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.

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean, Julie, Sarah

Friday, June 16, 2017

Making a tiny bit of progress, better than none at all.

This time of year the 3 quilts on our bed has dwindled to just one. I still like this quilt, I made it over 15 years ago. I date things by where we were living and we were still in Salt Lake when it was made. I use it quite a bit. I do rotate what quilts are on the bed and this one is there frequently.
My Bed
It is starting to show some wear. I made this using my Dice N' Splice technique.
Repair needed
There are several sections that look like the photograph above. Nice thing is that it is an easy repair. Stupid thing is I don't think about it except when I am under the quilt and this is in my face.
Binding issue
There is one small section of the binding coming loose. Again, a very simple repair.  Just need to think of it during the day and not after I get into bed.
Bunny by Grandma
In the late 80's and early 90's my parents were living in Friday Harbor, Washington. A friend of hers had a pattern for the bunny and my mother made one for each of the grandchildren. I believe this is the only one left. It was made for my son who just turned 35!

Why does blogger rotate my photographs? UGH! Anyway this is Charlotte. When we were getting our house in Salt Lake ready to put on the market, I found an old doll crib that my dad had made for me when I was very young. My daughters were then young adults and it had been stashed away to store. I had told my walking buddy, Sandy, about the crib and how I was disappointed that I did not have a single doll from my child hood. So a few weeks later she shows up to my door to go walking and from behind her back she pulls out Charlotte! She made me a doll for my crib!  The doll crib has been passed on to my granddaughter.

A good friend was teaching a class on this sheep doll. I thought it was fun! The "sheepskin" is batting.
Still working on my block of the month samples. I did skip September because the floral I had out worked better for the October block. Just trying to get ahead of the game. There is no guild meeting in July, conflicts with the 4th of July, so I am caught up for the August meeting.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Getting Caught Up

Yesterday I drove up to Panguitch, Utah with a friend to see the Quilt Walk festival. I am not teaching at this event this year, but it was fun to just go for the day and see the show, shop at the vendors and take in the noon time trunk show by Christa Watson. I ran into quite a few friends. It is a small town show in conjunction with the town's festival. I only took a few photographs.

Plaid raw edge applique
I love homespun plaids! I like quilts that look like they belong in a log cabin.
Bright Chevron
I am not usually a pink person, but for some reason this Chevron made me smile.
Daddy's shirts
This piece was made using cut up plaid shirts. I love log cabin blocks and like this variation.
Family reunion
I love quilts made to celebrate family! This was a family reunion quilt. And it features one of my favorite blocks, the Nine-patch.
Memory quilt
Another family quilt! The description did not really tell the story of this family, but I loved the collection of photographs.
My Star Block of the Month
I am in charge of the Block of the Month for one of the local guilds. I am reusing my star block of the month patterns that I made for another group a couple of years ago. I decided to make another set of the blocks in a different theme. Since I missed the last 2 meetings I was behind on my blocks. So this week I was able to get caught up. I am hoping to spend some time this weekend and try to get the rest of the sampler blocks sewn and be ahead of the game.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Home again. Now what do I do?

We are home after our long trip. 14 states, 11 new to me! And just under 5000 miles.Our main focus was to visit Sweetie's brother and wife in Middle Tennessee. We also went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was fabulous! I got to see the Mississippi River for the first time. It was a wonderful trip!

Last of the travel knits
While Sweetie is driving, I knit.Mostly simple dishrags. I can't count how I made on this trip, some were given away. I got bored of the brick pattern so popped off with a simple checkered design.

We had a family Kentucky Derby party! There were five of us and we each got 4 horses. Buy in was a dollar a horse. We chose one horse and drew for the other 3. I chose Always Dreaming because I like the name. At the time I chose it, the odds were 5 to 1. Found out later that it was the favorite and it won! So with my winnings of $20 I bought some sock yarn in a yarn shop somewhere in Kansas. I can't remember the town. It was the only craft type shop that we stopped at the entire trip. I plan on participating in the Tour de Sock this summer, a fund raiser for Doctors without Borders.

Fun Finds
We have a thrift shop in town that is run by the hospital auxiliary. I like to stop in every once in a while, you never know what you will find. Recent finds were a 3 yard cut of a blue batik for $6 and a yard cut of this gauzy red and yellow print for a buck. And then a yard of tulle for 25 cents.

