Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
This is one of the best ways I know of to get rid of some winter blahs. Make something useful while having the satisfaction of learning a new technique. A recent article in one of our newspapers said that learning quilting and photography were two ways to keep our brains in a learning mode - I take a few pictures, but love the challenge of finding new ways to make pleasing patterns in fabric.
Now, I have a real excuse - keep this ancient mind in top form! If you don't make quilts, it's not too late to begin.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I began appliquéing Sue in 1994 while we were still living in Tumwater. It took me six years to get the blocks finished, and the quilt constructed. Originally, the pattern showed blocks sticking out from the side of the quilt, making a "dramatic" edge - hills and valleys, or Vs. I began hand quilting this quilt in 2000, taking it with me to Mesa in the winter, and quilting on it rather sporadically during the next five years, and coming back home each year to sit on the shelf. When we sold our little place in AZ, the
quilt was truly shelved. However, since this is the year to finish things, I retrieved it, and, with the help of niece Cheryl's recommendation about a "beanbag" bottom lap hoop from Barnett's (internet), I have actually completed it. However, one sad thing - or not - When I would finish quilting in the evening, I would just lay the quilt, hoop and all, on the floor by my chair, not realizing that part of an edge piece was over the floor vent for the furnace. The result was a pretty ugly scorch, which would not come out. The result - the quilt got squared off - no jutting-out Vs, and a simple binding to finish it. I am not really a wonderful hand quilter - just too impatient to get on to the next project, I guess. Nevertheless, it is finished!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The rather ugly winter weather must be blamed for the hiatus in the family blogs, with the exception of Dwight and his Curmudgeonly Professor, which keeps the wit and pictures coming. We have had bitter cold weather, but the sun in the daytime has eroded the edges of the snow so that some of the grass is showing. And this morning there is a light, steady snow to chase the inversion away. As we live in the north end of Cache Valley, our atmospheric effects from the inversion are not as heavy as Logan, itself.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
This long-ago wintry day was celebrated by Louise, Judy, and me with a walk down to the river in the snow. We were dressed pretty warmly, but it was the idea of the photographer (me) to have them pose in the snow. Dumb idea, but the pictures, taken with the old Baby Brownie, turned out okay. Louise must have been working away from home,and was home for the weekend. Maybe you remember?
Anyway, these are good memories - I would probably have forgotten this time, except for the pictures that remain to tell about it.