Friday, July 29, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cabin Oddity

We were sitting on the cabin deck one evening, when I spotted this rather odd sculpture, and asked Maria what it was. She laughed and explained that's what happens when a can of foam insulation freezes.

The can is visible on the right side of the photo. Note how the cap was broken from the impact of the foam escaping.  This "sculpture" was an oddity, but it resembles a piece of modern art.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever
67 x 83
Since the blocks for this quilt were made while staying in a cabin in the Big Horn Mountains, I decided to name it Cabin Fever.

Previous posts about this quilt can be found here, here, and here.

Cabin Fever was made from a kit I found in the Clearance Room at Sheep Camp Quilts at 50% off several years ago. I paid $33.50 for the complete kit (fabric for the top, the binding, AND the backing). The shop owner was practically giving the kit away at the clearance price: the backing fabric alone would cost over $50 if the yardage was $10 a yard, which many fabrics were at that time.

My points are not perfect, and some pieces don't align perfectly; however, the quilt captures the memories of a Sisters' Sew-in perfectly.

The quilt pattern is free online - Magic Pinwheels by Karen Snyder.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Colorful Hitchhiker - revisited

Hitchhiker scarf knit with Noro yarn
July 2016
The Colorful Hitchhiker was finished at the mountain cabin a couple of weeks ago, and I'm thrilled with the result. The Noro yarn striped so beautifully.

Colorful and lacy Noro Hitchhiker scarf
July 2016
Knitting notes can be found here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stash Enhancement

13 yards of patriotic fabric for QOV
a gift from Mary H.
Mary H. is one of my QOV elves, and she recently surprised me with 13 yards of patriotic fabric. The solid blue fabric is already being put to use, and the QOV will be featured here soon. Thank you, Mary for thinking of me and QOV.

nearly 17 yards of backing fabric for QOV
a gift from Marilyn
Marilyn found some large pieces of yardage (for QOV backings) at a yard sale in Parker, CO, and purchased them for me. Aren't they beautiful?

Thanks to Mary and Marilyn, my fabric stash has grown by nearly 20 yards.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Foreign Friday

snow sculpture
Sapporo, Japan
February 1981
Last week, I had several questions about the snow sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival. I thought a wooden frame was used for the foundation, but a Google search proved I was wrong. The sculptures are definitely solid snow - click the link for images of the construction process.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pinwheel Blocks

 twelve pinwheel blocks

After the sixteen-patch blocks (see Tuesday's post) were finished, I worked on the individual blocks for the pinwheel quilt for the next two days. Once the small blocks were completed and squared, I sewed four of them together and created twelve larger units. I gave the large units a good press and packed them in the bin so I could work on the quilt top at home.

Project number two was completed.

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