Monday, April 24, 2017

Simple Blocks

a stack of sixty-three simple blocks
April 2017
Marilyn and I recently had another sister's sewing retreat. I prepared several sewing projects, and I raided my 2.5 inch strip bin to make these simple red, blue, and neutral blocks.

source of free pattern
I plan to make the Purple Daze quilt (link for free pattern is under the image), using the silent auction eagle napkins in place of the stars.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Vintage Quilt - Friendship Garden

Friendship Garden
vintage quilt block
circa 1940s

The quilt has an interesting history (see photo below)

quilt history
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Library Mural

painted mural
Lander Public Library
2016
Oregon Trail was released in 1936 - more information about the film can be found here.

One of my favorite John Wayne films was the Cowboys, released in 1972.

What's your favorite movie, starring the Duke?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Doll Blanket

Sunbonnet Sue
April 2017
Sunbonnet Sue is one of my favorite vintage blocks, so when I saw the small panel in the fabric bin with the scraps I rescued at the thrift shop, I didn't hesitate to bring her home with me.

Sunbonnet Sue doll quilt
I added backing, batting and some simple quilting. A quick search in my bias tape bin revealed just enough wide bias tape for the binding. This little quilt will be gifted to a little girl whose doll needs a blanket.

My sisters and I each made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt from blocks our Mom made. The Half Moon Lake Retreat was a special time for all of us.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Guild Display

Rachel B. adjusts a garment
Riverton Public Library
April 2017
Many talented fiber artists live in my community, and their amazing projects are on display in the Riverton Public Library through May.

Cheryl O., Rachel B., Nancy S., and Cinde P.
prepared the display
Members brought their items for the display to the March Guild meeting. The items represented an amazing variety of crafts: basketry, weaving, spinning (wheel, drop spindle, and supported spindle), knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, tatting, dyeing, needle-felting, wet-felting.

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The Guild members are extremely talented and a fun group. Do you belong to a guild?


Monday, April 17, 2017

Tis' the Season

source
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Even though Winter and Spring are still having a tug-o-war, and the weather ranges from cold and snow, cold and rain, or blue sky and sunshine, my allergies know that green grass and blooming plants are just around the corner.

I try to get a jump on the allergy season by starting one of my medications in early to mid-March and the other one a few weeks later. I must have started taking the medication at the right time this year because my symptoms have been tolerable.

Do you suffer with seasonal allergies?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Foreign Friday - the End

photographs taken when I was in Japan 1979 (autumn) - 1981 (spring)
Nearly all of the photos in this box have been shared with you on Foreign Friday posts from October 1, 2010 to this post on April 7, 2017 - well over 300 Foreign Friday posts in all.

It was a treat to see all of my photos again and to share them and my memories of my DODDS (Dept of Defense Dependent Schools) days with you.

It's time to close the lid on the photo box and say farewell to Foreign Fridays.

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