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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sewing and Road Hiking!


I DID spend some time working with the "extras" over the weekend!

It meant I had to make a few extra blocks, but Lola has approved of the table runner that is now next up in the quilting queue.

All of these blues bring out the green of her eyes, don't you think?

Borders have been added - I've even pieced a backing.

I just need TIME  and that is something that is escaping me this week.

Quilting may happen this weekend.


This happened on Monday -

The first road hike of the 2021 walking season.

Temps were trying so hard to push up to 60 - and that sunshine ALMOST made it warm.  The biggest push was that the biting wind had died down, and I was just dying for a good long leg stretch and to see what was going on down on Round House Road.

These icicles sat where the sun doesn't quite reach.  I'm wondering how long they'll be able to stay frozen as we move closer into spring.


The Round House still stands.

Things are starting to green up just a bit.  I am hopeful we will see more progress on the restoration of this beautiful and unique landmark.


Can you feel the peace?

Truth be told - this road was the busiest I have EVER seen it in my 4 years of living in Mouth of Wilson.  Logging tucks.  Earth movers. Tractor trailers. Pickup trucks.  There was something going on up ahead, but I wasn't sure what yet.

Click to Play (And sound on!)


The best sound ever!

As I am panning up, you'll see my favorite tree of this hike - the one growing straight out of the rock that has been carved out at the bottom by the running of the water.

How long has this tree held firm to the rock?  How long has this little stream been running down its path toward the New River just down the hill?


The old cottage still stands - but barely!


The Halsey House -

As I was walking, I thought how wonderful that fence would look with a quilt draped over it for photography - I'm in search of some new photo spots.  I may just have to try this one.

IGquiltfest Day 9 (yesterday) was a question on heirlooms.


Do you have quilts you cherish as heirlooms?  When you are making a quilt, do you consider (or plan on it) being thought of as an heirloom for future generations?

While there is no guarantee that any of our well loved and used quilts will last several generations (I hope they are loved and used to shreds!) I like the idea that after I am gone, some quilts may remain.

Just as a seed is not a plant, and we have hope that it will be one - some day, I think we all have a desire to make something that will outlast us and we will be remembered by those who still hold the work of our hands.

Just something to think about!

Today will be spent deep in mail order land - shipping out as many of the orders that came in yesterday for my new Quilter’s Tech Set as shared in Yesterday's Post!

I am overwhelmed with the positive response!  Thank you!

How will you be spending your Wednesday ahead?


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

And I'm not lying! Lol! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday - get out there and get some steps in if you can!



 

32 comments:

  1. Today is Vaccine day. J&J one and done!

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    1. I got mine yesterday. Have been waiting for the J & J for a one shot deal. Of all places WalMart had just got them in and weren't booked. Yeah!!!

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    2. My husband and I got our second one this morning. Feeling great so far & hopeful for no side effects tomorrow. We have 50-60 mile an hour winds today with a high of 79 degrees. Tonight dropping back into 40's with rain the next several days. So I got out for a beautiful walk today even though I just about blew away.

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    3. I got my first shot yesterday! Yay! Flathead County here in MT just opened up the 60+ group for vaccines. I already have an appointment for #2 on March 31. Ah, the smell of freedom coming soon! And, the sun is shining so a friend (who is in my "bubble") and I will be hiking 4 miles this morning. Happy Quilting everyone!

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  2. It is my hope that some of my better made, prettier quilts do survive me and are treasured. I am afraid though that it will be my ugliest, problematic quilts that will survive and will be what future generations will use to represent me.

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  3. I started quilting making baby quilts for family and coworkers. I always tried to make sure that the recipient knew that the quilt was to be USED. It warmed my heart to hear later that it was the child's favorite, dragged everywhere, many times washed, and finally stored away, tattered and outgrown.

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    1. I feel the same way.

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    2. I know some of mine were put on a shelf 😢, I don’t know if they still have them or not and I won’t ask. Theses were all hand quilted also.

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  4. I always wash a quilt before giving it to a new mom or newly married couple so they know it isn't so "precious that it needs to be kept for a keepsake. That way they know it is safe to use and wash again when needed. As I say, if you wear it out, I can make another. The joy I get from the making and gifting is the best part of quilting.

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  5. While visiting, my sons sweetie reached for my scizzors to cut a package of chips open and my son yelled, NO, like it was on fire. He is in his 50s and still has the fear in him from days gone by. Don't touch mom's scissors. the poor girl looked like someone had lit her dress on fire. LOL

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    1. That boy was well trained. I always made sure MY SCISSORS were hot pink hands or Hot pink fabric tied to them so my boys knew which ones they could not touch.

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    2. Yes on the scissors. My kids are 44 and 43 and they still know that rule! Older grands have learned it too!

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    1. I absolutely agree. Everyone in the family is terrified of my scissors.

