Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shirttails Day in Delta Junction, AK!

I’m going to miss these ladies!

There were 4 years in between my last visit and this one, and it is likely to be the same kind of distance in between!  When I open up my calendar for bookings for 2019 I hope to see them on it! 

We had such a great time, and Summer in Alaska can be really wonderful.

It was pushing 90 degrees yesterday.  It will be doing the same up here in Fairbanks.

Funny to think that just a few days ago I was freezing my tookass off on Kenai Fjords tour with down jacket and hand and all – and here I didn’t bring things that are cool enough.

I’m dying for a pair of sandals!

I’d be shopping for some today if it weren’t a double duty day in store with a workshop today and a lecture tonight in Fairbanks.

Yesterday’s workshop is one of my favorites, but one that doesn’t come around as often as it is from my first book, Scraps & Shirttails!  It’s a 3 block medallion, mine made with recycled fabrics, and we use the Easy Angle ruler with several different strip widths for half square triangles that finish at 1.5”, 2”, 3” and 4.5”.  This is why I love a tool that will do more than one thing!


Our Project!  Shirttails, the flagship quilt from my book, giving the book its name!


Union square blocks!


Jacob’s Ladder blocks and Rosebud blocks!

All play nicely together to make a very rustic sofa sized snuggle quilt with loads of vintage appeal!


Such fun blocks! 

This one was made completely by cutting different sizes of triangles with the Easy Angle Ruler!

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Shirttails, Delta Junction, AK 2015

After a yummy dinner of moose sausage and ice cream with our hosts, Lonnie and Jay Miller ((Yes, they spoiled us rotten and their B&B in Delta Junction, Hillcrest, is not to be missed!)) We headed back through the evening sun to Fairbanks where I’ll be giving two more days of workshops along with the lecture tonight.

Even though it was 10pm, I felt like taking a walk around the square down town!


That’s a 10pm sun behind the statue!


My 10pm Shadow waving back at you!


A magnificent 10pm skyline along the river.

It’s going to be a great couple of days here in Fairbanks and I can’t wait to meet new friends in class this morning!

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Valerie said...

LOVE seeing shorts and bare feet only a couple days after you were bundled up in a down jacket!! Looks like those ladies had a great time. I am sure enjoying your Alaska trip. Safe travels, Bonnie. (Would like more info about that double pin cushion I spied...)

Julie Vernon said...

Once more...smiling faces, great quilt blocks and plenty of inspiration!
Someone might have a terrible time trying to date your 3m motif quilt! Sure has that 'somewhere in another era" look ---that I love to pieces.

Have fun, soak up all of the love and atmosphere of Alaska.... you deserve it all.

Smiles, JulieinTN

BonnieE said...

How great to be in Alaska! And what a beautiful quilt you all are working on. I am going to have to buy that book!

Christine Plesh said...

Hello Bonnie,
Sounds like you are having a good time. I just love your Rosebud Block. Do you use it in any of your other quilts?

Lois M. said...

That last photo of the church across the river is just beautiful. You are a great photographer, Bonnie. Who else would think to photograph your own shadow on purpose?
I think it shows that your creative mind is always working. Have fun.

Leaves Ongrass said...

I love your shadow photo! Never seen a shadow so long in the lower 48!