released on the 25th. I couldn't print it out until the next day, the small local library isn't opened on Tuesdays. And then we were trimming a tree on Wednesday so I didn't get to cast on until Thursday. I had trouble with the provisional cast on. It should not have been that hard. I think that the folded cuff would have worked just as well with a regular cast on edge. It took me way longer than it should have to get to this point.
First chart of colorwork
The next section is a Latvian Braid. I had never done that before and expected it to be difficult. I followed the directions and it knit up easily! Then on to the next 3 sections of colorwork. I was able to finish the first section. Love how it is turning out. My colors are a bit Circus-ish.
Apple Pie
On the 24th Utah celebrates Pioneer Day. About 10 years ago someone came up with the idea of "Pie and Beer" day for those who are not of the dominant religion. It has grown in popularity. I made an apple pie and my sorta new mom made a pineapple cake for a coffee and cake with our German friends that we consider family. Our own little Pie and Beer Day celebration! All of the older generation emigrated to the USA from Germany in the late 1950's and so are our Pioneers!
Bloomington Lake
Sweetie and I took the dogs for a drive up Bloominton Canyon. At the top is this lovely little lake! It is a lovely drive, although sections of the dirt road are a bit tricky.
On the way down we spotted this moose! I always feel lucky to see wildlife in the wild!
I love wildflowers! And this week we had access to quite a few in the upper elevations!
Sego Lily
We have had off and on cloudy days. Which is ok. I love the puffy white clouds and this one was especially interesting to me!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lazy Summer Days

We are having a wonderful, relaxing time at the lake. We have a wonderful shade tree where we have set up some lounge chairs. We have spent quite a bit of time there while watching the clouds and the lake. Yeah, it doesn't suck.
My view from the lounge chair
The lake is Bear Lake on the border of Utah and Idaho. We are on the Utah side. My parents bought the lot over 50 years ago. I grew up here, spending most of the summer at the lake. I am lucky that the property is still in the family. I remember when my Dad and the neighbors constructed the flag pole and we have been flying the flag since. Love the view of the flag and the clouds.
My boys love it at the lake. This is Eddy, our "little" guy. Loves to be right next to his dad.
This is Peaty, our big boy. He loves to be next to his mama. Peaty is getting older and has some health issues. But still loves to come to the lake, just doesn't like the 8 hour drive to get there.

Lazy summer Dish Rag knitting

I failed on my socks for the Tour De Sock, stage one. So I picked up my dishrag knitting bag. Perfect, mindless summer knitting when enjoying the view is the most important thing to accomplish.
Failed sock
I did not take a photograph before ripping out the knitting on the sock. I had hoped to give the socks to my daughter. She said the pattern was ok, but she was not enthused about the design. And when she said that the yarn was too pretty to waste on that design, it sealed the fate of this project. I do like the texture design and hope to use it on a dish rag. It would be a wonderful scrubby texture. After I complete the green dish rag I will try it out.
Trouble maker shawl
Not quite a fail, but just giving me trouble. Since I am using a very fine yarn I am using small beads. And my normal crochet hook method of adding the beads isn't working, my smallest hook doesn't fit in the bead. So I was trying various dental floss methods, but had the wrong kind. I bought the floss of choice yesterday when I went to the big city to shop. So hope to get caught up on this guy.
Alternate project.
I did not have room to pack a sewing machine with a machine project, so I brought this ongoing hand sewing project. It has only come out of the bag for the photo op. I hope to finish the last light flower and get him sewn into the center so that I can start planning what comes next. This is a design and build as you go project. I have a lot of hexagons wrapped. But didn't have the right one to finish the center portion. I think I will do a dark round next. Who knows?

Friday, July 14, 2017

A real Finish!

