Saturday, September 20, 2014

Catching Up Alaska to Aneheim

A partly cloudy Autumn day, we decided to do a little hike, on the Johnson trail, along Turnagain Arm.  The new header on the blog is a panoramic shot we took of each other in one fell swoop! It was fun trying to get it, & I was pleased with the final product.

Lots of berries along the trail, & we saw fresh bear scat on the path, on our way back down the trail

Sitting on this bench over-looking the inlet, made me dizzy!

Going backwardin time, this was our yard last weekend. I posted a video of the interaction here.

Last weekend was our Anchorage Log Cabin Quilt Show. This was a quilt that I quilted & bound for my friend Carol, who has been ill. I finished it just in time for the show.

I used a King Tut cotton Variegated thread for the feathers & bubble filled wedges around the blocks, & used Sulky Holoshimmer for the radiating lines & background quilting.

Carol got out of the hospital on Saturday, & made it to the show on Sunday, in time to see that we got a Viewer's Choice ribbon! Here we are together, 2 sisters by heart. My friend Carol Wight Jones, & me.

Here's Carol with the ribbon hanging.

Our calendar Girls display, with our landscape quilts for this next year's  calendar.

My friend Rachel Korshin, made another exquisite Traupunto quilt.

She got a Viewer's Choice also.

This was the raffle quilt, with Gail Ramsey & Jane Ferguson selling tickets.

This nod to the 4th Ave theater quilt, was made by Gail.

My fiernd Jackie Carley made this tree quilt for the small quilt Auction.

This large Storm at sea quilt was also a Viewer's Choice winner. It was an excellant quilt show!

Going even further back, the end of August we flew down to LA, California, & spent a week at the Worldmark just a couple of blocks from Disneyland. My daughter Michelle & her family, & her partner Sean's parents, Jackie & Russ met us down there & stayed with us. We had a BLAST!

These were the view from our rooftop deck. We watched the fireworks from up here at night.

Disneyland was everything we had hoped it would be.

We had a lot of fun, kids young & old.

We spent 3 days playing in the parks (California Adventure & Disneyland both).
Below is the River ride where Warren lost his hat.  We got really wet, & I loved every minute of it. It was 97 degrees! These Alaskans were HOT!

 Back at the condo we spent time in & around the pool. Warren & I really enjoyed getting to know Jackie & Russ.

I loved seeing the kids too. Sean Jr turned 2 yesterday. Happy birthday big boy.


& the other thing that happened recently, we have another grand daughter, Maeve Patricia Price, born to Brandon & Laura on Sept. 4th. I can't wait to hold her in my arms!

Gand-babies are just the BEST!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let me be the first to say, Happy Birthday Michelle!

It happened in the blink of an eye. My daughter hits a new decade on August 4th. This is the silly quard I made for her birthday.

& here is the crazy quilt that I did entirely in my longarm. Pieced & quilted all in one. It's the first large quilt I've done like this. The first small one I did several years ago for the Quilt Alliance challenge, that Ally Aller bid on & won. & included in her first book. This one I used a wavy rotary cutter, to cut all the pieces. I layered a solid black fabric on top of the batting, & then pieced leaving the black to show between the raw edges. It has a soft minke back & will keep her warm in winter.
This last is a piece of silk, that I painted on a nice sunny day on my deck last week.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Doodling 3D

It was a warm sunny day again today, & I couldn't see staying inside, so I took a piece of cloth, & my color box, of pens & crayons, & did some doodling! Here are the results.
I saw a short demo on making things appear 3D on Facebook somewhere, & decided I had to play with it.

The plaid may be a bit carried away, but it was fun.

The contrast of light & dark seems more effective, than those with the more subtle contrast.

Friday, July 04, 2014


It's a beautiful day here in Anchorage, Alaska.  Warren is out mowing the lawn & I'm getting to ready to go pull some weeds. It's our 24th wedding anniversary, & we will be having dinner out tonight to celebrate.

I appreciate comments, & honest critiques. I took Kathy's from my last post & agreed completely. I had actually thought the same, but was feeling too lazy to go further. After seeing what she said, I decided to get off my duff, & do what I had actually thought about before the last post. I added a strip of batting inside the lower half of the sleeve, quilted it, & folded it in half. I also painted with Lumiere & some Gel pens, to help add the the continuation of the Aurora into the sleeve area. I like it better. Thanks Kathy!

Here is the Poke blossom eco-print after washing. The dark marks to the left are from the piece of Bamboo that I had wrapped the fabric on to do the steaming. I guess bamboo dyes dark. There were also bits of small leaves from some random plant that I have on my deck that added a little touch of green spots.

I just finished 2 projects on Lilly (the longarm), & here is the next big one to do. I had a bit of a bad day yesterday when I cleaned & oiled my machine, & accidentally caught my oil rag in the bobbin hook underneath. Had to tear down the whole thing & work on getting the timing right again. It took me a few hours, but better than the days it took the lat time I did it! I swear I will never go near that thing again with a rag in my hand, while I running the machine!!!

This new quilt is the last large quilt my friend Carol Wight Jones has done. I'm honored that she is entrusting it to me. I hope I can do it justice. Carol has been a cover quilt on Quilter's Newsletter magazine. Her work is impeccable!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Eco Dye Print & Landscape-Dreamscape quilt

I recently had my 60th birthday, & my friend Lori gave me this pretty "Poker" plant. It had these beautiful blossoms on it,  she told me I should pluck them off when I plant it outside, so the roots will get it established. I hated to do it, 
but here it is, all beheaded!

Not all was lost though, I used the flower heads on a piece of Alum treated wool from my friend Kathy, who does eco printing all the time, in Michigan, & here is what it looks like after printing. I haven't washed it yet, so it may turn color. I promise, Kathy, I will keep you posted it!

I finished binding my landscape quilt, for this years Calendar Girls challenge. It's a piece I started about 12 years ago in a David Walker workshop. It was the last class he taught before he retired from teaching.

It"s reverse applique', machine quilted & couching. The fabric along the top is actually the sleeve. I decided I liked it that way, since I had split it into a triptych, but wanted it to hang as one piece, & the hand painted fabric looked like northern lights to me. I didn't paint the fabric though, I think I bought it some where along the line.

This last shot is 2 simple block s that I made samples for future reference. Both I found directions for on You-Tube. the flying geese block is done with 2 squares, a rectangle, & 1 straight seem. It was a Ricky Tims video. The bowtie block (click on the high lighted links to watch the videos)  is done with 5 squares all the same size. It's only 2 seems, & was so much fun I made 12 more & have finished a quilt top, which I will post some time next month, after it's quilted & sent to it's new home!

Oh, & the best gift I got for my 60th, came a week early. This is Jocelyn. My very first Great-Grandchild! She lives in Florida, so I haven't got to meet her yet, but thanks to Facebook & her mommy Ally, I see pictures every day!