Friday, September 28, 2018

Wyoming Pride

Hudson, WY
July 2018
When Brenda was visiting in July, I asked her to snap this photo as I pulled over to the side of the road.

The image on the side of the building is similar to the Wyoming State flag that was adopted in 1917.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Concert Season

University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra
September 2018
Last Thursday, I attended the first concert of the UW Symphony Orchestra Season. Since I purchased season tickets for the symphony and the theatre/dance performances, I will be spending a lot of time enjoying the 2018-2019 fine arts season.

I snapped the photo before the conductor entered, but many people were taking photos during the concert. The seats in the last two rows of the hall are called "Tweet Seats" and are sold to those who want to tweet quietly during the performance.

Do you "Tweet" and would you tweet during a concert or play?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Higher Ground Fair

Laramie, WY
September 22, 2018
I spent several hours on Saturday at the Higher Ground Fair. One of the barns was converted into a "concert hall" with various performers taking the stage surrounded by spectators sitting on hay bales. I watched some Native American dancing for a bit before I wandered over to the llama show.
The judge evaluates a llama and its handler.
The llama show was interesting. The handlers had to lead their animals through various obstacles they might encounter as therapy animals. The van in the background was the first test: only a couple of the llamas actually entered van. Other tests were walking up and down stairs, walking across a spongy mattress, allowing a stranger to approach for petting, backing up, walking through a hanging curtain, and passing completely through a hoop. A couple of the llamas breezed through the course and others resisted.
llama costume parade
 After the show, the llamas paraded through the grounds - lots of fun!

This fellow was quite regal: he held his neck straight and his head high and almost strutted as he walked. His coat was exceptionally soft.

I spent so much time admiring the llamas that I missed the draft horse competition and show. As I approached, the announcer said the obstacle course completion was set to begin in 30 minutes, so I sat in the grandstand and watched as the course was set up.

setting up the course for the draft horse show.
After nearly 45 minutes, I grew weary of waiting for the crew to finish the course. No one seemed to be in charge and things were placed only to be moved and adjusted again and again.
measuring and remeasuring the distance between cones. 
These two women measured the cone placement about six times: they would move one cone to the left, measure and then move it back to the right. It was almost comical to watch them because their measurements seemed arbitrary.

I never did find the building that was housing a quilt show. I saw a lot of food vendors, a beer garden, commercial displays, and various vendors.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Forty-seven Days!

listed August 9, 2018
Riverton, WY
Today, I am back in Riverton for the closing on the sale of my house. I walked out the door for the last time on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The "For Sale" sign was placed in the yard as the movers were loading the truck with my possessions.

I didn't anticipate that the house would sell so quickly - just 47 days from listing to closing.

As Fall approached, I was making arrangements to winterize the sprinklers and possibly the house. I'm relieved that winterizing, fall cleanup and snow removal are no longer on my "To Do" list.

The couple who bought the house saw it last Sunday (September 16, 2018) and made a cash offer on Monday, September 17th. I countered on Tuesday, and they accepted my offer.
January 2017
I'll miss the house and the neighbors, but not the snow shoveling!

While I'm here, I plan to visit with friends and tie up some loose ends: utilities, banking, etc.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Creating a Plan

Some quilts start with a pattern, but others are improvised. This panel will eventually become a Quilt of Valor. I'll play with some scraps and come up with a plan to make this QOV unique.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wind Gauge

Wyoming wind gauge
Riverside, Wyoming
September 2018
Wyoming humor at its best. While the anvil suspended from the chain was made of wood, I'm sure Wyoming wind could actually get an iron anvil to swing on a chain if it were placed in a good location.

Wind farms (wind turbines spaced in wind prone areas to capture wind energy for electricity) are abundant in central and southern Wyoming.

A previous post about wind turbines can be found here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Stars Abound

Stars Abound
56 x 66 inches
Quilt of Valor #147
I enjoy working with panels and trying to make the borders around them unique. The star border on Stars Abound were scraps from another Quilt of Valor, and I think the stars make the panel "pop."

