Monday, November 30, 2009

Celebration Park

We had another beautiful day on Sunday. We decided to get out and about again. First we went to Celebration Park on the Snake River. There you can see some very old petroglyphs on the rocks. We haven't been there for quite a while and Frank thought there were more drawings before (some have probably been chiseled off and taken away illegally). It was wonderful being outside.

Then we did our wine tastings at several Idaho wineries in that general area.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Getting Out

After having a leisurely Thanksgiving and a gloomy, rainy day after, we were all ready to get out of the house on our nice sunny Saturday. We put on our coats and hiking shoes and headed for the hills, the foothills that is.

The ground was quite muddy from the rain before and the temperatures in the 40's. But the air was wonderful. An hour and a half walk had us all revived.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful that my husband and daughter, who recently had the flu, are both better now.

I am thankful that my in-laws are here so that I could still go to my yoga and Nia classes while hubby and daughter were ill.

I am thankful we have a nice, warm house.

I am thankful for my hands to create and make many presents and lots of art.

I am thankful for all of you who take a minute or two out of your day to read my blog. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cuttin' Up

As I have cut up the last two big quilts I have made and reworked them (into something better, I think), I have to take a moment to figure out what I have learned.

Here's what I have learned:

1) How to attach two quilted pieces together with two different methods.

2) I need to spend more time with the completed piece, "processing it", before finishing up the edges and sewing on a sleeve.

3) I would rather take the chance cutting into something to make it better than have it sit in a closet and bug me.

4) Even if I ruined it and came up with nothing, I could always use the fabric to make a tote bag or something.

5) The computer is a handy tool for working on composition, even if it is only to print out pictures that can be cut up and pasted back together.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Yellowstone Impression 2

This is the second piece that came from the original work I cut up. This went together a little differently than the one before. The cut pieces were zig-zag stitched together and I had pieces to put together horizontally as well as vertically. Then I added some strips, that were left over from the original piecing, which were fused on and then zig-zag stitched as well. Once again, it is quite different than the first original piece.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yellowstone Impression Do-over

The saga of the Yellowstone Impression quilt continues. Let's review! First, I made this piece below.

Then, after it was completed and I had already sewn the facing and sleeve on, I decided it wasn't quite working for me. So I played on the computer and got this image below, which I could not possibly make in reality. But it showed me I needed to do something else.

And now, I have cut up the original piece and have made it into two completely different pieces. The first one is below and I am happy with it. The original idea is much more abstracted here.

The four horizontal sections are where it is joined together. (Someday I'll show you how I did that.) The yellow/peach strips were hand appliqued on since I could not piece it in.

I am finishing up the second piece which used up the leftover pieces and is also quite different.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Holidays are Coming

Yes, the holidays are coming. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. More specifically, I am talking about Christmas. I am already feeling the self-imposed stress. How can that be? Well, somehow it is ending up that I will be making many of the gifts this year. I don't know how that happened. It certainly sounded o.k. many months ago. But the clock it now ticking a whole lot faster, it seems.

Part of the problem is that I like to try to have everything packed up and mailed by Thanksgiving or, at least, right after Thanksgiving (since pretty much all our family presents have to be shipped somewhere). That way I can enjoy the rest of the season without too much stress. I don't think I will be making that deadline this year. But hopefully, it will be very soon after that. Here is something I am working on, but I can't tell you any more than that!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Weekend Fun

I didn't get much accomplished this weekend, but we did have some fun. On Friday, I got a new "toy", which is pictured above. It is a yarn winder and it makes those nice shapes you see behind it. The flat bottom keeps the yarn from rolling around and the yarn comes out the middle which makes it very nice to work with while knitting (or crocheting if that's what you do). Anna and I had fun winding up much of our yarn.

Saturday was a pretty nice day. Anna wanted to go shopping for clothes, but I didn't feel like it. Instead we scootered down to the elementary school, met Anna's friend there and hit tennis balls against the wall (I did more than the girls). We got a drink from the Roosevelt market and scooted home as the clouds were coming in and it was getting colder.

On Sunday, Anna and I went to see the Idaho Dance Theatre (the local modern dance company at BSU). For the last few years I have gotten season passes for me and Anna. It was the first performance for this season.

Frank was busy working on the garage. So he did get something accomplished but didn't have as much fun as we did.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Impression

Well, I was putting the image of Yellowstone Impressions in Publisher to print out several copies I could cut up and paste in my sketchbook, like I did with Indian Summer. Then, I started moving the multiple images around and came up with this. I like it better. Unfortunately, making this would require making three more quilts the same as the first and cut them and sewing them together. It would be enormous! So the computer application here doesn't really translate into real life, because I will not be doing that. I don't think I have enough fabric.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Yellowstone Impression
63-1/2" h x 37" w

This is a piece I just finished. Sorry the photos aren't great. It is pretty big for me. I don't like working big because it is so much harder to do the quilting on my regular home sewing machine.

I had an impression of some trees when we were driving through Yellowstone. There was a stand of dead pines that were either burnt or diseased, but sprinkled throughout were some Aspens with their bright yellow leaves. I do not have a picture of it. It is just in my head and I drew a very abstract sketch of what came to mind at the time. This is the result.

It might need to be cut up and rearranged. I'm not sure. I'm thinking of doing a smaller variation of this as I have some more ideas. What is your impression?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Post Halloween

Here are our pumpkins for this year. Frank did the fish in the fishbowl pumpkin.

I did a simple pumpkin since we were carving on Halloweeen. The design might have been influenced by how I was feeling. Anna did cats, what a surprise.

Anna's costume by day: grumpy pirate.

By night: ferocious pirate cat!

Frank wins the Halloween award for making a handmade sword in about five minutes. It's probably still wet in the photo.