I said a few days ago that I would take pictures of the absolutely FINISHED Emilie Elizabeth quilt.
It is so hard to get good pictures to showcase the quilt and the quilting. You'll just have to go to Pacific International Quilt Festival this week and Houston Quilt Market in two weeks to see this one in person. It is now, officially checked off my to-do list!
To celebrate my quilting freedom, Mr. Joe and I headed out for our annual trek over Ebbetts Pass through and over the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This road is not for the faint of heart. The narrow road threads itself along steep cliffs from California to Nevada. I don't know how anyone could have made this trip in a covered wagon! I would have gotten out and walked the whole way. Last year when British Quilt Sue was here for a visit, we drove her over this road.....what a trooper! She never screamed once. You know those Brits and their stiff upper lips! How odd it must have been for her to be sitting on the passenger side of the car, totally out of control of the steering wheel, peering over the side of the cliffs. I think she has fully recovered from the ordeal and we remain good friends!
The weather people are forecasting snow this week. That means all of the beautiful leaves will be gone and the pass with close for the season.
The weather was perfect yesterday. Crystal blue sky showcased the quaking aspens. I think they should be called quivering aspens instead. They are probably quivering because they are afraid of falling over the cliffs!
Pincushion update. I received many personal emails about the pincushions. I began mine with an 8" circle not a 6" circle as the Fiskars directions suggest. I stuffed mine with ground walnut shells and a touch of "fresh linen" potpourri. Mr. Joe thinks the cabin stinks! He would much prefer smelling the crisp mountain air than potpourri.....I'm in agreement with him on this. Filling the pincushions is a two person operation. One holds the funnel and the pincushion, while the other one fills up the funnel while inhaling potpourri. I just used a teaspoon of the stuff and we overdosed on "fresh linen." Each of these little guys hold almost four cups of crushed walnuts. They have some weight to them. I like using the crushed walnuts to keep the pins sharp.
Stay tuned for my busy week ahead. I'll be posting pictures from the huge quilt show. I have to get out my good walking shoes and brave the crowds for my outing on Thursday. Make it a good week for yourself. Everyday can be a good day if WE make it so. All of the great days turn into good weeks and happy memories.
P.S. GO GIANTS!!!