Monday, July 16, 2018

This weeks creating....

I am finally getting back into the swing 
of life after a two week vacation.

This weeks creating:

1. July UFO goal:

I am taking over my pine tree quilt
top to my long arm quilter, Kim, to
be finished.

I am embarrassed to say this top has been
buried in a box for years...
I made it for our bed.

2. Finish my Art quilt for a October show:

I am recycling-upcycling textiles, like
the color catchers from laundry
(pictured above)
I am using the batik for a background.

3. Sew the last BOM star block

I picked up the last fabric-pattern packet
for my LQS star block

I am sewing the top in August for my
UFO project, then it goes to my quilter.
I will be donating it for an auction in November.

While on vacation, I shopped some great Antique
stores in Ohio and Illinois.

I have been
buying hankies of various designs to be
used in 2 different art quilts projects.

Locally, many of the Antique stores
have shut down over the last three years,
so I have had a difficult time
finding hankies.

Yes, I went a little crazy on vacation,
but I am definitely stocked up for
a year...or two...

What are you creating?
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching-15 July

Why is it so difficult to get back into the
daily schedule after going on Vacation?
I have been home nearly a week and am
still dragging my feet.,,,

I am going to work on some
cross stitch kit that needs to be
finished...probably my Butterfly
Quilt Blocks.

Goals for this week:

I need to contact my Longarm quilter,
Kim, and take over my July UFO project.

The top has been finished for a few years
(hidden in a box) and needs to be finished.
I made it for our bed. 

I also need to finish out an Art Quilt 
for entry into an upcoming show.

What are you Slow Stitching today?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I like....

New adventures and experiences.

My Husband and I just returned home from
two weeks of traveling through multiple
states in the USA. It was fun and exciting and
stressful and quite the adventure.

When we travel, I always try to go to a
new restaurant or museum or road I have
never traveled on.

This trip, some of my favorite new adventures:


Blue Moon Cafe in Fell's Point (Baltimore), Maryland

We both had the famous
Captain Crunch French toast.

SO Yummy!

Dairy Winkle in Campbells Creek, West Virginia

This is a fast food place owned by my Brother-in-law.
My West Virginia Husband was in seventh heaven
to have a fried bologna sandwich. The food was good
and it was nice to visit with friends of my Husbands
family. We sat and visited for hours.


National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

I love the Ocean and sea creatures and this is
one of the nicest Aquariums we have visited.
The first Friday, after 5pm, is half price admission,
which was a nice surprise. 

They have two buildings connected by a bridge 
over the canal. They have different exhibits
on each floor, plus large viewing tanks and
a petting area. 

I touched a stingray, horseshoe crab and jellyfish.

I have been to the Air Museum before, but it
has been many years and the current location
is twice the size with wonderful exhibits.

My Dad was a plan e designer and one of his
planes (Mom called it his "Baby)
is on permanent display in the fourth building.

It is the XB-70. I got a little emotional seeing
the plane again. I miss my Dad and it was a
proud moment  seeing his work.

If you are in the area, the museum is a free
place to visit. They have a nice park to
relax in and have lunch.

We had a wonderful vacation....saw lots
of family and friends...

and attended my nephews wedding

Congratulations Kids!             

Linking up at Not Afraid of Color

Monday, June 25, 2018

June OMG project on the wall

I had planned to get MANY building
sections done from this pattern for
my June One Month Goal.

Well...that was the plan....

Then life happened!

I did get some hand applique done

The trees all have trunks
around the lake and gazebo.

I also got the house basics
finished. Not shown:
three trees, the walkway,
some rocks and another bush.

The original pattern is all pieced.
I tried a couple of blocks and did not
like how they were looking,
so I redrafted everything
for applique.

You can arrange the buildings
a little different from the pattern,
which is fun. 

I am following a Winter theme
village with snow like fabric
and dark starry sky fabric.

I knew it wouldn't be finished,
but I had hoped to get more done this 
month beyond the 3 plus blocks.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I like #9

I like Summer!

No...I love Summer!

I like the warm-hot weather.

I like Camping.
Now that I am getting older, I
especially like camping in a Cabin

(Pelican Cabin at Henrys Lake, Idaho)

I like cooking out on an open fire
The food always taste better. 
I like S'mores

I like being near and/or in water in the Summer

I grew up by the Pacific Ocean, 

but now
I live in the Mountain West very close
to the Great Salt Lake.

I like Fireworks.