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  7. My son says when I die he is going to go around and gather all my quilts I have made and given away. LOL

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  8. Silvery Rills in that beautiful brook!! I've gotten a couple of quilts back from D#1 that need repairs, including two she got as a baby (she still loves to sleep with one of them!!!). D#2 took a quilt with her on deployment to the Middle East. I love that they use them!! I have about 10 quilts that were made by my great grandmother (I think, she didn't label them), two are double wedding ring quilts, one I haven't figured out the pattern and some are just feed sacks sewn together with a wool blanket as batting (they need some repair so I know what's inside!). I used to use one of the wedding ring quilts and need to replace the deep pink binding!

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  9. It is in the 30s to low 40s where I live. There's a snow storm warning for tomorrow afternoon. Today will be spent gathering the information for my company's taxes which are due on March 15th. I guess I will be filing an extension this year. The "new" quilt looks fabulous on the antique header and footer!

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  10. I have made both my adult children quilts and they both are wearing out. My daughter's was a whole cloth that I made for her wedding 23 years ago and I had to do some creative cutting as she has worn it out so badly and my son's is about 15 years old and he showed me last week how the border is all worn and the batting looks all shredded. Both were made entirely from quilt store fabric and hand quilted. It bothers me to a certain extent that the fabric has worn so poorly but it makes me feel good that they both love them so much that they are worn. Neither one wants a replacement but wants the current one fixed. The whole cloth I cut the bad pieces off which luckily were mostly around the edges and rebound with what I cut off, some of the center I was able to repair. She now uses it as decoration when she has company over the chair.

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  11. Working on a QOV getting ready to put it on frame.

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  12. I love that creek. It looks like water coming down off that rock face behind the trees. I getting ready to go out for a walk in the sun. It's about 70 here.

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  13. I have 2 heirloom quilts, the quilt that my granddad took with him as a young man into the Marines and a quilt that my great aunt made in the 1950's - a grandmother's flower garden hand stitched and quilted that I've slept under for 50+ years. I want my quilts that are given to be used and loved.

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  14. Thank you for a good laugh. I love your quote of the day!

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  15. This is one of my favorite sayings! I pinned it to my wall in my quilt room last time you used it. Don’t have too much trouble with that around our house...the hubby is an upholsterer, so his scissors cost a lot more than my sewing scissors. He respects that. Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful scenery. Now you got me curious as to what was happening up ahead...🤔. Hopefully you will share that soon. Have a wonderful day!

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  16. Oh, there is nothing better than a babbling brook!! I am so happy for you that you got to go on a long-awaited walk. You live in such a beautiful area. I can't wait to see your table runner once it is done. Hopefully there will be more walks for you in the future. As for me, I got a whole pile of blues in the mail that I need to figure out what to do with!! A day and a half longer and then I get a week off to figure that one out, as well as do some quilting of my own on the longarm. Have a great evening!

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  17. It was a good day to be outside until the Wind started. I had to don a bigger jacket for our Walk tonight. I do hope that the Quilts I make are Heirlooms to my family. I know I treasure the few I have made by my Mom and Grandma. The Double Wedding Ring is 45 years old now. It was made for our Wedding. I put it on our bed for our Anniversary every year. Thanks for sharing your walk, that stream does make me feel peace.

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  18. Of all the quilts I have made to be used, worn and loved, I hope two are passed on to future generations: The Army quilt I made in remembrance of my husband, dad, father-in-law and grandfather; and a memory quilt I made for my mother-in-laws 90th birthday with all kinds of personal information in the form of appliqued blocks, a family tree, a crossword puzzle of people and events in her life etc.

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  19. Cuando hago un edredón, siempre pienso en la persona a quien está destinado y deseo que lo mantenga durante años. Le pongo amor para que éste este allí a lo largo de los años. De todos los que he regalado todos ellos son apreciados, si alguno no lo es, el amor que le puse se perderá. Es lo normal. Un abrazo a todas. y a seguir.

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  20. I always tell the recipients of my quilts to use them hard so I have an excuse to give them another one. I don't want them folded in a drawer, wrappedd in tissue paper!

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  21. I have an antique quilt that I truly treasure. My great grandmother hand pieced a double wedding ring for my mother's 10th birthday in 1934. She died and it was never quilted. In 1987 my mother gave the quilt top to me for Christmas as I had just started quilting. I spent a year hand mending it, then a year hand quilting it. Christmas 1989 I gave it back to Mom (she cried). Mom passed away in 2010 and the quilt has once again come to me. I have it displayed on a special cherrywood quilt rack my husband built. It is my treasure in pinks, oranges, white background, and every other color of clothing fabric you can think of in the rings.
    I love to read all the comments your followers post. It makes my day. Thanks for your positivity and all your good work.

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  22. A beautiful walk! I have a few of my Mom’s scrap quilts.

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  23. My dad's quilt was passed on to me, because I quilt I suppose. (Sometimes a quilting hobby has benefits) His grandmother made a quilt for each of her grandchildren. Dad and his parents were smokers so Dad's quilt has some burn holes but otherwise is in good condition. I treasure it nonetheless.

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