Thursday, July 2, 2020

Project Updates

Hello Everyone,

I have so many projects going on that I had to start a monthly list to keep me on track for what I need to do on each project.  First up is the completion of the borders on Leaf Peepers.

Now I have to make the backing, machine quilt it, and bind this one.  Oh, and I have to finish the pattern writing too.  I'm looking forward to filling the borders with some beautiful machine quilting.

I decided to add borders to Lovey Dovey.  The borders give me lots of space for some more wonderful machine quilting.

This just didn't look "finished" to me.

Now here's the latest on my Crossing the Pond project with the Journey to America Fabric.  I felt that I was stuck in dry dock for the last week.  All I wanted to do was work on this project, but I had to get some of the other projects finished and out of my sewing room.  

Here's another block that is going to be in the final design.

First, I make all of the components for a block, and place them on the layout sheet, which will be included in the pattern.  I get my "sea legs" when I make my first block. I make sure all of my calculations are correct, and the colors play well together.

Now the block is sewn together.  I swapped out the pink for the blue HST.  I won't sew the sashing on until I get ready to sew the blocks all together.  The blocks will finish at 10".  After they are put together, the blocks will be 16" finished.

I have another project too which I will save for another post.  My box arrived from Henry Glass Fabrics the other day.  I will never be caught up!


P.S. Don't forget my sale is still going on in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Christmas in July Sale

Hello Everyone,

I'm offering a 20% off all patterns and my book in my Etsy shop from July 1 - July 4th.

Click HERE and the link will take you to my shop.

The Summer People have arrived and invaded our little mountain community.  Mr. Joe and I grocery shopped on Monday, and saw many empty shelves, and a vacant meat counter.  We have the old-fashioned meat counter where the butcher has to wait on you.  Pickin's were slim to none.

We could tell the Summer People were there, because the end cap full of S'mores fixings was totally wiped out.  The cupboard was bare in the potato chip aisle, bread aisle, pasta, and canned goods aisle.  Luckily the fruit and vegetable section was well stocked.  I guess the Summer People don't eat vegetables?

The pool, lake, and recreation area in my housing development just opened for the season.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if it closed down again, as the virus cases in the county are on a rapid rise.

We love to go to Taco Tuesday at a small Bistro in the center of town.  We bring a chair and set it off to the side respecting the social distancing mandated order.  We can sit and eat our tacos and listen to music for two-hours.  It is something we look forward to every week.  Yesterday, the music was cancelled due to the crowds of Summer People.

What amazed us while we shopped on Monday was the total lack of face masks.  We feel more at risk now than ever before.  There are more Summer People this year than ever before, as people are driving to local vacation spots instead of flying away to exotic locations.

I know I sound like sour grapes, and I apologize.  We are fortunate to live in such a gorgeous area where people like to vacation, and enjoy the mountain trails, lakes, rivers and streams.  I just wish the Summer People would be more respectful of the full-time residents by wearing masks, drive slower, and dispose their garbage properly in a certified bear bin.  This is one of the reasons why we have been seeing more bears lately.

I also know the Summer People bring much-needed revenue to the community, and provide many jobs.  The town can't thrive without them, so we have to learn to live with them.

I'll get off my soapbox now that I've let it all out. I can share the mountains with the Summer People for three months, knowing we can reclaim it back for the rest of the year.  The Invasion of the Summer People sounds like a "B" rated movie!


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Leaf Peepers

Hello Everyone,

Busy days here at Wilder's Last Resort.  I raked up all of my leaves and stitched them all together for my new "Leaf Peepers" pattern.  Borders will be the next order of business once I figure out what I'm going to do. 

The majority of the leaves are made with "October Morning" fabric by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics.  The setting squares are from Kim's "Wit and Wisdom" fabric line.  I have the leaf part of the pattern written which was the hardest part.  Now I have to finish the rest of it.

I'm am so ready for Fall.  I just want to put up the Christmas tree and write this year off.

More bears!  While we were eating lunch on the deck yesterday, Mazey sounded the bear alarm.  We looked over at our neighbor's cabin, and there was a bear right by their front door.  I didn't have my phone, so I don't have a picture of that one......which was a BIG one.   While we were eating dinner, the furry bear alarm went off again. I know I'm a good cook, but dinner didn't smell THAT good! I was ready this time, and had my phone with me when this little guy walked by.

The number of bears in our area has made a huge impact on my walking routine. Now we drive down to the track at the elementary school to get in our walk and Mazey's run.  We feel a bit safer there.