Locally, we can set off fireworks twice
during the Summer. Once for 
4th of July Independence Day and the
other time for Utah State Pioneer Day.
Both times are in July, so we get to
view exploding colors many times.
Our local cities and towns also have
their celebrations, so more fireworks!

I think I like Summer best because of my Husband.
He is a teacher, so during the Summer,
for about 8 weeks, I have him around
the house on a daily basis!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Happy Monday!

On my design wall today....

I have my star BOM from K and H Quilt Shoppe

The last block will be given out in July.

I will be finishing the quilt to be donated 
for the annual Safe Harbor auction. It
will be matched with a small white
Philippines stick tree, decorated in white and gold.

I have been knitting quite a bit lately. I am
knitting this shawl for a Christmas gift

by Debbie Macomber. It is available for
free from Ravelry.

I am hoping to finish our my art quilt that
will be shown this October at 
Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden, Utah.

I am not ready to show a completed 
photo yet....finished quilt to come....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

I like Art Museum

I like Art Museum.

As a small child, my family traveled
through various countries of Europe.
I remember many hours stuck in a
small car traveling. I remember trying
strange foods. I most fondly remember
going to Art Galleries and Museum.

This week, while the Husband was at
a conference, I revisited the Art
Museum on the BYU Campus (Utah)

I like this permanent piece made from
colored wire that reflects color
from the skylight above it

As you walk around it, the
colors change with the viewers angle

I saw a great exhibit presented in
black and white photos concerning
the changing Tribes of the World,
by Dana Gluckstein

The beauty, and sometimes sadness.
was definitely captured by the

There was also an exhibit by

Nina Katchadourian called "Curiouser"

She is a new artist to me and I like her work.
The above image is one of a series of photos
she took in an airplane bathroom
while on a 14 hour flight across the World.

She only used a paper towel for a
headdress, a paper toilet seat for
collar and a blanket for a backdrop.
She called it Flemish portraits.
Her exhibit was fun and silly and
a little on the crazy side. 

I purchased cards with this image

for my family for their annual
Nativity gift for Christmas 2018.

Other Museums I like that we are
able to attend here in the Mountain
West are the 

They currently have the annual International
Quilt show on display.
The photo above is a quilt by
Barbara Barrick McKie of the USA

We also like to travel to the 
located in Idaho Falls.
They currently have an exhibit on
Steampunk that I would like to go view.

In the past, we have seen The Bodies
and the Pirates exhibit there...very well done.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitch

For my Slow Sunday Stitch today,
I will be adding some embroidery
stitching to my art piece.

I am showing (hopefully)
two art pieces at my local
Art Gallery in October.

I am using a batik for the base
(fabric on the right in photo)
with some applique from colored
color catcher sheets
(used in your washer to catch
excess dye or color from fabric)

Above are some of the color catcher
sheets I will be using in this project.
I gave sheets to friends and they
returned them after doing laundry.

I am stepping out of my comfort zone
creating this wall hanging…..

What are you slow stitching today?
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

I like #7

I like books!

Good old fashion books with paper
pages and dog eared corners.

I grew up in a home where reading
was highly valued. My parents would
buy paperbacks and each put their
initials on the front page once 
they had read it.

I have found memories of reading 
late into the night, by flashlight, 
Adventures and Mysteries. My
house received the Reader's Digest
condensed books every few months...
it was a contest to see who got to
the book first!

When I had my own kids, I 
encouraged them to read. I would
buy them flashlights, so they could
read late into the night. I did
the same thing for my Grandkids.

Some of my favorite books:

1.The Giver by Lois Lowry

A World where you do not have choice.
You do the job you are assigned....
You raise a child given to you and that
is the only child you will be allowed...
You suppress you feelings and emotions.
One boy changes all that....
I found this book when my oldest child
was in Elementary School.

2.The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

I read the  book in 7th Grade and later saw
the movie. At 12 years old, I could not imagine
the horrible World Corrie and her sister lived in
and yet, they both forgave their enemies and
found the good in all people.

3.The Eagle has Landed

I read it as a Readers Digest
condensed book as a teenager.
I later saw the movie starring
Donald Sutherland. 
I love the female lead character who,
in her loneliness, is fooled by Sutherland
trickery, but in the end, she is strong
and saves her family and Country.

I know there are many more books I could
list, but I will stop right here.

I have inherited many books from
my family. They bring  back fond memories.
My Grandmother use to write notes of her
thoughts or feelings in her favorite books.
I love reading those notes still.....

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