Monday, December 22, 2014

Inversion Beauty

December 18, 2014
Riverton, WY
Several days and nights of thick fog created a sparkling Winter Wonderland in Fremont County. The cold air was trapped in the valley due to an inversion of cold air near the ground and warmer air above. What the valley needed was some wind to cool the upper layer of air and dissipate the inversion.

All the trees, shrubs, and fences looked like they had been flocked.

When the sun came out briefly, the frost began falling from the trees, overhead power lines and signs.

The temperature when I took the photos was 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mother Nature added flocking to all the pine trees in town just in time for Christmas.

Home Sweet Home

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Old Glory - #50

Old Glory
Quilt of Valor
59 x 68 inches

I am pleased to have completed 50 Quilts of Valor - nineteen in 2014. My goal is to have 64 completed by the end of July 2015, making and donating one Quilt of Valor for each year of my age.

Old Glory was inspired by a small quilt (click name under the photo for free pattern) that I saw at a quilt shop in Portsmouth, NE. (I believe the shop is now closed.) The American Spirit was much too small for a Quilt of Valor, but I liked the pattern and decided to purchase the center flag and striped fabric to make a larger quilt. The fabric has been marinating in my sewing room until last week.

American Spirit
41 x 41 inches
Seams To Be Quilt Shoppe
Portsmouth, NE
June 2012
To create Old Glory, I enlarged the center fabric panel and also the flying geese. I eliminated the red inner border and the stars because there is a lot of red in the other fabrics that I used.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in Time - Snowman Family

Snowman Family
December 1968

I remember helping my mother and brother make these snowman figures. The colored images were ordered from a catalog and then glued on plywood. A clear coat of varnish was the final preparation.

The snowman was about five foot tall and was held in place with a steel fence post. A lantern hung from his left arm, but the wind always blew it off. My mother displayed these figures for nearly 20 years. She also had a Santa that stood about 6 foot tall, prepared the same way.

Eventually the eaves of the house were outlined with Christmas lights. In the late 60s, the farmhouse was one of only a handful in the area that had an outdoor display.

I displayed the Snowman family at my house in the 80s

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sneak Peek at #50

Sneak peek of Old Glory
Quilt of Valor
Today, I present a sneak peek at Quilt of Valor #50, that I've named Old Glory. I made a lot of flying geese for this quilt: they are "flying" around the center section. More photos soon as this one will be finished before the end of the year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kismet, at last

Kismet's transformation
I am happier with Kismet now that the outer border has been changed. I liked the "before" flimsy, but with all the brown, it was "muddy" to my eye. The black border allows the pumpkin blocks to shine a bit more.

The backing and binding fabric should add a bit of spark to the quilt, too.

Earlier posts about Kismet are here and here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

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