Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marcottes go west (pt 1)

This post will probably be heavy on the pictures and light on everything else. For some reason we can't seem to grasp the concept of having all the time in the world. We just keep pushing ourselves to see and do more every day. It's the old idea that the fun will end soon and life will go back to normal. 

So here are some of the highlights of the last few days. At least we've been enjoying ourselves.

This guy has an entire prairie and chooses to visit us. 
The look on Richard's face as he watched the bull bison amble 
within arm's reach shows how honored we were. 

Just as wild, just as close...not as scary!
And speaking of prairie...

When you leave the prairie behind, you may find yourself in a place called the Badlands. Heavens, this place is terrifying. I cannot describe the heights and depths of these hills of rock. 

I was standing right in the little dip in the bottom of the picture.
Later I had a panic attack: we drove too close to the edge.
Have to get somewhere quick?
You have to wait your turn for the one-lane tunnel.
I took the tunnel picture through the windshield. Richard does not stop every time I ask. And when he does, he may pass up the view before getting the truck off the road and stopped. I just start clicking when I see something. (And I wonder why my pictures look "so real.")

No matter all that, I'm happy that we're not living
in this little prairie sod house with dirt walls and floor.
Although I admit, I loved every minute of exploring it.

More to come how soon depends on the wifi / phone connection that's available. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: little rosary finishes

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: little rosary finishes

little rosary finishes

As many of you already know, Richard and I are traveling through Nebraska and the Dakotas. Today was a rest day. We can handle three to four days of the road. Then someone gets cranky. Cranky leads to words. Words lead to...

Well, let's just say we've been married long enough to know our limits and respect them.

 I haven't had much time for sewing except the bit of handwork I can do on smooth roads. Want to know how deplorable the infrastructure is? Pick up a needle at 60+ mph. Ouch!

 Today we slept late, had a little brunch, piddled.  Then I pulled out the Bernina and played. I've wanted to make a couple of rosary purses for friends at our church. Today I got started. 

What do you think? They are quilted small! For perspective I left a long quilting pin in each. Those zippers are about three inches long. And yes, the odd shaped one is big enough. In fact they hold my biggest rosary. 

For my non-Catholic readers, a rosary is simply prayer beads used to keep track of a set of prayers or a novina. Oftentimes we pray for deceased loved ones using a rosary.

I'll leave you with a picture or two of the river next to our campsite, the Middle Loup River.

Linking up with:
Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts
        Myra at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, July 13, 2017

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

I can't post photos of the quilts in the special exhibits because of copyright laws. These I think are okay. Let's hope anyway.
I'm posting with my phone so no edits or explanations.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Going, going, gone!

Written on 7/10/2017

And we’re off! We left this morning for a few days of vacation time. The plan is to go to the Badlands of South Dakota then visit my sister.  If we still have a bit of gas (in the truck and in our own tanks), we’ll head toward Yellowstone, but that won’t be determined until we are almost done with North Dakota.  We may even throw Canada in for fun.

I absolutely want to add at least Nebraska, (Lincoln and Quilt Study Museum prepare yourselves) and the Dakotas to Across America, the button map? I see a white button to each state on my little quilt map as we visit. There are still many states that need buttons, but here out West the states are freakishly far apart! So if I add these three plus Montana (I need only a little piece of the big sky) and Wyoming that will be a huge, really huge, accomplishment.

But we haven’t even gotten to Nebraska. We left at 9:00 (our time) and drove until 3:00 (still our time) and I feel like someone beat me. We’re in Mississippi. Big whoo! I could have residency in this-here state, I’ve been here so often. (Side note: I added my own hyphen to this-here. I like it, so leave it alone.)

The problem is that the new truck is rough. Richard assured me that it would have a smoother ride with the camper holding on to our tail, thanks to the added weight. Well, I’m not so certain that’s working as planned. It’s possible that he hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about. Generally he does, I’ll admit that, but this farm equipment is rough as an old tractor breaking new ground. And yes, the camper is behind us. And yes, it’s got some weight on it. (I had a little more time to pack up some “stuff.”) And yes, I’m keeping myself busy to while away the hours.

I have a book; a quilt I’m hand quilting; my rosary; a morning nap and an afternoon nap; and Cotton needs grooming. Plus, there’s eating, entertaining the driver so he stays awake, and just general annoying everyone around me. Too bad for them they are only two—driver and puppy. Not much of a challenge. However, you’d think I could blink away six hours with all those activities. No, not quite. The achy butt and hot body are reasons for ticking away every second of those six hours. Here's to making good, smooth time tomorrow.  

Written on 7/11/2017

First thing this morning, after we got on the road, I discovered that I'd started us off in the wrong direction. Now understand that lots of things changed in the last 24 hours before our escape. Richard invited the grandies, but then we discovered they would need to be back in a few weeks and decided we could not take our planned vacation. So in a rush to beat the clock, I planned another, completely different, vacation so that Lane and Jolie would have the chance to see mountains--Appalachians rather than Rockies. Not the same, but doable. 

Then all that fell through. And we were back on the path to the Rockies. I guess my brain didn't keep up with the changes because we definitely were not in the right place this morning. We made good time today, but I got to pee only once the entire day...not my favorite way to travel. 

