Monday, June 21, 2021

Late For A Funeral

Hello Everyone,

It's been a whirlwind of activity here at Wilder's Last Resort.  Last week, as we were heading out of the front door to attend a funeral, we saw this bear in our lot, enjoying the appetizers in the neighbor's non-bear-proof garbage cans. Needless to say, we were late for the funeral since we weren't taking one step outside the cabin.  Much to our chagrin, we learned that our air horn had absolutely no impact on this bear.  The horn from a car passing by didn't make an impression either. I guess the bear figured out we were all bark and no bite. I think it's time for a bear blaster, a non-lethal bear management tool.

I like this photo as it shows you the size of the bear compared to the propane tank.  It's a big bear folks.....maybe it's full of gas 😁.  I'm making light of this very serious situation.  The bears lived here first, and we have to learn to live with them, and always be on alert.  

My friend sent me this sort of tongue in cheek warning from the National Park Service.  Our bears are black bears, not Grizzly bears.  I have heard the bears huff and woof when I got too close, even when I didn't know they were there.  It's a bit disconcerting!  Luckily I was right by my own front door when this happened last year.

If a bear clacks its teeth, sticks out its lips, huffs, woofs, or slaps the ground with its paws, it is warning you that you are too close and are making it nervous. The bear’s nervous? Heed this warning and slowly back away. ⁣What else should you do or not do if you come across a bear in Yellowstone?
🐻 Do not immediately drop to the ground and “play dead.” Bears can sense overacting.⁣
🐻 Do not run, shout, or make sudden movements. ⁣
🐻 Do not run up and push the bear and do not push a slower friend down…even if you feel the friendship has run its course.⁣
🐻 Running may trigger a chase response in the bear and you can't outrun a bear. Bears in Yellowstone chase down elk calves all the time. You do not want to look like a slow elk calf. (Apologies to the elk calf.)⁣
🐻 Slowly putting distance between yourself and the bear may defuse the situation. ⁣
🐻 Draw your bear spray from the holster, remove the safety tab, and prepare to use it if the bear charges.⁣
🐻 In most cases, climbing a tree is a poor decision. Bears can climb trees (especially if there is something up the tree that the bear wants). Also, when was the last time you climbed a tree?⁣
🐻 Running to a tree or frantically climbing a tree may provoke a bear to chase you. If the friend you pushed down somehow made it up a tree and is now extending you a hand, there’s a good chance you’re not getting up that tree. Karma’s a bear. ⁣

Here is a new sign I found last week on our way back from the funeral.  I would say it was perfect timing.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

BOM Sneak Peeks

Hello Everyone,

Just a couple of sneak peeks of my new block of the month for Marcus Fabrics.  The program will roll out in January of 2022. I spent about 60 hours machine quilting her. Either I'm really slow, or the quilting is intense.

I LOVE this border fabric!  The fabric is called Return to Elegance by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.  Lucky me, to have the opportunity to work with this fabric line.

The quilt measure 99" x 99" and will be a 10-month program.  I named my quilt, A Ribbon Runs Through It.  So you know there's going to be a ribbon somewhere in the quilt.

More sneaks peaks to come.



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Busy Days Past and Future

 Hello Everyone,

This post is totally rated family friendly.....all good times spent with family over the past week. This is our grandson Jess, a great kid, and baseball player.  He didn't know we were coming to town to watch him play.  It was so heartwarming to have him run out of the dugout to give us hugs.

We went to Livermore for the weekend and watched Jess' team play in the TOC finals.  They won the whole sheebang! He played catcher, and 3rd base.  The coach put him in as pitcher in the last inning of the first game.  Three up three down, and we were on our way to the finals.

Jess is in his red catchers gear, and our son, the assistant coach, is standing behind him.

That same weekend was senior prom for our two granddaughters.....the ladies in red.  I spent an hour and a half repairing one of the dresses.  One of the straps was falling off and the other was hanging by a thread.  The girls are pictured here with their friends from FFA.  (Future Farmers of America).

One of the FFA moms surprised the kids with their names on the marquee at the cinema downtown.  The FFA kids really do aspire to inspire.

And yes, we had another bear on our deck.  We were just getting ready to sit down for breakfast when this one came right up the stairs and left the same way.  The bird feeders have been gone for weeks, but they still have to check and see.  The neighbors had a big bear get into their garbage last week.  They soon learned their non-bear-proof receptacle is unacceptable. I never go out for a walk without the air horn in my pocket.  Over the weekend, we heard the siren go off at the lake to clear the bears, and warn the swimmers, and picnikers.  Several years ago during the drought, bears moved into our area and never left.  They multiplied like rabbits, and now we see have an over abundance of them. We are in a drought situation again this year.  Will this never end?

