Sapporo Snow Festival
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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
67 x 83
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
|Hitchhiker scarf knit with Noro yarn|
|Colorful and lacy Noro Hitchhiker scarf|
Monday, July 25, 2016
|13 yards of patriotic fabric for QOV|
a gift from Mary H.
|nearly 17 yards of backing fabric for QOV|
a gift from Marilyn
Thanks to Mary and Marilyn, my fabric stash has grown by nearly 20 yards.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
|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.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
|Marilyn and Dwight|
Dutch oven cooking
Other dishes included grilled pork chops, grilled chicken, pan-fried fish (caught by the guys), biscuits and gravy, grilled potatoes with ham, grilled brats, French dip sandwiches (prepared by Maria and Marilyn), teriyaki steak and rice (prepared by Maria), and of course, S'mores.
Lunches consisted of sandwiches and leftovers from previous meals.
The cabin had a unique appliance - a Sunbeam microwave, oven, broiler, and toaster combo that was the size of a regular small microwave. It worked perfectly and didn't take up much room in the kitchen.
We ate well and plainly didn't want for tasty meals. Thanks for being our chef, Dwight
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The first two days at the mountain cabin, I worked on the sixteen-patch blocks. By the time I reached the bottom of the bin, I had completed 79 sixteen-patch blocks with only a lonely four-patch left for seed.
Project number one was completed.
Monday, July 18, 2016
|packed and ready to head to the mountains|
I took three projects for the week - the four-patch squares, the pinwheel kit blocks, and the Noro hitchhiker scarf.
|Marilyn sewing in our Cabin Sweat Shop|
near TenSleep, WY
|my sewing station - complete with a homemade chocolate chip cookie.|
Marilyn made the chocolate chip cookies as well as a family favorite -
raisin drop cookies that our Mom made all the time.
These photos were taken on a chilly mountain morning. Rather than use the fireplace, we wore jackets to sew.
|Marilyn working on her quilt blocks. The stack of blocks in the upper|
right are finished. Her project was more tedious than mine, but her finished
blocks were beautiful made with 1930s reproduction fabrics.
The cabin we used is owned by friends of my nephew Dwight, and it was perfect. The guys (Harold and Paul - my brother-in-laws, and Dwight) fished and explored the mountains. Maria (Dwight's wife) read and relaxed while Marilyn and I sewed.
On the first day, two of Dwight and Maria's friends who also have a cabin in the area, came by to welcome us to the mountain. They couldn't believe that Marilyn and I were sewing.
More photos to come. . .
Friday, July 8, 2016
The temperatures are heating up, and summer is here. It seems appropriate to share some photos the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
|WRHS Faculty 1981|
Front row: Ethel R., Sue O., Bev S., Margaret S., Chuck G., Bill H.,
Sharon N.. Second Row: Alice N., Allen H., Jim N., Nancy J.
Back row: Nancy S., LeRoy S., Jim N., Bert O., Kris N., Louise O.
Over the years, one by one, we retired and turned in our classroom keys and grade books. Some now substitute or work as paraprofessionals in the classroom, but others are enjoying complete retirement. Two individuals in the photo above (Kris F. and Bill H.) officially retired in May 2016.
Last month, Chuck and Renee G. hosted a BBQ at their house because Bill H. (who moved to Omaha and taught there for nearly a decade) was visiting the area. Former staff who didn't have prior commitments gathered at the BBQ and caught up on each other's lives and reminisced a bit, too.
The recent photo below shows we're all a bit grayer. If you're curious to compare, the names of those in both photos are bold and italicized in the captions.
|WRHS Faculty (nearly all retired) 2016|
Front: Margaret S., Deb G., Phyllis P., Kris F., Bill H., LeRoy S., Dennis V.
Back: Chuck G., Renee G., Nancy S., Dick Q., Jim P., Bruce G.
It was great to visit with a few of my old teaching buddies again.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
As I mentioned yesterday, Lander City Park was the site for my mini photo shoot. At the playground, I had fun draping the shawl around and on various play areas. The children there were curious and a bit amused.
|completed Lacy Hitchhiker|
Knitting notes can be found on the original post. The finished shawl/scarf used all but 5 grams of the 150 gram skein.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
|Summer Socks - completed|
Summer Socks are ready to wear and enjoy.
Monday, July 4, 2016
|Heart Mountain - Japanese Internment Camp|
near Cody, WY
The American banner will be flying to celebrate freedom
and as a reminder that history should not be allowed to repeat itself.
|Oscar and Jake Eberle (my uncles and WWII veterans)|
and Byron Eberle prepare to raise the colors at the farm
near Pavillion, WY
and it will be raised with reverence at homes and on family farms.
|Stars and Stripes held by members of the military at a|
Colorado Rockies game
It will be unfurled at sporting events throughout the nation.
Friday, July 1, 2016
|Five-tiered Red Pagoda|