Monday, June 13, 2011

Two More Blocks

Sue, this info is for you--since there's no way to email you. The blocks are part of a Block of the Month activity using "made" fabric on a block called "15 Minutes of Play...Bumblebeans." the link is

Victoria, of Bumblebeans Inc. manages this blog where we try out various activities and tutorials, including how to make the fabric. Right now there are several things going on--the blocks of the month, a solids challenge that turned into a swap, and some bees (swaps). In the block of the month activity, different blocks are posted with tutorials, and we give them a try. Miki's block was a square within a star.

This next one was a pinwheel; directions posted by Margaret.

I realized while I was assembling it that a couple of the triangles had tips made out of the same orange as the background. So the tips disappear.

The tutorial for the next one was posted by Victoria. She calls it Beacon Lights.

Those will be the last ones for a while, as we leave this campground tomorrow and head for Canada. We'll spend 1 night at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, 1 night in Fort McLeod, Alberta, and then 4 nights with no electricity in Bow River Provincial Park west of Calgary. Then after that I doubt I'll have time to sew for a while since we'll be busy seeing all the sights of Banff and Jasper.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finished 6 stars

Yesterday and the day before I made fabric, and finished off a crammed-full gallon ziploc bag. Today I made 6 stars using Miki's tutorial.

Here's just a fraction of the fabric I made.

And since the 6 stars pretty much all look alike, here's a pic of two of them.

Now I'll try to get to work on the pinwheels.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Henry's Lake - 2

This is the view from our front door. The lake isn't visible from here but is just a half mile away.

These are the East Centennial Mountains, to the west. This is the view I have looking out the window from my recliner. The lower dirt road goes west up Red Rock Pass and into Montana.

Yesterday and today Don spent most of the day fishing. It was the first time we had time alone (without the other). We'd been together 24-7 for 6 days, and it was time for "me time" for each of us. I did laundry yesterday morning, then pulled out the sewing machine to "make fabric." I took a gallon-sized ziploc bag full of scraps and sewed them into increasingly larger pieces until I had most of the scraps used up. I have enough 3 7/8" and 3 1/5" squares for 5 12" stars (using solid background) as well as all the large pieces in the photos below.

Tomorrow I plan to cut the orange background pieces for the stars and start putting the stars together.

There's a roast beef with potatoes, carrots, and onions in the oven, and since it's been a nice day outside, it's pretty warm in here. But Don got himself chilled while he was fishing, and thinks it's just fine. At least it smells nice!

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