We have a busy week ahead with Jess' 8th grade graduation, and Emily and Kinsey's high school graduation.  The party is at our house in the Bay Area.  At least there, we don't have to worry about a bear crashing the party!

A Ribbon Runs Through It is on her way for a photoshoot at Marcus Fabric headquarters in New York City.  The label was the last thing that needed to be done.  I felt like I was sending my first born child off to summer camp.  I'm sure she will have a wonderful time at headquarters.  Maybe she can attend a Broadway show, see the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty in her travels.  I won't see her again for months, as she will most likely be in the Marcus booth at Quilt Market in Houston in October.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Return to Elegance

 Hello Everyone,

I've been waiting for this day to arrive for months.  I finally get to reveal the newest line designed by Judie Rothermel from Marcus Fabrics.  This is what filled my sewing room, and my thought process for the several months.

The name of the line is Return to Elegance.  And yes, it is very elegant.

This really is a tease since I can't show the entire quilt until July.  I'll shoot for a July 4th quilt posting of the whole quilt, and nothing but the quilt, complete with fireworks. The name of my quilt is, A Ribbon Runs Through It.  It will be a 10-month Block of the Month offered by quilt shops for Marcus Fabrics.

The program will roll out in January 2022.  Marcus Fabrics offer an excellent program with great attention to detail from their staff of BOM experts.  I've learned so much about the inner workings of a BOM program.  This process started months ago, and they've educated me to their process every step of the way.

Today I'm going to put on the quilt label, and then I'll pack up this beauty and ship it off to New York City for a photo shoot.  You know this always makes me a bit nervous when I put one of my quilts in the mail.  So far, I've shipped all of my quilts via FedEx, and they've arrived safely, and quickly to their destination.

I am so thankful, and appreciate the good people at Marcus Fabrics for trusting me with the task of designing a BOM for them.  It has been a wonderful experience working with them.



Monday, May 31, 2021

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Sunshine at the End of the Tunnel

 Hello Everyone,

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I change the quilts on my front porch often.  This is my Heartfire design that has been on the porch for a couple of months.

I change the quilts with the seasons, and just about all of the quilts have been on display at sometime in their life. Every Fall, October Magic is on display.

I also put unfinished quilts outside just to see how they look.  This is Leaf Peepers.  I love to have the quilts outside to greet our guests as they arrive.  It makes for a warm welcome to the cabin.

This is Heartfire now......
This is beyond repair.

This is the Chickaree that ate my quilt!  Now I won't know for sure if this is the culprit until the results of the dental records are confirmed.  No, no, no I wouldn't hurt a hair on his little pointed head, but I am mad at him.  I buy special feed for the Chickaree's, and enjoy watching their antics.  In the fall, I have been known to put out scraps of wool batting for them to make their nests more comfortable during the long winter months.  Perhaps they now have an appetite for wool batting, so it's my own fault.

So the question is.....what do I do now?  I may hang a little sachet of moth balls by the quilt on display.  We put them around the cabin to discourage skunks and it works.  If I put them on the front porch, our guests will think they are entering my Grandmother's closet!

I'll keep you posted as to what I'm going to do.  

Now to get you current on what I've been up to over the past two weeks.  I've been machine quilting the BOM quilt for Marcus Fabrics.  Sixty hours of custom machine quilting to be exact.  My friend Anne stopped by the other day and I showed her the quilt on the longarm.  I said there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  She said a light at the end of the tunnel just might be a freight train bearing down at a rapid clip!  Now that the quilt is off the longarm, and the binding is almost finished, I'm feeling that there is sunshine at the end of the tunnel.  The train has left the station and is gone!  I'm breathing a sigh of relief.

Next week, I've been given the go ahead to show you little sneak peeks of the quilt, and the gorgeous fabrics. By July, I've been given clearance to show you the full Monty!  

The other morning when I was working at the computer on the BOM, this bear stopped by to see me and get a peak at the design. I was inside watching from the dining room table. Luckily, my phone was right by the computer and I had the presence of mind to get a picture.  My heart was doing the Indianapolis 500 in my chest, and I was surprised this was in focus.  Quite often during nice weather, I will take my computer out on the deck and work.  I'll make sure to have my trusty bear-sniffing dog at my side every minute to warn me, and scare it away.

This is the last week of peace and quiet in the mountains.  The Summer People will descend upon us this Memorial Day weekend..  The shelves at the grocery store will be emptied, and the two gas stations will run out of gas.  The solitude of the mountains will not return until September. Sigh.......