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Leaf Peeper

Aspen gold
Snowy Range Scenic Byway
September 2018
Last week, I headed to the Snowy Range on a "leaf peeping" mission. Most of the Aspen on the north side of the mountains were near peak color.
I made the full circle from Laramie to Centennial, from Centennial to Riverside, and from Riverside to Laramie. The Aspen on the south side were mostly still green, but I'm sure they will be gorgeous this weekend.
I spent most of the afternoon admiring nature's beauty.
clear mountain water
Mirror Lake - Snowy Range Scenic Byway
September 2018
 I ate my sack lunch on the shore of Mirror Lake - just me, the birds, the fish, and a gorgeous view.
Mirror Lake
September 2018

Are the trees in your area showing Fall color?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Liberty Bound

Liberty Bound
57 x 70 inches
Quilt of Valor #146
Liberty Bound was finished last Monday (Patriot's Day.) The piano key border surrounding the center panel were scraps from a previous Quilt of Valor that I discovered when I was packing.

I discovered that the garage door makes a nice place to hang quilts so I can snap a photo.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Do You Remember . . .

box of 8-track tapes for sale
Goodwill - Laramie, WY
September 2018
. . . when these were popular?

I played some of mine so much they literally wore out.  Lots of wonderful memories of cruising down the highway with the windows open (no A/C) and singing along to the Mamas and Papas, The Carpenters, John Denver, The Beach Boys, and Buck Owens.

Somewhere in my garage are two 8-track tapes one of my students made of the musical Godspell that I directed at Wheatland High School in the mid-1970s. I don't have a player anymore, but I can't bring myself to throw the tapes away.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Using Scraps

using scraps to add borders to remaining
pieces of the Blackbird Village panels
September 2018
It didn't take long to whip by the backings for the two Quilts of Valor, so I focused on preparing a back for Blackbird Village, another quilt top finished in June.

Two pieces of the original panel were not used on the front of the quilt, so I framed them with scraps to use on the backing.

two panel pieces framed with scraps
September 2018
This strip made from remaining panel pieces and scraps was created to add length to the backing fabric.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Back at the Machine

two QOV and backings
September 2018
Once the sewing room was rearranged, I felt like preparing backs for the last two Quilts of Valor that I finished in June - Lone Star II and Square Dance.  It has never taken me this long to prepare backs for completed quilts. Clearly my sewing mojo has been missing for two whole months.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Arranging and Rearranging

Over the weekend, I finally felt like turning on the sewing machine and working some old projects. Three quilts that were finished earlier this summer have been waiting for me to prepare backings, and I kept moving them from pile to pile. Part of my lack of motivation was the arrangement of my sewing room. It's a smaller space and one whole wall cannot be used because it has two doors.

sewing room arrangement
August 2018
Brenda and Marilyn helped move the tables around when they were here helping me unpack, and we settled on the arrangement shown above. It left me with a lot of open space, but I wasn't comfortable using the cutting table. Then it dawned on me that it was awkward to have the rulers on the left side of the table. I tried moving them to the right, but then I didn't have enough room to maneuver with the ironing board right behind me.

I pulled out the measuring tape and some did some figuring. I put painter's tape on the carpet for the size of the units and moved them around until I had a workable position for the three key units - the sewing cabinet, the ironing board, and the cutting table.
new arrangement
September 2018 
I moved the rulers to the right of the cutting table and placed the ironing board in an "L" shape next to the cutting table. The ironing board buts up next to the closet door and overlaps the cutting table where the rulers are stored. That leaves me with lots of room to handle fabric and to cut comfortably. The ironing board is accessible from both sides which will allow me to iron large pieces of backing fabric and quilt tops. 
sewing cabinet by the windows
September 2018
The sewing cabinet remained by the windows which look out on the patio and the street.
the stash "stashed" in the closet
August 2018
Most of the fabric stash fits in the closet, but there is also fabric tucked away in bins under the cutting table.

All the doors in the apartment are 36 inches wide. (note the opening behind the open closet door - that's a bathroom, and next to it is a door that opens into the living room. Those two doors make that wall unusable for anything else.)

Once I had the furniture rearranged, some of my sewing mojo returned.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Here's the Scoop

antique ice cream scoop collection
September 2018
The owner of Grand Villa hosts an ice cream social every year for the tenants. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet some of my new "neighbors." A tenant directory (each person had to sign a waiver to be included in the booklet) was distributed.

I spoke to the owner briefly as I examined the scoops. He told me he used to collect Civil War pistols until they became too expensive, so he switched to a more affordable hobby of collecting antique ice cream scoops/dippers. He brought about half of his collection to display at the ice cream social.

The variety of designs was interesting. 

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