I have had tons of people asking about classes lately, so I finally got some scheduled. There is a 'classes' tab here on my website where you can see what they are and where you can also sign up. So far there is beginning quilting, (quilted pillow covers), free motion quilting, my wall hanging kits. and a journal cover class too, those are so much fun. I hope to see some of you local people there!
After a crazy bunch of hurdles trying to get this finished and up, it's finally there! I have been busy with guests too, and kids coming and going, so I have been neglecting my blog again! I am at the shop more during the summer, but it's still kind of patchy, so look for the 'open' sign in the window, and I'm hoping to get a sandwich board sign for outside soon too. I have a few cool new things in the shop too!
All of my real projects right now are still top secret, so I don't have much to post about! I did get something fun to play with recently, coloring book fabric and Inktense pencils! I used fabric medium instead of water to keep it from bleeding on the fabric, except in one spot where I tried water and it DID bleed. My daughter did some of this too. Depending on how you do it, it is possible to get anything from very light to very intense, I can't wait to play with then some more!
I'm hijacking my blog to do a post partly for family members who aren't on facebook! On Memorial Day, my husband, youngest daughter and I decided we needed something fun to do the day after the other two kids left for camp for the summer. We went for a drive to Denali Park, to get coffee and go for a 'short' hike :-) We also dropped off some of my quilted cards at a shop there that sells them.
We planned our hike, but then the mountain was out, which is rare in the summer, so we decided instead to climb partway up a steep rocky trail to get some pictures. It is very steep, so I didn't think I would get far at all, and then we planned to do a flatter hike after that. We started up, and I did have to stop a LOT and rest, but right away I could see that I was getting farther than I thought. So I just kept resting and going a bit farther, until we realized we had gotten farther up that trail than ever before! We kept going and going, and after about an hour or so, we were at the highest of the series of rock piles. I couldn't even believe it. The first picture below shows what it looks like from the start of the trail. I will post a picture at the end that shows what it really looks like! This only shows the first two of a series of rock piles. In the second picture, I tried to show how narrow the trail was in some places. It dropped off on both sides and was very windy!
At that point we started asking other hikers what they knew about the rest of the trail, because we knew it kept going and came out somewhere else. They said it went a little higher, around a 'bowl' in the mountains, and we could see part of the trail from where we were. Then it went down a little more gradually, and was supposed to be about 4 miles in all. (Ending a few miles from where we parked, but we knew we might be able to catch a ride on a park bus.) We decided to give it a try, partly because going back down the way we came up was not going to be easy either!
After the rock piles the incline got less steep, but still went up another several hundred feet over the next mile, about 1400 feet elevation change in all, from 2600 to 4000. We had that spectacular view most of the trip!
Almost at the top, still smiling :-)
We saw too many ground squirrels to count. This one was very curious, he kept coming closer and looking like he really wanted to say something! At the highest point, Britta climbed down to a snowpile. She wanted to slide down it, but decided it wasn't worth the extra 100 feet of climbing to get back up! (It looks flat in the photo, but was quite steep.) Then we finally started to go down the back side. Even that had switchbacks at first, but not as steep as the trip up.
Lots of cool steps!
and lots of wildflowers, even at the very top.
Getting closer, then finally after 4.5 miles, the road! Which is still 2.5 miles from our car.... We decided to continue the adventure and walk instead of catching a bus. I bailed for the last mile and found a sunny patch to wait for them to come and get me! Six miles total for me, and seven for them, starting with a 1400 foot climb!
Thankfully we didn't see any bears! One large brown blob turned out to be a caribou. The second picture is looking back at where we had been! We started at the bottom of a valley to the left of the photo, and pretty much crossed that entire ridge, down the other side, then walked back around the bottom.
The picture below is an older photo of the same area from across the next valley, so you can see more of it. The number 1 is about the highest we had made it in the past, the number 2 is the highest point, about 2 miles in, and took about 2 hours to get to. The last 5 miles took two more hours. When we were driving out, we saw the same cow and twin baby moose we had seen on the way in, but got some better pictures the second time, so fun! We took more than 600 photos between the three of us, it was pretty hard to narrow it down!
Next time, back to quilting!
We finally got all of the video tutorials done for the two new kits, Serenity and Moonshadows. I may still tweak a couple of them, but we wanted to get some up before my geek squad went to camp for the summer! They are under the tutorials tab, or click on the photos below.
I also made a quick and easy little wall quilt just for fun recently, it is for sale in my shop. I don't make myself do enough of that lately! I used pretty much the same method as my journal cover tutorial, which is also under the tutorials tab. It's very quick and simple for when you don't have a lot of time to make something.
Click on the photos below to go to the page with the video tutorials.
Click the photo below to see the rest of our kits and patterns!
I have gotten quite a few new cards made lately, but not too many pictures up yet! I need a secretary :-) Yesterday I spent way too much time making 5 tiny wonky log cabin blocks. I tried several methods, until I came up with a fairly easy one. I will try to do a tutorial if I get time, it was fun! I surrounded them with some blueberry fabric to finish the card.
A week ago today we got the surprising and sad news that Sharon Blackwell, the owner of the Material Girls quilt store next to my shop, and also my landlord and my daughter's employer, passed away due to a sudden illness. Our prayers are with her husband Jonnie and all who knew her, she has definitely had an impact on the quilting community in our area and will be missed!
These two kits are finally ready for purchase! For the first week, until Friday, May 13 at midnight AK time, if you order one of these kits, you can choose a free card pattern of your choice too, either print or download version, whichever you prefer. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know which card pattern you would like. (A couple of them are only available in kit form, those are not eligible) Click the photos for more information or to order, and happy sewing!
They are both $59, they are a little bigger than our previous wall hangings. We are working on some video tutorials to go with them, hopefully those will be up very soon! The patterns refer to them, but they are not there quite yet...
I spent the day cutting fabric for the two new kits, they should be ready this week! I did 54 yards today, yikes! And I have a few more pieces to do, but we're almost there.
And, thanks to Rosalie Coombs in the UK for sending a picture of her Moonlight Moose wall hanging, it turned out great! I always love to see pictures!
Thanks to everyone who has participated in my 'find new quilt shops' promotional. Congratulations to Diane for earning a free kit, and welcome to Keama's Quilts in Green River, WY, they are the newest shop to carry our products, or will be as soon as they get their order, ha! :-)
I had a great quilting retreat last weekend, and met my goal of making 100 cards, although most of them still need binding. I had a great spot in front of a window, overlooking a lake and great sunsets!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the kit naming contest! There were lots of good ideas, but the prize goes to Kelli Chapman-Ruthruff, who guessed close to the one I was already thinking of, "Serenity". Congratulations, you will get a kit when they are ready, which will hopefully be in a few weeks! And here is a newer sample. Very similar, but a few small changes from the original quilt, which I no longer have.
There is some thread painting on it, which I hope you will try, but I will have a couple of options for variations as well! I will also plan to have some videos showing how to stitch the irises and the cool pebble quilting as well.
And thanks to everyone who has given me recommendations for quilt shops, keep them coming! See the home page for info on how you can earn a free kit of your choice by helping me find new shops.
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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