We're back on track--heading northwest anyway. Tomorrow we'll stop at Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO, because why not? It's only 20 minutes out of the way. For that I'm giving up the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes in DeSmet, SD. Maybe I'll find some of the Little House fabrics at MSQ. 

The following day we hope to be in Lincoln, NE, for a tour of the National Quilt Study Museum. My family accuses me of planning our trips around quilt places. I do not. If I did, I would have gone to Marshall Dry Goods in Batesville, AR. It was only an hour out of the way. I do admit that it's a rare occasion when a quilt place along the route slides by. 

We stopped at a little RV park in Cabool, MO. We prefer state and national parks but when it's time to shut down the engine, we take what's available.  It's a bit too crowded with RVs for pictures of tonight's romantic little getaway, but Richard noticed a robin and a pasture full of cows. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: TRAVEL

This Pin was discovered by Nicolette Mason. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest.I actually started this inspiration with the word road, but that didn't go very far. Ha! Pun intended, I suppose. 

The reason for this inspiration? Ah, we leave in the morning for a nice little road trip. More on that later, but the packing and hauling and organizing stuff in the camper gave me little time to come up with an idea. So here we are. Almost. On the road, I mean.

For those of you interested, this year's hashtag is #marcottesgowest. 

Ever since I was little, I've wanted to ride this by motorcycle : )  US 50 - NevadaCountry road: You can never take the girl out of the country; for it is always in her heart:) @Kate Mazur Mazur Mazur                                                                                                                                                     More

Take This Road Trip Through Alabama's Most Picturesque Small Towns For An…

Northport, of my favorite drives...the ferry to Washington Island is at the end of this road

a small road that crosses the property to the  guesthouses

Everything you need to know about Route 66 before planning that ultimate road trip.Magnificent American Road   |    23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

And because the quilts are just as important, here are a few...
Excellence Award by Be*mused, via Flickr - from the 2012 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival

The Appliqued Curves Method- New Quilts & A TutorialFree Quilt Tutorial:  Driving Quilt for kids that love cars.  It's even cooler with "The Pigeon" fabrics to go with "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."

Cut, sew, and glue fabric remnants to make a fabric map of the U.S.

Perfect quilt for a little boy!  From the book Pixel Play.

Quilt idea for a boy and his cars - This fun Road quilt is too cute.We are getting road trip ready with this U.S. lap quilt free tutorial and pattern from Flamingo Toes on! Click for the pattern and instructions.Now if only I was talented and could make these!! Perfect thing to take to a restaurant!!!

stitched map - Anne Biss  Check this womans site out. Too cool.

TONS of examples of different kinds of road playmats to make

Thanks for coming by. Here's hoping you have a wonderful week and come back for a quick visit soon. I'll post the majority of the pictures here, but there will also be some on my Facebook page

Friday, July 7, 2017

AmandaJean's QAL ~~ Finished!

Last week I posted that I'd finished the quilt top that I'd been working on as part of the Crazy Mom Quilts QAL. This week I managed to get it quilted and bound. When I took these pictures there was no label on it yet, but after working on the quilt stats, I decided to sew it on before posting it. So now it's completely finished. 

I really love this little quilt. It's big for a baby quilt at 50" square, but it's perfect. 
That crazy orange, which I got at Hancock Fabric, was really, really cheap. I don't know how cheap, but I assure you I would not have bought it for anything close to regular price. It is definitely not in my comfort colors. However, ...

When I decided to join in the QAL, I also decided to do one thing that I would normally not do. Just one thing. The crazy orange became that one thing. Believe me, it was enough. I almost chickened out. 

I'm so very glad that I didn't. 

I was supposed to take the quilt outside for a photo shoot, but dang, it's hot!  I didn't make it. I died right outside the door. Seriously. Died. Didn't even make a second step. The thing that saved me is that I was holding on to the doorknob. I managed, in my weakened state, to drag my body to the slit of cool air escaping through the crack. You can't know how delicious a sliver of chilled oxygen is until you've died in Louisiana in July. 

I was forced to wait until I could wrangle someone into helping. The photo shoot was delayed for the wedding of Icy and Trin Penguin. They were married right in our living room on the coffee table. Marley was the maid of honor and wore her favorite night gown (gown being the operative word). After the lovely couple was pronounced husband and wife, they kissed and danced. Icy tossed his hat and Trin threw her scarf. Then they posed for pictures. 

Happily, the quilt made a beautiful backdrop for the wedding photos. The preacher was doubling as wedding planner and held the quilt, then discreetly switched his hat to quilt model so that I could get a few (exactly three) pictures before running off to help the newlyweds with their luggage. Mr. and Mrs. Icy Penguin are thankful to have such wonderful friends willing to serve as hosts for their wedding. They will live in Evergreen, La., after a wedding trip to Disney World in Florida.

Quilt Stats
AmandaJean's QAL 
50" X 50" 
Scrap fabrics from stash
Yardage from stash 
Scrap fabrics 
June from No Scrap Left Behind
practice quilting / variety of motifs

Linking up with:
        Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday
 Julie and Linda's Sew Stitch Snap SHARE 

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts     

Do you like linky parties? Did you know that I have a tab with a list of linky parties that happen almost every week? Look at the tab across the top and click on the one that says,  " UPDATED: 60+ Linky Parties."  The link will take you to two lists: the first is in alpha order and the second is in chronological (daily) order.