Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Come Closer

large dragonfly
Riverton High School track
September 2016
Sometimes, I stop at the local high school and walk a few laps on the track. Last week, I noticed something on the edge of my lane, and I stopped to take a closer look. It didn't look too impressive at first, but as I zoomed in, I saw the CBS eye logo on top of its head. Do you think CBS is now using dragonfly drones to film the news?

come closer and you'll find a surprise

Monday, September 26, 2016

Stash-slashing Continues

six Quilt of Valor presentation cases
three hospice pillow cases
September 2016
The red and blue bandana prints and the tone-on-tone blue flowers were scraps from quilt backs, the striped fabric was an impulse purchase at a clearance sale, the blue/pink flowered fabric at the top was from Marilyn, and the neutral flowered fabric was large enough for the body of two cases.

Approximately nine yards of fabric and scraps out of my stash.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Live, On Stage

Fremont County Symphony
Spring concert
During the fall and winter, the local communities (Lander and Riverton) offer an abundance of opportunities to attend live concerts and performances. The community college, the public schools, the County Symphony, and the Community Concerts Association provide entertainment, making the long, dark season alive with music and live performances. 

I am eager to see this year's schedule of concerts.

reflection of the orchestra in the acoustic tiles above the stage. 

Do you attend concerts in your community during the fall and winter?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Never, Say Never

English Paper-Piecing
September 2016
The last couple of years, hexagons or hexies have created quite a buzz on the internet, and every time I saw a hexie blog post, I'd shake my head and mutter to myself, "I'd never spend my time sewing hexies."

Ahem, last week I had to eat those words.

The program at the monthly sewing group meeting was English paper-piecing, aka hexies. I selected fabric, took it to the meeting, and went to work after Ingrid explained the procedure.

Ingrid showed the group the king-size quilt top
she made completely by hand. She hopes to
hand-quilt the top as well.  
When I got home, I worked on my hexies and had to admit that although it was tedious (I haven't done hand-stitching for years), it was enjoyable. I decided to make a table mat.

After I had basted the fabric on the paper templates, the first section went together fairly quickly.

A third round was added, and the paper templates were removed from the hexagons completely surrounded.

The last round (green hexagons) will soon be added, and then I'll have to decide how to finish the mat - keep the hexagon edge or cut it straight.

Obviously, I need to be more careful when I say, "never."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thermopolis Little Library

Free Little Library
Thermopolis, WY
September 2016
Sue and Bert, dear friends from my teaching days, spied this cute Little Library in Thermopolis on their way to Cody and turned around to snap a photo for me. I looks like it's packed with reading material.  (Thanks for sharing this photo with me, Sue.)

More and more of the Free Little Libraries are visible in the area.

How I'd love to have one in my front yard.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Colorful Feathers

Colorful Feathers
63 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor 
Colorful Feathers was one of the projects I worked on at Marilyn's house in August. I had all but one row finished when I came home: it took me a month to get motivated to make eight more blocks. Last week, this UFO was checked off of my "to do" list.

Colorful Feathers is QOV #99

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