Monday, May 10, 2021

Extra! Extra! Read All About It

 Hello Everyone,

The latest edition of QUILTmania is out, and I feel so honored to have my Crossing the Pond quilt featured in their magazine.  

I love the way they choose to photograph my quilt.  The ship on the nightstand is a very special touch, adding so much interest. The fabric line is called Journey to America by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.  Click HERE, and you will go to Judie Rothermel's online shop.

I absolutely love the quilt on the cover of the magazine.  Click HERE for a link to QUILTmania.  This edition has many, many beautiful quilts included.  It is real eye candy, and is fun to read cover to cover.  The magazine also includes the directions for the featured quilts.

We treated ourselves to a picnic lunch at Lake Alpine yesterday.  It was a beautiful day to be outside, soaking up the sun, the beauty, and solitude of the lake.  We were quite alarmed at the low level of the lake.  Yes, there is still snow around, but we would be surprised if the snow melt is enough to raise the level of the lake a measurable amount.  The lake level is what we usually see in August.....not May.

Talk about tenacity, these trees are growing out of this huge boulder.  How do they get their nourishment?  How can their root system hold on for dear life during the hard winter up at this high elevation?  It's a mystery.

Where we go, Mazey goes.  She loved watching the ducks float by, and the birds flying overhead.  She's an outdoor girl like her mom.

It's back to work for me today on the BOM for Marcus Fabrics.  The borders are on, the backing is made, and I need to load it on my long arm.  I will do minimal marking on it today for my machine quilting.  I think I know what I'm going to do, but I may change my mind when it goes under the needle.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day

Hello Everyone,

May you all have a wonderful day!

I think we are going to head up to the high country and go for a hike at Lake Alpine.  There's nothing like fresh mountain air, and beautiful vistas to make us appreciate where we live.

I hope you all have a wonderful day doing what you enjoy.



Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mini Quilt Show

 Hello Everyone,

I get a huge smile on my face when quilters send me pictures of what they've created from my patterns.  My friend Lynnette, sent me this picture of her gorgeous Grammy Squares quilt.

Lynette added her own special touches in each of the corners.  This also showcases the excellent quilting by Dianne Schweickert.

I love the little bird.

This is a picture of Lynnette with her award-winning bikini that she made and presented to me.  She said she was tired of making the blocks, and needed to do something fun, so she made me a Grammy Squares Bikini!  I love her sense of humor.  I also laughed at the fact that I would need about twenty of the blocks to go around me!  Mr. Joe visibly cringed when he thought about me wearing this.  It is going to stay on the dummy, and I don't mean me!

Yesterday, I received a question about a pattern order from Sherrie, the owner of  Painted Pony 'n Quilts in La Porte, TX.  She made Country Courthouse after she saw it in QuiltMania magazine.  The quilt is now on display in her shop, and I asked her if she could send me a picture.  Her quilt is gorgeous!

Both of the quilts that I'm showing you today are an excellent use of your scraps.  You can mix, match and throw just about everything in the mix.  I always tell my quilters not to stress when making a scrap quilt.  Use it all, and they work beautifully together. 

News on the BEAR front.  Another bear strolled by during breakfast the other day.  My sister and our friend Paula were here to see it. This bear was a little shy about having a picture taken, but let me tell you that it was big, it was golden, and it was in our yard.  Note to self:  Don't forget to take the airhorn when I go out for my walks. 

Now, news on the BOM front.  The blocks are almost all sew together and it is really starting to look like something.  I'll finish up the rows today, and start on the borders tomorrow.  Then I'll make the backing and get this quilt loaded on my longarm.  I've decided my least favorite part of quilting is stitching the rows together.  It takes me an eternity!   My second least favorite thing of quilting is loading the quilt on the longarm.  That takes me an eternity also.

Let's hum a few bars of....If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.  Sorry for the earworm, but it's what I will be humming today.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Crossing the Pond is Home

 Hello Everyone,

Just a quick post today.  I'm off to my sister's cabin for a mini-retreat with a couple of friends.  I just wanted to tell you that my Crossing the Pond quilt arrived back from France.  She was photographed for the May/June edition of QuiltMania magazine.  It is always such a relief when the quilts arrive safely to and from their destination.

The fabric is called Journey to America by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.  The fabric is available at Judie's online store Fabric Designer Judie Rothermel, Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe  Judie also carries my pattern.  The patterns for all four of the quilts are available in my Etsy shop.

It was fun to hang some bright, Spring-looking quilts.

The quilt hanging over the bed is Country Romance.  The one on the wall is The House on Edgewood Lane.  The quilt on the bench is Spoken For.

It's heads down and full steam ahead with my secret sewing for Marcus Fabric BOM quilt.  There's a light at the end of the quilting tunnel.