log cabin by the river

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working on the cabin. Did a little what-ifing, inspired by Jude  http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/ . I had a little bag of 2″ by 2″ quilt squares bought at the thrift store. Wasn’t sure I would ever use them, so I challenged myself to come up with something pleasing just using the thrifted quilt squares. I knew it had to be the log cabin quilt pattern, and then I roofed the cabin with a piece of green velvet, another Jude inspiration.

At first I thought it looked a little eastern european, and then had a funny serendipitous happening. I called my dad to wish him Happy New Year, and while talking, he asked me what we had been up to. I answered, and mentioned that my husband had been reading  The Hobbit. My dad said excitedly, “I love  that book, an old woman in a bar gave me that once.”  So then I looked at the cabin and thought maybe it might be the cozy home of a hobbit.

my dad has a way of throwing in a quiet surprise now and again. That same conversation he told me how he likes to make fried chicken, marinated in buttermilk and honey. may need to try that.

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Alaska quilt continued

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continueing to quilt and applique…still need salmon, a log cabin and the compass……words too, still thinking about those…

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also began the binding….decided to do the binding even though it’s not completely done, well…just because I like bindings…

baptism by snow

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all this hand quilting is starting to pay off. The quilt is starting to behave like a quilt. It folds up so nicely into a bundle. It reminds me of a cowboys blanket roll. It is very satisfying to fold it..is that weird?

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still lots to go as you can see. I started to use the striped fabric as the backing and with all the quilting I did on the river sand, it was just too rough on the back side.  So I found a twin size navy blue flannel sheet in our linen closet and that feels perfect. I need to find my silvery silk to include a moon, my dad has done his fair share of howling at the moon…

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so far the sky has been my favorite part to quilt, it looks like actual clouds to me. The moon will go just to the left of these clouds.

Well, it’s about time!

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I have missed you guys!! I have a laptop and can use it at my leisure, upload photos and keep up with all my favorite blogs! I can even watch a little tv on this new laptop if the mood strikes me.. Yeah, I am happy to be back…I will be visiting blogs shortly.  Thank you to all of you that kept coming back even though I couldn’t payback the favor. I will be now.

I have had to take the quilt apart a few times to try and make it a little more square….I guess because this quilt has so many organic shaped pieces, it has been hard for me to make it square, it will be a little wonky, but who among us has a perfectly symmetrical body.It will do the trick.

I have been trying to decide if the sun needs a face, what do you think??

I have also been working on the eagle totem pole…maybe I will post about that next….need to sew on her wings first. I’m so glad to be back online..Yipppeeee!!

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It’s my Dad’s Birtday today…Happy Birthday Dad!

Pay it Forward gift Exchange

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This is my PIF gift for Tracy at Pinkpurl  http://pinkpurl.typepad.com/  It was fun to make and different from things I have previously made…a little freer a little more intuitive. Thank you Tracy for signing up, I hope you like it! I was able to send it to her while she visited her family in Pennsylvania.

My quilting and embroidery was inspired by Jude at http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/

She has recently begun a PIF exchange, and I had to join….I feel a little greedy though because she has already sent me a wonderful gift of fabrics. I received a parcel that made me swoon with joy. It is so nice to share such an enjoyment of fabric with such a gifted artist as Jude and then to have her send me a gift was so very wonderful, beautiful pieces of fabric from Indonesia and Turkey, etc…….cottons, velvets and silks. I can’t wait to use it in the Alaska quilt. A very lovely gift.

Thank You Jude!

Here are the rules for the PIF exchange-

“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3  people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

Quote-

Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
Rainer Maria Rilke

p.s. I would like to extend the PIF gift exchange to those who don’t yet have a blog, if you would like to comment. I will send gifts to 6  people total….3 bloggers and 3 who do not yet blog.

purple mountains majesty

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okay..I know they are denim blue….but I like the phrase so…and I may add a purple mountain before the river and sky. Wow…I felt a little omnipotent when I wrote that!…..Let there be light….and it was good…..or something like that…. except my fingers got sore…needed a sewing break…but have been pondering design, which is fun too. I had the quilt and all the pieces spread out on the floor with my safety pins holding everything in place and just sewed…I can see the reason Jude likes the table top quilting..it is much easier than setting up a frame and having to live around the quilt frame while working on the quilt.

How’s about a quote?

William Schulz

Unitarian Universalism affirms:

That Creation is too grand, complex, and mysterious to be captured in a narrow creed. That is why we cherish individual freedom of belief. At the same time our convictions lead us to other affirmations . . .

That the blessings of life are available to everyone, not just the Chosen or the Saved;

That Creation itself is Holy — the earth and all its creatures, the stars in all their glory;

That the Sacred or Divine, the Precious and Profound, are made evident not in the miraculous or supernatural but in the simple and the everyday;

That human beings, joined in collaboration with the gifts of grace, are responsible for the planet and its future;

That every one of us is held in Creation’s hand — a part of the interdependent cosmic web — and hence strangers need not be enemies;

That no one is saved until we All are saved, where All means the whole of Creation;

That the paradox of life is to love it all the more even though we ultimately lose it.

World January/February, 1990

the river to be

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Here is the latest. I have been piecing by hand and find it very soothing. I feel like I have a little more control than with the sewing machine, with all these curves.

Jude asked in her comment to the last post, if i was using wool fabric. Normally I would like to use all natural fibers, cotton, silk, or wool. Sometimes though, you have to go with what you have. The bear is wool and polyester and made from a recycled jacket, it doesn’t have a label, but didn’t shrink when washed. The fabric the bears are standing on is cotton and polyester, i think? it also didn’t have a label, made from recycled mens slacks. I thought the speckled beige worked so well for river sand. I think it will wear well and will work well as a whole with the finished piece.

This has been fun, and I’m glad Jude           http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/ 

encouraged me to get busy making this. I really have enjoyed everyone’s comments and feel as though my creativity has gotten a jump start. Thank you for visiting and for commenting.

Mama Bear, markers and snowflakes

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Here is the latest on the quilt. I went ahead and got markers like Jude suggested…..and they are FUN!

I found a pair of mens silk slacks at the thrift store for .99 cents. They have a nice weight and feel and they were great to color on. The green circle is a scrap from the slacks. I included a snowflake, because Mama bears think about snowflakes in the middle of July.

Have you heard of Wilson Bentley? He is one of my creative heroes. He spent his whole life studying and photographing snowflakes! You can find out more here-

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quilt inspirations

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Beautiful quilt by Cora Meek.  Photo found here-

http://www.art.org/

This looks like a great website about folk art and literature….some of my favorite things!

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Harriet Powers…..wow! 

http://www.answers.com/topic/harriet-powers

Quilts I have long been inspired by.

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Here is the progress so far. As I worked on this bear, I realized something cool. As a child in the 70’s I had always wanted an embroidered jean jacket, with all the cool animals and flowers on it. And now I have taught myself enough to make one if I want, or a quilt or whatever….. I realized as I made this that my passions were calling to me way back then. Art/Craft has ALWAYS been what I want TO DO.

gold in the river

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I took Turquoise out in the sun today to see if she looked more golden. My dad was a gold miner during the summer and spent his free time, mining a creek, near Eagle, Alaska. I wanted to have some reference to gold and this pretty thrifted embroidery thread did the trick. Fur is a tricky thing to try and capture on the other hand. For now I have used small  cotton crochet thread, making many chain stitches everywhere. I wanted the head and shoulders to be “blonder” than the rest of the bear. I am trying to work with what I have…..LOTS of thrifted supplies. She is soft and will be warm.

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