Monday, March 19, 2018

Where to Begin?

Hello Everyone,
After three days of living with snow, day.....

 ....and night, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Power is back on and we are now connected to the Internet, and our phone works.  The little red thing is the bird feeder.  I should really call it the squirrel feeder.

Never one to back down from a challenge, our son said a real mountain woman would be drinking a glass of wine (whine) on the I did.  I was blanketed with snow in no time at all.

And then, Susan in Kentucky said if we got bored, we should make imprints of our faces in the snow.
It works!  Here's Mr. Joe.

Here's me.  Instead of saying "Shiver me timbers", I was saying "shrivel me wrinkles!"  Maybe this is a new face lift technique!  But, it's not good to have your double chin resting in the snow for very long.....but then again if it decides to roll up like a window shade, why not?

I trudged through the knee-deep snow one morning and took a picture of the back of the cabin.

Yesterday the temperatures started to warm, and the snow was falling in big clumps off of the trees.
It was beautiful.

You would have thought I would have a bunch of quilt blocks to show you....not.  We turned the generator on sparingly as we were running low on propane.  I didn't do much quilting at all, but I did cut fabric towers for my next show.  I also prepared some blocks and got them ready for sewing.

Mazey is ready to play some football.  She is loving the snow even though it sticks to her fur and she walks around with dingleberries hanging off of her "feathers".

Friends came for a visit yesterday with their 8-year-old grandson to do some sledding.  Evelynne brought a pot of delicious homemade chili and chocolate cake.  It was nice seeing someone from the outside world.
All you can see is the garage that sits at the top of our lot.  The house is down the hill in the back.  Mr. Joe cleans off the driveway with the snow blower, while I shovel from the back of the garage down to the house.  That shovel is making blisters that may interfere with my sewing.

We are pretty much back to normal today.  The only glitch in the system is our TV.  We have sound but no picture.  While I'm at my quilt guild meeting, Mr. Joe will futz with the TV.  After the guild meeting I have to get caught up with many emails and Etsy orders.  Everything has been on hold until our services returned. 

Back to the real world today.


Friday, March 16, 2018

A Dry Run for the Trip to Alaska

Hello Everyone,
I'm posting tonight while I can, when the generator is running.  The power is supposed to be out until noon tomorrow......and we are running low on propane.  Conservation is the word of the day. Just got an update from the power won't be back on for two days.....until Sunday.  This is Friday!
I've been working on my Glacier Bay blocks.  I'm loving them.


I put them out in the snow today (no, the backdrop is NOT batting!)  I liked this picture so much...

.......I decided to line the Aurora blocks up for their photo shoot.  I was afraid the entire block of snow was going to fall off of the railing.  Then I would have been scrambling to find the blocks twenty feet below!

Eagle's Nest and Black Spruce wanted to get in on the act too. Where to put them?  In a tree of course!

My birdfeeder resembles Marge Simpson's hairstyle.  The birds don't care.

Mazey is loving the snow.  She runs, and runs, and runs.

It looks like I will be doing a lot of cutting and prepping on the Alaskan quilt over the next couple of days.  I've been working on pattern directions, walking in the snow, and shoveling the snow.  It has been a fun change to my normal cabin life.  If you don't hear from me, I'm going to be right here with a good book and a hot toddy.....with or without electricity.

I'll post more when I can.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Country Sunshine Class Was In Session

 Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was a great day in the classroom at In Between Stitches.  The room was filled with sunshine......Country Sunshine blocks.

Here is Gail's first beautiful block.

It started it's life out on the block layout sheet.

I love the check in this one in the center of the double flying geese.

It all begins with a pretty center.

......and it grows into a beautiful block.

Valery's quilt is going to be all scrappy, and all in batiks.

It all begins with the center.  I LOVE seeing all of the different variations of this very versatile block.

In reviewing my pictures, I have to apologize to some of the girls since I missed some of your blocks.  I'm behind the 8 Ball again!

Here are pictures of my two quilted.....on not finished yet!

I'm back in the classroom today with my Sew' Wild Oaks girls.  They will be bringing their own sunshine into the room on this very rainy day.


P.S. My Country Sunshine pattern is available HERE on my Sew'n Wild Oaks Designs Etsy site.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Alaska Here I Come

Hello Everyone,
It has been nice to string a few days of quilting together to work on the quilt that I'm teaching on the cruise to Alaska in July.  The following blocks are called Aurora.  Did you notice the background fabric has stars?

Each Aurora block has a beautiful center.  I think the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, is the crown jewel of the heavens, so each block begins with a gorgeous center, the crown jewel.

I key off the colors in the center when I'm selecting the rest of the fabrics for the block.

My blocks alternate in value to make it look like they are twinkling or undulating.  I know it's a real stretch of the imagination. Maybe I'm spending way too much time up in the woods!

 The next blocks in order of appearance are called Eagle's Nest.

Then I have Black Spruce.  Do you see where I'm going with this theme?  I'm starting at the heavens and working my way down to earth.  Now you know there are going to be some flying geese passing through!

Aurora, Eagle's Nest, then Black Spruce.  Each block is going to feature components directly out of my Patchwork Math book. More blocks to come as the theme continues.  I am really excited about this quilt!  So excited that my sewing room looks like a bomb exploded.  I've sequestered myself away for days selecting the perfect fabric for each block.
My vision has been focused directly down my nose to the needle on the machine.  Mr. Joe thought I needed to focus on the "Alaskan" landscape outside for more inspiration.  He packed up a picnic lunch along with Mazey, and we headed to Lake Alpine.

You can walk for hours along a groomed snowmobile trail.  This is Highway 4 which goes over Ebbetts Pass and is closed for the winter.  Mazey LOVES to go on this walk.  She runs in the snow for hours.  I guess she is practicing for the Iditarod with her best mushing skills to pull me along.  The elevation is about 7,500' and the air is thin and cold.  The wind was blowing through the trees and we were bundled up.

Lake Alpine is the flat white surface in the distance.

Today I'm switching gears away from Alaska to prepping for my Country Sunshine class at In Between Stitches this Monday.  Mazey, the ham, loves to pose for me.

It's fun to quilt in sunshine or in snow.  I hope you all get to play with fabric this weekend.  I'm off to straighten my sewing room up just a bit......only to mess it all up again!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Grammy Squares Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
Well, I had a great day on Tuesday with a full class at Quail's Nest Quilt Co. in Sonora.  Such a cute shop and delightful quilters!  Here is their work at the end of the day of quilting.

I love to see the different fabric choices.  All of them are going to be beautiful quilts.

The girls came prepared with hundreds of 1" strips all cut and ready for stitching.

We have a good start on a quilt when you put all of the blocks together!

If you are interested and live in the Sonora area, I'm teaching a second class on March 21st.  Contact the shop for details.

This is Betsy.  This is Betsy clowning around and having fun!  Love her blocks.

Here are some of my blocks.  I'm always preparing for the next class and make a few more blocks.  My stack is growing!  If I had the time,  I would make one block a day, and before I knew it, I'd have another quilt.  But the problem is, I would like to make just one block a day for about 5 other quilts!

You always begin with the end in mind.......and this is the goal......another Grammy Squares quilt.  I would like to make a queen size next time around.  I can just see this one on our bed at the cabin on a cold winter night.

Have a great weekend.


P.S. If you are interested in making a Grammy Squares quilt for yourself, the pattern is available HERE on my Etsy page.  The pattern includes the acrylic hexagon template for the center.