I wanted to get something finished to enter in the Springville Art Museum's annual quilt show. I had a friend visiting last week and I had pulled out this top to show her. She gave me some very good input, so I was able to finish this piece in time.
Making matchsticks
I decided to try matchstick quilting. My piece is curved, so the lines are slightly curved to match the piecing.
And more matchsticks
You start off with quilting lines that are spaced out and then quilt in between. And then again, in between. Helps keep everything smooth and secure, no shifting.
another view
The colors are more accurate in this photograph. Again, blogger rotated my photograph.
I think it is enough
I could have gone one more session of adding lines in between, but since I was already into the sixth bobbin on a 30"x 24" piece, I decided it was enough. I would like to try it another time, maybe on a smaller test piece.
close up
I used a dark charcoal colored thread. I am pleased with the effect! One of the things that Helen and I had done was audition thread colors.
I have titled this piece "Embrace the Curve".  
Loved this!
The car club in town hosted a little park and show your stuff downtown this week. We went down to look. Fun! Only about a dozen or so cars.  But fun anyway.  I loved this sign on a mini cooper.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Heat is on!

I am almost finished with my second sock for the warm up pattern of Tour de Sock

I get so annoyed when there is a knot in a ball of sock yarn! I spent a lot of money on that skein and I expect a continuous length of yarn. I untied it and then did a splice.
Mystery Shawl clue 2
I love mystery shawls by Susanna IC! This one started on the first day of summer. I am halfway through clue 3.
Tour de Fleece
I am trying to get my spin on. I haven't picked up the spindle in months. Since I am just learning I decided that spinning a little every day for the Tour de Fleece might help. Sort of. We had visitors this week and I was only able to spin 3 days out of 6. Better than nothing.
I got caught up on my sample blocks for the Block of the Month that I am teaching at the local guild. I wanted to have them completed for the year so I didn't have to worry anymore about it until later when I try to come up with another setting option.
First round of lines
So I was able to switch my machine over to quilting mode. Hope to get this guy finished today.
Second batch of lines
I am trying to do some matchstick quilting. I will let you know how it turns out! I hope to enter this in a show, deadline is the 22nd.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Week at the Lake

We are spending the week at the family cabin at Bear Lake. It has been lovely! The weather is nice, the water is up and we are missing the record hot temps back home. I brought along a couple of knitting projects to work on this week.
Baby Hat
First up is a baby hat for our nephew and his wife. They are expecting a little girl in October. I think every baby needs a hand knit hat to wear when coming home for the first time.
Warm up pattern
Next up is the warm up pattern for this year's Tour de Sock. Although it says it is a speed knitting competition, it is very relaxed. You can race for speed or just for fun. There are teams and for a donation to a worthwhile charity, Doctors without Borders, you get 6 patterns and a lot of fun. This year the competition starts a bit late, so there is a bonus 7th pattern to warm up for the race.
I am not very big on colorwork on a sock. But I decided to try it out on the warm up sock. I think it looks good! But it is a struggle for me to get the tension correct.
One sock finished!
I finished the first sock last night. I left off the colorwork on the foot since that is in the shoe and won't be seen. Since this pattern doesn't count for points, I don't have to worry about altering the pattern.
Crafting space
My studio space this week! Along with the appropriate beverage for a summer day at the lake.
White Columbine
My Dad planted columbine all over the yard. There are a lot of color combinations, I love the all white version.
Snow in Summer
Another perennial that shows up this time of year is Snow in Summer. It has a very small blossom and grey foliage.
There are also a lot of Daisy plants that come back every year! So cheerful!
Another Columbine
Another lovely color combination on a columbine!
Bear Lake
I love this lake! My parents bought our lot in 1965. My Dad built the cabin the next year. I grew up here! We spent almost every weekend at the lake. Along with at least 2 full weeks during the summer.
Peaty swimming
My dog loves to swim! Even though the water is a bit too cold for me, he still has to do a quick swim. The water is usually warm enough about the 4th of July.
Classic Lake View
I love watching the sailboats on the lake! There were only a few this week, but by July there will be a lot more.
In recent years the water level has been way down. It is close to the high water mark and so the view of the water is very close. I enjoy watching the water fowl. Here are some geese. We also saw ducks and pelicans. Sometimes there are swans as well.