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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Only get to do Inspiration this time around

A couple of years ago I made a small fiberart piece I called "Bark. Link to a photo of it. I really enjoyed the process and have always wanted to do another version,. The first was from a photograph I had made of a eucalyptus tree.  I loved this tree at our campsite in Arkansas. But I don't recall what kind of tree it is.  But I am looking forward to another bark fiberart piece. 

Love the moss!

Another view

Loved this wildflower at the campsite!  I am not familiar with this flower, so will need to look it up.

Lake Sylvia
And in Arkansas we found a lake named after me! How cool is that? Very few places are named Sylvia, so it is fun when I actually find one.

Never ending supply
When we are on the road I like to knit mindless dishrags. It is a something simple that I can knit without looking and so can watch the scenery as well. I have a never ending supply of  these dishrags. So do all my people!

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thread Heaven

Last week I was in St. George, UT for the Dixie guild's "Gems of the Desert" quilt show. It was fabulous!  I was also teaching and had two wonderful classes of students. But I didn't get any photographs!  LOL Sometimes you are so busy teaching that it is difficult to remember to pull out the camera. I did get a few photographs at the quilt show, but I did not get the info for each quilt and per the show rules I am not allowed to post the photographs without the proper acknowledgement. I guess you will just have to believe me, it was a good show! The guild has photographs up on their site of the prize winning quilts, check it out here.

After lunch with a friend we headed over to Superior threads.  Can you say "Kid in a Candy Shop"!

Superior Threads warehouse

The rows stretch out forever!

And ever!

So many colors
I had never been there before! You can shop through the warehouse for your thread! I did ask permission to take photographs and to be able to post to my blog. They also have a fabric shop on the upper floor. I did not get photographs from that, but I did buy a couple of batiks. The one is a beautiful blue and really wanted to come home with me. I just couldn't disappoint that guy.

40 miles from home
We did a "big" city run to Page,AZ the other day. On the way home we turned off on a dirt road just to see where it went. It dead ended after a few miles with a campground and some hiking trail heads. I just love the rock formations in this part of the country!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Finish!

I love to hand stitch my bindings. It gives me a good feeling to finish a project, and having the quilt on my lap for the grand finale gives me a personal relationship with the quilt
The Helga Quilt
I am very pleased with the way this quilt turned out. And Helga was thrilled with the quilt!

Glamour shot 

Close up
I used my "wiggle" quilting technique. I go edge to edge using my walking foot.

Crocheted rag rug
A friend gave me some junky polyester fabrics. I cut them into 1 inch strips.  I then crocheted the fabric strips into a rag rug.  Just a simple single crochet with a large hook.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pin Basted and Ready to Quilt

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photograph of a quilt top that was missing the final border. The border is now on and I have it pin basted, ready to quilt. It always amazes me how this design changes with the addition of a simple border.

The Helga Quilt

Half Hexagons
I also pulled out a top that was finished at least 6 or 7 years ago. Time to work on some of those UFO's. So this guy also got pinned. I hope to have a productive weekend machine quilting.

Back Patio
And then we had another snow storm on Monday!!! It stuck a bit, melted the next day. I really am hoping that is the final snowstorm for the season.

Asparagus Souffle
And I baked a souffle this week!  I haven't made one in years. They really are not that difficult, just labor intensive.  It was good!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Snowing March

I can finally show a piece that I made for the Stretching Art and Tradition 18 challenge! Dream Big (which I thought was Dream On, but whatever works) was this year's theme.

Clouds in my Coffee
My first thought when I heard the theme was the Carly Simon song lyrics "Clouds in my Coffee". So that is what I did. The above photograph is more true to the colors. But...
Another shot
I like the shot of this piece against the wood fence.  I used one of my hand dyed fabrics for the background and fused the coffee and cup using some of my batik fabrics. I used some tulle for the steam/clouds.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Middle March

Ready for border
I completed the in progress quilt top for demo'ing in class! I am happy with the result! It will get a border using the dark print. I am hoping that it will hold that yellow in a bit.
Dinosaur tracks
Sweetie and I took the dogs on a hike this week. We are so lucky to have some wonderful trails near our new home. A spur off the Bunting trail led to some dinosaur tracks. It was very cool to see!
My cactus/herb garden
I miss my herb garden from the old house. We don't have much accomplished with the yard at the new house yet. We have a start of a cactus garden. We love old rusty junk. So I decided to plant some herbs in pots until I figure out exactly where the herb garden will be located. I stuck the pots in the cactus garden for now.  The rock bird is "Louie". My Dad made him for me years ago. I had him in the house, but we rearranged the furniture and I moved him outside where he was intended to be.

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Myra, Celtic Thistle, Sarah, Emily, Judy, Beth and Beth

Friday, March 10, 2017


Block of the month
The week started off with my local quilt guild meeting. I am in charge of the Block of the Month this year. We have a lot of participation and here is last month's block.
Sandy's project
I am at the annual Pie Plate Patterns Super Spring retreat! It is a blast! Upstairs in the open sew area Sandy pulled out this project to work on. It was from a class I taught in 2011 at the Quilt Walk festival!
My project to work on at the retreat
And guess what I happened to bring along to finish? One of my sample tops from that class!
All quilted
I completed the quilting yesterday. I was able to get it trimmed and today it will get its binding.
Glamour shot
Birthday cake!
Yesterday was my birthday. My dear friend Helen brought a delicious almond cake for me! Everyone sang to me! It was very special! I love these wonderful women! I am glad that I was able to come to this retreat and visit with my good friends.
Downtown Fountain Green
This is on a building in Fountain Green. It is an amazing metal sculpture!

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