Saturday, October 14, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 3

I have started the quilting. I wish my free motion straight line quilting were more constant. It will have to do. I know what I'm doing within the tree but I'm constantly changing my mind for the area around it. Eventually, I'll have to decide. But I still have a lot of time to think about it as I'll be away from my studio for the next ten days.

I found this book at a thrift store during my recent trip in the USA. Meanwhile I have read it and I can highly recommend it not only but especially to all quilters among you. Such intelligent, meaningful and clever way to describe the histories of women over three generations. The analogy of bits and pieces that form a life and patches that form a quilt! Sometimes well organised and structured like in a well designed patchwork pattern, sometimes chaotic or simply free of form(ality) as in a Crazy Quilt. I adore this book and it makes me appreciate quilts even more I already do!

Taking a short break from blogging.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 2

I thought this could be it and sewed it all together.

I ran out of the background fabric and had to improvise. Maybe it's for the good. I am not completely happy with the look. The bad light in this picture is also not helpful. I'm debating how to quilt it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 1

It's been a while that I wanted to make a Christmas quilt. This year is the year!

My plan is to make a wall hanging that represents a Christmas Tree. I'm aiming at a minimalistic design with a fresh look. We'll see.

This is the fabric pull

And first blocks

Monday, October 9, 2017

epp project with still no name

I am still enjoying working on this hand sewing project in the evenings.

Also did some math and realised there are still a lot of blocks to be sewn. Aiming at 6x8 = 48. So back to the cutting table it was.

I like to name my quilts but I'm having a hard time coming up with a name for this one.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy fabric and notions shopping

Once at home it is always a pleasure to look at all the quilty souvenirs I bring back. Be it from scale up quilt fabric shops, be it from thrift stores.

In the meantime everything has found its place and I'm back at the sewing machine!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Northwest USA Trip - Last pics // 15 and last!

And here, to conclude this report, a few miscellaneous pics from lasts days of our USA trip. We knew we were going to have a great time and we couldn't be happier and more grateful for all the things we saw and the experiences we had.

With lovely Tamara King from Portland, Oregon. A quilter and Instagram friend that I had the pleasure to finally meet in person. It is wonderful when social media lead to real encounters and friendships are strengthened.

With Pistol Pete, medicine man of the Nez Perce Tribe and staff member of Visitor Center, Nez Perce National Historical Park. He gave both of us a little bag filled with herbs to prevent illness. He makes them himself and blesses them before giving them away. He put each of us one around our neck. You can see me wearing mine. He said they would protect us while traveling. I was very moved by this encounter.

At a Rodeo in Lewiston, Idaho

and at the parade the next morning.

Theatre de la Mode at Maryhill Museum of Art, Washington

On the terrace of the museum overlooking the mighty Columbia River

A room with a view over The Dalles, Oregon

A last excursion to Roventa Crest, Oregon

Time to say goodby to our at Portland airport, Oregon,

and off we are!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for traveling along.

Next back to quilting!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Northwest USA Trip - Hells Canyon, Idaho // 14

Another pretty amazing place was Hells Canyon in Idaho. Unfortunately, here too the smokey air from wildfires covered most of what could have been great views. Still the area has been well worth the visit and while previous wildfires provide esthetics of its own beauty, it is also soothing to see that nature brings back life in the end.

The first day brought us to Heavens Gate Vista Point. We could only imagine the beautiful view of the Seven Devils Mountains that we could barely make out at the horizon. Instead we enjoyed the immediate view around us and a lovely chat with the fire looker.

The second day we went hiking along Snake River. Still very reduced views due to the smoke but the river's name got honored!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Northwest USA Trip - Glacier National Park, Montana // 13

We also visited Glacier National Park located partly in Montana and partly in Canada. As the name says one of the things to see there are glaciers. At least what is still left of them. A information board stated that today we see only 25% of the ice that existed in 1850. Only approx. 25 of the 150 glaciers that were present then. And projections are that the park's glaciers will be gone by 2030.

We hiked six miles (one way!) all the way up to Grinnell Glacier. Quite tiring but oh so worth it!

Here too, the sky was partly covered in smoke from wildfires farther away. Thus reduced and unfocused views that mystified the scenery.

These are pictures from the descend

And back to the ground and driving home

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