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.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mountain "Eats"

Marilyn and Dwight
Dutch oven cooking
Dwight planned all the meals for our week on the mountain and did most of the cooking and grilling. On our first morning at the cabin, he prepared a sausage, potato, egg and cheese dish in a Dutch oven. It was yummy.

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

Sixteen-Patch Blocks

Sixteen-patch blocks

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

Mountain Sewing

packed and ready to head to the mountains
Last week, Marilyn and I had another Sisters' Sew-in, but this time it was at a cabin in the Big Horn Mountains, southeast of TenSleep, WY.

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
July 2016
near TenSleep, WY
When we arrived at the cabin, Marilyn and I scoped out a place to sew. We moved the sofa and set up our sewing tables.

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

Foreign Friday

Snow sculpture
Sapporo, Japan
1981

The temperatures are heating up, and summer is here. It seems appropriate to share some photos the Sapporo Snow Festival.

snow sculpture
Sapporo, Japan
1981
Older posts can be seen here.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Back in Time - Teaching Buddies

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.
After I returned from teaching in Japan, my next job was teaching Language Arts (English) and Journalism at Wind River High School. Even though I saw a LOT of principals come and go during that time period, the staff members were fairly consistent. In my opinion, it was the longevity and dedication of the staff that kept the school from imploding from the revolving door on the principal's office. For a period of time, we had a new principal every year or every other year and a somewhat militant school board as well. It was the staff that provided the stability the students needed during those years. This group of educators and support staff always put the students first, and I was proud to work with every one of them.

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

Lacy Hitchhiker - revisted

Lacy Hitchhiker
June 2016
For some reason my knitting progress has been minimal this summer, but a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to finish a couple of projects - Summer Socks (posted yesterday) and Lacy Hitchhiker. Both were finished on June 25, 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 - revisited

Summer Socks - completed
June 2016
While in Lander last week for a meeting, I took a couple of finished projects to the city park for a mini photo shoot. The parking barrier rocks were perfect for snapping some photos.

Summer Socks are ready to wear and enjoy.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrate Freedom

Old Glory
Casper, WY
May 2016
As you celebrate today, look around and find the Stars and Stripes proudly flying in your community. The flags may be large or even small, but I guarantee, they will be visible. 

Heart Mountain - Japanese Internment Camp
near Cody, WY
Summer 2011
The American banner will be flying to celebrate freedom
 and as a reminder that history should not be allowed to repeat itself.

Misawa AFB
Misawa, Japan
Autumn 1980
It will be raised with great ceremony on military bases . . .

Oscar and Jake Eberle (my uncles and WWII veterans)
and Byron Eberle prepare to raise the colors at the farm
near Pavillion, WY
Summer 1988
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
Denver, CO
July 2010
It will be unfurled at sporting events throughout the nation.

Today, the flag will be everywhere, so look up, stand proud, 
and celebrate the freedom that it represents not just today, but everyday.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Foreign Friday

Five-tiered Red Pagoda
Miyajima, Japan
Spring 1980
Miyajima's Five-Storied Pagoda, or goj┼źnoto, is a vermillion-colored tower that stands 27 meters tall. It was first constructed in 1407 and rebuilt in 1533: the tower is dedicated to the Buddhist god of medicine. 

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