How I pictured it
Being away from the studio for a month was hard. I had so many ideas on the road. Wish I had kept notes. I am trying to get back in the groove and so pulled out this project that has me stumped. I had this idea of a quilt as you go project and sewing the sections together without a sashing. Eh, it did not work. Above is the way I visualized it.

What Helen saw
I had it laid out on a bed at the hotel while I was at Quilt Fest last autumn. My roomie and good buddy Helen was there to advise me and she was looking at the piece from a different angle. I am torn between the two versions. At this point the only thing I am sure of is that it will be bound with a dark violet around each panel. Not sure weather to hook them together of keep them separate. I would love to hear your opinion on this piece. I have named it "Iris".

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Treasure Hunt

I thought that all the quilts I was going to be able to see on our trip would be at the Cornbread Festival's special exhibit of the Inspired by the National Parks quilts. I was wrong! My new sister-in-law, Chris, pulled out of a trunk two quilts made by her Grandmother!
The first quilt is a pinwheel block set off with plain squares. I believe the print fabrics are 30's. Chris said that she had heard that the quilt was made from feed sacks.

Old blanket
The quilt has some disrepair. It has been well loved. The batting is an old chenille blanket! The quilt weighs a ton!

Machine quilted
This quilt was machine quilted. I believe that it is the only quilting that was done, contemporary to the making of the quilt.

Full view
Each block is made using only two fabrics. The backgrounds are all solid colors. There are some fabrics used more than once, but I believe each block combo is different.

The backing
A totally unrelated fabric was used for the backing. It was also folded to the front of the quilt to make the binding.

The second quilt was made using polyester double knits! My guess it would have been made in the 70's. It has some fantastic double knits!  Even the knots of the bowties are made from fancy double knits.

Love it!

I can just see this as a dressy dress!
And printed double knit!
I love how the fancy yellow from the knot in the first block is used as a background in the lavender block.

The whole quilt
The blocks were definitely laid out in a pattern. I would imagine that the blocks were made using scraps.

Bowtie back
Interestingly enough this quilt has a cotton backing. Which is also folded to the front as a binding. The quilt is hand quilted. What treasures for Chris to own these wonderful quilts made by her grandmother! Although Chris was raised in Louisiana, her mother's family is from Mississippi, so these are Mississippi made quilts.

Great Smoky Mountains
After our visit with Matt and Chris we headed a bit farther East to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Oh my! What a wonderful place!  We stayed in the campground at Cades Cove. We also took a drive through Newfound Gap and hiked up to the Clingman's Dome for wonderful views. We will definitely be going back again,

Wall of Shame
I don't understand people. This is a photograph of graffiti on a cabin in the park. People proudly signing and dating their names on a historic landmark despite signs everywhere pleading to leave no trace. It is happening on every building in Cades Cove. Some of the dates were as recent as March of this year. Such a disgrace. It is because of this kind of behavior that eventually the park will have to close the buildings and you will only be able to view them from a distance instead of being able to walk in and feel the essence of  how it was to live there. What is wrong with people? Such a wonderful, historic place and they have to ruin it for future generations.
Turtle Rock
We stopped at a campground in Wyoming for a night. The feature was Turtle Rock. We hiked the trail going around it, probably 4 miles. I still have to google it, the sign did not state the distance. It was fun. Lot of families were there since it was Mother's Day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

National Cornbread Festival

I was very excited to find out that the Inspired by the National Parks were going to be at the Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee just at the same time we were visiting family nearby!
Capital Reef
I was thrilled to see my "Capital Reef" landscape quilt in the exhibit! This is the first time I was able to see the quilts in person.
It was a very hot day and I was very wilted by the time we found the quilt exhibit. So I am quite bedraggled in the photograph. It was fun to listen to the people going through the exhibit. So many wonderful comments!

Mississippi River
On our way to Tennessee we had crossed the Mississippi River! I had never seen it before! This photograph was taken on the Arkansas side at the confluence of the St. Francis river and the Mississippi. So impressive!

Wild Flower
I don't know the name of this flower, it was at our campsite in Arkansas. I need to get a wildflower book for the eastern USA. I have one for the west.

In process
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee is the home of the Lodge plant. They had a self guided tour open to the public in conjunction with the Cornbread Festival. Very cool!

Lady Liberty
There was a table set up with a display of special edition skillets. This one really caught my eye. I love the image of the Statue of Liberty.

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean, Sarah, Myra Judy Beth Emily