Thursday, January 30, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
|112 four-patches (3.5 inches)|
The four patches would have been faster and easier to make with yardage, but I had some small scraps of both white and black and decided to use them.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The fossil record of the US state of Wyoming spans from the Precambrian to recent deposits. There are a large number of different fossil sites spread throughout the state.
Wyoming is such a spectacular source of fossils that author Marian Murray noted in 1974 that "[e]ven today, it is the expected thing that any great museum will send its representatives to Wyoming as often as possible." Murray has also written that nearly every major vertebrate paleontologist in United States history has collected fossils in Wyoming.
Monday, January 27, 2020
60 x 73 inches
Quilt of Valor #173
Pattern: Stars of Valor by Sandi Irish (this pattern was free several years ago and distributed by Timeless Treasures for their American Valor Fabric Collection) If you want a copy of the pattern, I recommend you contact the fabric company.
This is the third QOV I've made with this pattern. Earlier versions can be seen in these posts:
Stars of Valor (2017)
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Why on earth do people put their babies on the floor in public places! The worst drafts in any building are near the floor, and babies have vulnerable immune systems. Many restaurants have high chairs that will easily hold an infant carrier and bring the baby up to table height. A chair could be used to get the carrier off of the floor if a high chair is not available.
When I volunteered at a hospital for several years, I saw some of the most ludicrous behavior as people left the hospital with infants in carriers. Some put the child on top of the car while they opened the door; some put the carrier on the ground by the exhaust. Really!!
I know infant carriers are convenient. I know they allow babies to sleep comfortably while their caregivers go from place to place. However, it appears that the the carriers allow the babies to be treated like a sack of potatoes and not the precious little humans that they are.
Am I the only one who thinks this behavior is troubling.
Disclaimer: I do not have children, so my point of view presented in this post is based merely on observations
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Over the weekend, I went through some project boxes in my sewing room and found a stack of neutral triangles left over from this project. This stack has been moved from box to box and pile to pile for over a year, and it was time to actually DO something with them.
I slipped into a rabbit hole when searching for scraps to pair with these triangles. I unearthed even more triangles in various sizes and colors, and before long, I had stacks for HSTs, ranging in size from 2.5 - 4.5 inches. I'm sure some larger triangles may also be found in the scrap bins.
|over 100 HSTs - some trimmed and others waiting to be trimmed|
Monday, January 20, 2020
|Surprise package from Connie H.|
I was the lucky recipient of a package of fabric panels and some white yardage. She even sent a crocheted scrubby. It's fun when someone's "stuff" becomes your treasure.
Thanks, Connie for sending this unexpected, yet welcome package.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
59 x 68 inches
Quilt of Valor #172
I adapted the pattern (Simply Susan) to accommodate the center panel.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
|Houses in the Snow|
as seen at the Denver Art Museum
|photo courtesy of WYDOT|
Monday, January 13, 2020
|yardage from Marty S.|
Marty emailed photos of four fabrics and asked if I could use them for Quilts of Valor. I responded that they would work perfectly. When the package arrived, I was surprised that it wasn't simply fabric: it was yardage. The box contained 15+ yards of 100% cotton, quilting fabric.
Readers who are also quilters will understand my amazement: quilting fabric is expensive. The fabric in this package is perfect because the colors are basically neutrals and can be used for backgrounds in blocks or quilt borders. This gift will allow me to make many QOV, and every time I use it, I will think of Eileen and Marty.
Thank you, Marty! I am truly humbled by this generous gift.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
|worsted weight, scrap yarn|
I haven't knit a hat in years, so I had to consult my stack of patterns to find the correct number of stitches to cast on. Many of the balls are small, so the items will most likely be striped.
All the scraps are Plymouth Encore, a wool and acrylic blend, that knits, washes, and wears well.
* yes, that's snow in the photo - the latest storm was two days after Christmas.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Main Street, Parker, CO
Today, I'm sharing a few photos of some large and elaborately lit trees in two states.
The town of Parker, CO has many large trees decorated on Main Street, and on Christmas Eve, my brother-in-law pulled over so I could take some photos.
Several years ago, my family went to the Denver Zoo, and many of the trees were similarly lit. I can't imagine how long it takes to put the lights on the individual limbs. The decorated trees are simply gorgeous.
|photo by Vicki K.|
(a friend of my sister, Marilyn)
Cottonwood Drive and Parker Road
|West Fargo, ND|
No matter what the reason or the season, I love to see beautiful trees decorated with lights.
Monday, January 6, 2020
|Quilt of Valor in progress|
I had some 3.5 inch red squares in the scrap bin, so I put on a wrist brace and carefully cut the neutral fabric to sew with them. It didn't take long to prepare the checkerboard border and add it to the center panel.
Yesterday, I managed to sew on the outer dark frame. Three more borders will be added to meet the QOV size requirements when my wrist decides it is strong enough to hold and use the rotary cutter.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Twenty, thirty, and even forty years ago, 2020 seemed lightyears away, but here we are opening the door to another decade, a decade filled with unimaginable events and inventions.
Happy New Year!