What is so surprising about the bears is they can sneak up on you.  For something so big, they are so quiet. Without Mazey, we probably wouldn't know they were around.  We have to walk up to our detached garage to get to our car.  I just might be housebound, social distancing, and sheltering in place forever!


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Crossing the Pond Journey

Hello Everyone,

Here's just a little teaser to show you a block from Crossing the Pond which I exported from the project in EQ8.

Here's that same block with the sashing added in EQ.  I've been in my sewing room making lots of quilting components and laying them on a block layout sheet.  This block contains 2 sizes of half square triangles, and Flying Geese.  Once I get a lot of components made and trimmed,  I sit back and play with the components to see what looks the best together.  Once I'm satisfied with my color combinations and placement, I'll stitch the block together.   The representation of the block in EQ, is a good indication of what the final block will look like.  Once I get it sewn together, I will show them side by side.

I have piles of components sitting on my cutting table.  The ceiling fan is right above the table.....needless to say, the components sometimes go sailing off the table onto the floor.

I'm working on the pattern writing a minimum of an hour a day so I don't have a huge, daunting chore upon completion of the quilt.

On a serious note, I cancelled my Sew'n Wild Oaks quilting retreat scheduled for August.  Snowflake Lodge hasn't been able to reopen yet, and they don't know when they will.  The Lodge was unable to accommodate my large group, and maintain the social distancing requirements mandated by the state.  I will miss seeing all of "my girls".  After I sent out the email, I received several calls and heartfelt responses about what the retreat means to them.

My October retreat is still hanging in the balance due to the spike of cases in California.  I guess we were all feeling a bit complacent about the virus.  We all want this virus to be in our rearview mirror, but it's not going to get there if we don't remain vigilant. 

I'll just sit in my sewing room and maintain my social distancing from everyone except Mazey and Mr. Joe.  I wish someone would inform the bears about distancing themselves!


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Journey to America

 Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was a red letter kind of day.  A box arrived from Marcus Fabrics containing the entire Journey to America fabric line by Judie Rothermel.  The line commemorates the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, and the beginning of the Plymouth Colony.  The collection was created in a collaboration with the Old Sturbridge Village Museum.

When I saw the fabric on the Marcus website, I downloaded all of the images and started working on a new design in EQ8 software.  I have a good working history with Marcus Fabrics, so I felt very comfortable sending them my new design.  

This fabric will be the backing.  Since my background is Geography and Cartography, this is right in my quilting wheelhouse.  I'm going to name my new design "Crossing the Pond".

This sweet little notecard was included in the box.  Such a nice, personal touch.

I can't comprehend the courage of those intrepid 102 Pilgrims who set sail aboard the Mayflower.  Only 53 survived the trip.  Just four of the 53 were adult women.

This is going to be a special quilt, dedicated to those brave souls on the Mayflower.  This quilt is going to be a journey for me, and I'm bringing all of you along for the voyage.  If you read between the lines, you know that means it's going to be intricate, and a quilt filled with lots of little quilting components.  There might be times that I get stuck in the doldrums, and other times when it's smooth sailing along the journey.

The ship set sail yesterday with the first cutting of the cloth.  I'll be working on it in between several other projects.  Wish me luck with time management, and may the wind fill my sails.

Bon voyage,

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Leaves are Falling

Hello Everyone,

Now here is a nice pile of leaves that I didn't mind raking!

I love the way the rake matches the turquoise in the leaves.  How do you like the new shingles on the wishing well?  Maybe it will start a trend.

Mazey is our little helper when we are out in the yard.  She also acts as our "bear" early warning system.  She barks and acts differently when the scent of bear is in the air.  We've learned to pay attention, and heed her warning signal.

I'll start sewing the blocks together today once I trim them to 5-1/2".  They are small, yet mighty in numbers when grouped together.  The fabric is called October Morning by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass & Co.

It's going to be a hot day up here in the mountains.  I open up the doors and windows early to encourage the cooler air to come inside and stay for awhile.  We are so lucky that it cools off at night, and makes for good sleeping.

We will fill up Mazey's pool for her today so she can splash around like a little kid. Maybe I'll join her.....then again maybe not.


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Raking Leaves

Hello Everyone,

I've been adding to my pile of leaves for my new Leaf Peeper quilt.

Now this is a pile of leaves that I wouldn't mind raking!  The fabric is October Morning by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass & Co.

Yet again, another visitor during dinner.  The bear walked up out of the woods and into our yard yesterday.  This is the second time this week we've been visited by a bear.  It was not afraid of us at all, but it didn't enjoy hearing Mazey's barking.

