Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Technically, this has been done for some time. I've shown pictures of it completely pieced quite awhile ago, and I really did quilt and bind it awhile ago too. I've been unable to share pictures because I wanted to take a picture outside and finding daylight when there wasn't a cat sleeping on the quilt proved to be difficult. But, here it is and it is now folded up on the sofa waiting for a cat to add the cat hair it so desperately needs. Sorry about the shadows, the pictures were taken on the sunny spot of the driveway (which, honestly, isn't that sunny).
Also, in unrelated news, my windows are open and someone is speaking with a thick Russian accent in the street by the neighbor's house. This is not usual for this part of Thurston county and, what's even stranger is that it is the second Russian accent I've heard today; the first was when I did my Starbucks run at lunch. Just thought I'd mention my fine little multi-cultural moment for you to all ponder.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
|Indian Henry's Campground|
Kautz Creek is a tough hike. 5.7 miles to Indian Henry's Campground and a lovely view of Mt. Rainier, climbing all the way. I always hit a wall about 4 miles up where I'm not entirely sure I can finish or move another step. Some food, water and a knowledge that the end is so close keeps the tired legs going. Yesterday was a hot, muggy day with a fresh hatching of mosquitos to deal with (I was inhaling them as I was trying to eat), but it was amazingly beautiful. Last time we scared and treed a bear on the way down, but I am happy to report that there were no bear sightings this time. More pictures here.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I approached August's Modern Block of the Month with some trepidation. I've never done improv piecing before and I didn't know if I was willing to let go and go all improv just yet. Don't get me wrong, I like improv blocks and I most definitely like wonky log cabin blocks (I see one of those quilts in my future). However, I'm doing 111 paper piecing blocks and attention to detail seems to be my very long middle name right now and it doesn't seem right to let go and go all wonky just yet. Honestly, I like the result, but I don't see myself doing a whole quilt like this. To me, quilting is putting together a puzzle and it seems like cheating to make up the puzzle as you go along. Maybe that's just me, but there you go.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
When last we spoke, I said that I was going to do two batches of blocks of this quilt and then two blocks of the Spinster Quilt. Well, I threw that out the window right away because it really makes more sense to do three batches of blocks for the Ingie quilt and then two Spinster Quilt blocks. These blocks are just too easy and come together quickly, plus I only have two more sets of three to do which is much more reasonable than three sets of two. Really, the math makes sense to me. Really.
In deer news, I wanted to mow the lawn yesterday but a pair of deer had bedded down in the backyard and spent a few hours chewing their cud and otherwise being really, really sweet. I decided there was no need to chase them out with the lawn mower. Unfortunately, I will have to address the growing lawn that provides a good bedding to the local deer community.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I've completed two more sets of twenty-one blocks for Ms. IMs quilt. As I said, this will be coming together quickly. To make things interesting and because I'm all about random rules, I've decided that I will make two sets of this quilt and then two blocks of the Spinster quilt and go back and forth until everything is cut for the Ingie quilt. Or, until I decide to break my own random rules because they aren't working for me.
Monday, August 8, 2011
|Cats and Mice|
|Century of Progress (modified)|
Sunday, August 7, 2011
|End of the trail marker.|
|It was overcast and high tide when I started.|
|The seagulls were not happy to see me.|
|My lunch spot - there was a seal playing in waves here also.|
|The lighthouse - you can see people at the top looking out.|
|The long road back.|
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Many months ago, a friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to make her a quilt. Of course I leapt at the opportunity to make a quilt for someone who actually wanted one, but I had some conditions. It would take me months to make one, I get veto authority over the pattern, and I will not do applique. After IM accepted these conditions, I handed her all my quilt books and told her to pick out a pattern. Months passed during which she was too busy, I was too busy, and life got in the way. Eventually, she showed me the pattern she chose.....
.... from this book....
...and then she told me her conditions. She didn't want the robot, and she wanted it in off-white and shades of pink. After confirming with her that she really didn't want the robot, "Are you suuuure you don't want the robot?" I proceeded to dream up how to do this. It's actually a simple Amish Brickwork pattern without the robot and since the background was now the foreground, I decided to make the blocks a slightly bit bigger to show off the material she chose. I'm showing you all this because the final project is going to bear little resemblance to the pattern, but I love how patterns and ideas take shape. Then came the most important part, picking the material, and she chose well, very well...
With directions and a jaunty spring to my step, I started strip piecing and cutting......
Only 11 more sets to go and then I can start putting this together. It will go quickly, I think, but I have other projects to keep happy so it won't be overnight. I can tell already that I am going to like how this turns out.
|Does Not Compute|
|Dare to Be Square Quilting by Boo Davis|
|This fat quarter bundle and IM met and they knew it was meant to be.|
|First batch of 21 blocks completed.|
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011