Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, Quilts, Sewing, Travel

A Photo A Week Challenge: Vibrant

The entire world is the palette for this challenge, which makes it very difficult.  So I looked through photos to see where the most vibrant color jumped out at me.  In my collection it was the photos taken in my favorite quilt store in Anchorage, Alaska.

Here is a small sample of the fabrics in the store and a quilt that is one way to show off those vibrant colors. Many of the fabrics they carry are exclusive to Alaska and can only be purchased at stores in that state.  I hope you enjoy.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Off-Center

I rather think this is my life.  I do believe some people are meant to be symmetrical and some are not.  I am in the latter group.

I find things more pleasing to my eye if they are just a little bit off-center.

While the bird is centered in this photo, the branches , being off-center almost act as a frame for the bird.

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I have the people off-center here which give them more importance in the picture.

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I know that when it comes to hanging paintings on the wall or creating art, I again go for the off-center.  When making quilts I find that I like the change it gives to what might be a traditional quilt.  So I have added a quilt that is off-center.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Mountains

 

I love mountains.  Big snow-capped majestic ones and soft curving old ones like the Smokey’s. When I lived in Alaska last year I saw them daily and loved every bit of it  This photo is of a pass through the mountains last summer.

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This is a lovely quilt pattern called Moon Over the Mountains.

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This is for the Nancy Merrill challenge, A Photo A Week.

Posted in 2017, Aging, Airplane, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

Smithsonian Museums, A Quick Trip

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We managed to sneak in a quick side trip to Washington DC for a few hours between cities.  We knew it would be a short trip and only planned on one museum, but we got 2 in.  DC, if you are on the east coast is a great quick trip for travelers of all ages and much of it is free.

The 2 we visited today were American History and Natural History, and as usual both were very busy.  It is wonderful to see school children from the area and around the country at these museums.  Our tax dollars keep them running and started them in the beginning, so what a good use of dollars.

Since we had a short time available, we could only have a quick trip to see some of the iconic items on display.  The good part is, my teenage travel companions both loved them.  We now have made plans to come and visit again!

The above are Natural History next is American History and they liked both for different reasons.

 

Looks like we found a quilt, but it is individual canvases.  Very interesting.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Boats & Ships

I am trying to do the photo a week challenge by Nancy Merrill, this week it is “Boats & Ships.”

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This is a cruise ship that was in the harbor in Seward Alaska.  It is the first cruise ship that was going north through the northern passage.  It was traveling with its own ice breaker ship in the lead. This was going from Seward to New York City and was going to take 3 months.

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Two of my son-in-laws were very happy with the purchase of this old boat, so happy they could not wait to put it in water to enjoy it.  Big boys and their toys.

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What a pretty quilt with a nice variety of ships on it.

Posted in 2017, Aging, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Senior Salon, Sewing, Yes

Who Changed My Socks

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Or maybe I should ask when did my socks change. We now have socks that make a statement, or support a cause, or may change lives.  I used to be concerned that mine kept my feet warm and dry, but they are so much more now. The only time socks made a difference earlier was Donny Osmond’s purple socks.

Today socks are stripes or polka dots or both and celebrate holidays. It is also OK if they don’t match your outfit or each other.  This is a whole new world. This is true for men, women and children.

My favorite socks of all time, sadly I don’t have a  photo of them.  They have Halloween colors of purple and black and say ” Trick or treat, smell my feet.” I do wear them year round and they are pretty worn, but I am sure I will keep wearing them until I find a replacement.

As with most things I relate to quilts, I was not sure how that would be possible, other than a quilted Christmas Stocking.  Recently I found a quilt made from those socks that have had half the pair eaten by the washer or dryer. Simply cut the sock in half lengthwise and stitch it to the top of a quilt.  Amazing how clever people are.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Weekly Photo Challenge, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Yellow

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“The Calla Lilies  are in bloom again…”  Katharine Hepburn in “Stage Door.” Love the quote and the flower, here in the Midwest they do not winter outdoors, so seeing them bloom is a happy thing.

Right now the garden has a few other yellow contributions and a great-grandson brought out a collection.

The other place I go to is always a quilt.  Someone once told me that if a quilt has only a small percentage of yellow fabric it is classified as a yellow quilt.  I think that he combination of yellow and another color often makes a beautiful quilt and I love all the shades of yellow.

Posted in CFFC, postaday, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel

Hot And/Or Cold

One of my favorite examples of Hot and/or Cold.

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Sadly I have one of those minds that remembers unimportant trivia.  The “hot and cold” water towers were featured on a television show at least 25 years ago, but they certainly made an impression on me.

I equate most things to quilts, so here is a great example of a quilt with warm and cool colors working beautifully together.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Anchorage, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Yes

Reunited With My Clothes

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No, I have not been running around without any clothes, but its been the same ones for over a year.  If you are new to reading this, a little over a year ago I closed up my  home and went to Anchorage for a summer job.  Because I flew to Alaska, I was limited to 2 large suitcases and one small carry on, I guess I could have done more, but it would have been expensive.

'It's $50 for the extra bag, $20 for a reassuring smile and $30 for a ‘have a nice flight.''

So my clothes and shoes and fabric all went into a storage unit to wait for my return.  I came to one of my daughter’s homes for several days before I flew up to my summer adventure.  Because we drove here, I could just pile things into the car and sort it out here.  Now I am back visiting that daughter and the clothes I left behind.

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I think this is how people prepare to live in those adorable tiny houses  You are allowed 4 pairs of jeans, 6 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shoes, or some such thing.  Having lived much of my life as a clothes-hound, that is beyond my comprehension.  I have cut down drastically since retirement and no need to dress for the office every day. But I have found out a new love for my old things……WHAT??

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I could not remember what was here and “knew” a certain pair of boots was going to be among the items.  Not so.  My favorite shorts, those lightweight jackets  I love to layer in the summer and my favorite bathrobe were all here waiting to greet me. It was better than being a kid at Christmas.  You know how the “experts” tell you if you have not worn an item in a year get rid of it, I will agree with that thought.  This is different, we were separated, I will still take a hard look at what I need to take back to my new temporary home.

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At least now I am much closer to my things and can come back to visit my clothes and my daughter. Now for the tough choices, what will I wear today.   I am having a great day and hope you are also.

Posted in 2017, Aging, postaday, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Senior Salon, Sewing, Yes

I See Quilts.

Not as bad as “I See Dead People.”  This just means that I look at a beautiful landscape and try to figure out how to turn it into a quilt.  I did not realize that everyone didn’t do this.  I know many of my quilt friends get it because they do the same thing.

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An honors course I took in college called “Women In Literature” gave us a lot of latitude to create our own final for the course.  Some wrote an essay about what they felt about the course; some made a video of one of the books we read; I made a quilt. The reading material translated in my mind to quilt blocks.

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Many of us make quilts for all life experiences.  The birth of a child is an obvious one, however birthday and house-warming are a couple of automatic occasions in my mind.  Another occasion is the passing of a friend or family member, also a promotion at work fits the category.  We can’t forget as a fundraiser either.

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I don’t believe this is a deadly illness to have, some may disagree when they see the size of my fabric stash.  If it falls down, it’s all over.  I would cite a lot of other examples, but my mind is already racing at my next blog post and what quilt will I use to explain it.  How would you gift a quilt or what event would you like to receive a quilt for?