This bear is much darker than our usual cinnamon-colored bear.  Not 20 minutes before this one arrived, Mr. Joe and I were discussing the fact that there are so many vacationers, the bears have probably headed up to the high country.  We were both wrong.

Now if he or she had moved over two feet into the sunlight, this would have been a great picture.  After it headed back into the woods, it circled around and came back five minutes later.

As I sit here and write this post, three deer just strolled by.  Two out of the three were sporting quite a rack on them.  There are times when I feel as though we live in a game reserve.  We are always on the lookout for something with fur or hair moving across the lot.  We aren't afraid, but we are cautious.

Maybe I'll just stay indoors today and make more leaves.

Game Warden Lynn

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Leaf Peepers

Hello Everyone,

Are you wondering where I've been for the past week?  Well, I've been getting ready to spend some time with friends, while taking a quilting break.  It gets pretty intense during my Madam Ambassador months for Henry Glass & Co., and I need a few days to step back from the computer and the sewing machine.

But then I couldn't help myself when my fabric order arrived from In Between Stitches.  The fabric line is called, "October Morning" by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass & Co. This line is going to go fast!

The setting squares are from a different Kim Diehl line.  It gives this quilt a real homespun look.

I think this is going to make a nice quilt to wrap myself up in this Fall, on the couch with a good book, during a rainstorm in front of the fire.

Since I have Fall and Christmas on the brain, I just wanted to let you know that In Between Stitches in Livermore, CA is making more Christmas Ribbons kits.  Cloth and Quilts in Hilmar, CA has just a few kits left.  Once the fabric is gone.....that's it folks!

I forgot to let you know my Country Courthouse quilt arrived safely in France for her QuiltMania photo shoot.  She didn't do any extra sightseeing along the way.  She went directly to where she needed to be.

More time with friends today.  I'm sure the Social Distancing Police aren't happy with me right now.  Personally, I don't care!


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Mountain Musings

Hello Everyone,

My time at the long arm is over!  Christmas Ribbons is now quilted and I'm working on the binding.

I absolutely love the curved cross-hatching rulers that I bought from Linda, at The Quilted Pineapple. They are going to add a whole new dimension to my machine quilting.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with them.

The little pebbles took me a long, long time to quilt.

Now on another note.  Early last evening we took Mazey for her walk.  We stopped at our next door neighbors on our way home for a glass of wine and conversation.  Adele looked over at our cabin and saw Simone the Cinnamon Bear.  Adele grabbed her phone and started taking pictures.

We watched Simone drag herself up about 12 feet to get to the deck, and the bird feeder.  She looked like me when I try to hoist myself up and out of the pool! I could feel her pain.  I guess we could have told her to walk around to the end of the deck and take the stairs.  But we don't want to make this too easy for her.  (That blue thing in the picture is Mazey's wading pool/bathtub.)

Simone walked around on the deck and looked in the kitchen and dining room windows.  Mazey was with us on the deck, and we were so surprised that she didn't bark very much.  She seemed to be just as intrigued as we all were.  Simone knew we were there, and wasn't at all concerned with us.

She then prepared for her dismount. Doesn't she look like a little kid dressed in a bear suit?  She is pretty small to be on her own and fending for herself.

We had to give her low marks as she used a tree to help with the dismount.  She just latched her claws into the tree and shimmied down.

Then she scampered off into the forest.

Let me tell you, it wasn't a quiet walk back to our cabin in the dark.  We sang, and made a lot of noise just in case she was still around.  Hearing Mr. Joe sing would send anyone running!


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Machine Quilting

Hello Everyone,

I'm almost done with machine quilting Christmas Ribbons. I'm down to the bottom row, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm quilting circles in each of the 36 sashing areas.  The circles are taking me FOREVER!  After quilting for several hours, I'm seeing polka dots before my eyes.  I can't wait to get this quilt off of the frame so I can see the overall look.  The throat space on my long arm is only 16", so I'm constantly rolling the quilt back and forth to quilt an entire block.  The 10" block is on point, so that takes up much more room in the quilting area.

I've been at the machine for only about four hours a day.  During the rest of the time, I'm pattern writing or piecing, or doing all of the daily chores around the house, filling Etsy orders, and working on accounting.  There is always something that needs to be done.

Today, I really need to spend some time cleaning my sewing room.  Overtime, it just gets to be so unorganized that I can't stand it.  I'm at that point where I need to stop creating, and start cleaning, so I can continue to create in a more organized environment.  So, if I don't get this quilt finished soon, it means that I have a very tidy sewing room.