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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Boxy Stars in Amherst NY,

Back on the quilt train after yesterday's arrival and day of catch up rest!

My gals are busy with their 2.5" strips and are well on their way with block quarters and should have full blocks to show shortly.

We are just breaking for a yummy catered lunch, some show and tell, some door prizes and will be back to our classes at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village where this week's events are taking place.
Love from NY

Totems around Town, Ketchikan, AK!

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You can’t go to Ketchikan and not see the totems!

The are an integral part of the history of the Tlingit people who first founded this area, living in a land “that has always been”.

Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from large trees, mostly Western Red Cedar, by cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America.

You’d see them here, and there, and sometimes just rotting on the side of a parking lot – the lore goes, when totem pole has lived its life, it is allowed to be absorbed back into the earth.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What Time is it, Really??

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This was the view from the little knoll outside of the Ketchikan airport ---

After being dropped off and checked in, and finding my flight had been delayed an hour and a half – did I really want to go through security and stay inside looking out at this beautiful day?  NO!

There are some picnic tables out here where you can sit and enjoy the view of float plans coming in and going out from this dock -

I stayed out here for quite a while and read --too breezy for hexies, I didn't want pieces flying all over.

I did mention that the airport is on a separate island, didn’t I?  And that you get there by ferry?

Galaxy-Gram! Redeye from Seattle!

There was a kerfuffle this afternoon on whether I would make my redeye flight from Seattle to Atlanta, my flight was late leaving Ketchikan!

I'm happy to report that I made it barely with only minutes to spare.
See this tired face?  Oh yes, it's the glamor life all right!

When I land in Atlanta I'll have just enough time to make it to my Buffalo flight so I'm sending this up to share with you what we got up to today!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scenes from Bugge’s Beach, Ketchikan AK

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After our workshop on Saturday ---as evening quickly approached, I was hijacked ((willingly of course)) for a scenic drive  along the south side of Ketchikan, in search of eagles, bears, totems and scenery – LOTS Of scenery!

Hurry!  Must capture photos before the sun has gone down too far ----

Eagle nests were spotted….fish were seen jumping as those eagles flew overhead –not a bear in sight.

I’m okay with that!

Pineapples Blossoming All Day Long!

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My ladies worked so hard yesterday!  Many of them have taken two or more classes with me this week --- brave souls to have more than one Quiltville UFO going at once!

We really had a great time.

I love hearing the stories on where the fabric came from, who this quilt was for, or why these color choices were made.

One quilter was making memory quilts out of the stash of a friend who had passed a few years prior ---including her house dresses in the blocks along with her fabric.  Lots of memories there, happy, sad, sweet and poignant.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Pineapple Blossom Abundance!

It's our last day of workshops in Ketchikan Alaska.   Have had such a great time this week with these ladies!

They are busy sewing up pineapple blossom blocks and energy levels are high!

Sure wish you were here sewing along with us, I'm sure you'd fit right in!

Class Day in Ketchikan–Cathedral Stars!

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SEW MUCH FUN!

It’s really nice to spend time long enough in one place that I get to know the ladies….even more than the fabric, the notions, the machines, the quilts ---it’s all about RELATIONSHIPS and I firmly believe the relationships we form with other quilters are the longest lasting and deepest meaning of all.

They “get” us!  Other quilters “understand” us!

They also ENABLE us!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Ketchikan Workshop Day 2!

Stitching away on a sun-shiny September day!

My ladies have been uber productive in our Cathedral Stars workshop--alternate blocks are coming together!

We will be breaking for lunch shortly and back together for more fun with tri recs tools!

Doesn't it look like we are having quite the party?

Turn the Jimmy Buffet up loud!  We are singing along as we sew!