Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Timberline Lake Backpacking

 We took our 8 year old grandson on his first backpacking trip this summer.  We went to Timberline Lake because the weather there was expected to be milder than some of our other options.  Above is a picture of Timberline Lake as we arrived.  We had sunshine all the way up the trail (hot), but the clouds had arrived at the same time we reached the lake, so it began to feel a bit cooler (almost too cool, really).  The first order of business was to find our campsite, but the second was to filter water.  The two pictures below show Airus and Joe filtering ice cold water from the lake.

Monday, September 15, 2014

First Backpacking Trip for Eight Year Old Grandson

 There was not a very big window of time for backpacking this summer.  We watch the weather and the bugs to determine when we can maximize the potential for success.  We did have one evening that appeared promising and we wanted to take our eight year old grandson, Airus on his first outing.  We wanted to be able to evaluate his stamina and enthusiasm before planning a much longer trip.  Here are pictures from the Timberline trailhead and another along the trail going up.  We had partly cloudy weather and warmish temperatures for the hike into Timberline Lake.  It is 5 miles to the lake.  The trailhead is along the West Fork Road, about 11 miles in.  The elevation of the trailhead is at about 7,500 feet and this area was burned in a wildfire in 2007 (I think).

The trail passes through the burn area for about 3 miles.  That means 3 miles without shade.... and it means looking at a lot of blackend tree trunks.  Airus could not resist playing with the charcoal found everywhere.  He drew on rocks and logs with pieces of charcoal, blackened his hands with charcoal dust and left charcoal handprints all around. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another Blue Scrap Quilt

 Did I mention that the whole reason got started putting together these randomly pieced scrap quilts was to clean out my scrap bin (a 30 gallon tub, that was overflowing)?  I was happy with the blue baby quilt, but I realize I have many more blue scraps.  This time - I expanded my color choices to include pale blues and blues ranging to turquoise.    This one measures 48" square.  It is also a baby quilt, apparently. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blue Baby Scrap Quilt

I showed this work in progress a few weeks back and here it is all sewn together.   I really like the energy, but also the calm deep color.   It measures 36 x 48" - a decent sized baby quilt. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

East Rosebud Wild Raspberries

 We took our two grandsons - Airus age 8 and Breckin age 5 to East Rosebud Lake to fish and hike.  We were fortunate to find a lot of wild berries in bloom and we enjoyed eating what we could pick.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Huckleberries in the Beartooths

 The huckleberry leaves are starting to turn color, but the berries are ripe.  We paused along the trail during a recent hike to enjoy these flavorful wild berries.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Moose on the Trail

 Photos from a recent hike in the Beartooth Wilderness.  We encountered this beautiful bull moose on the Glacier Lake Trail.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Nap Quilt Sized Random Strips

This one ended up being 80 x 50", which I think is a good size for adult napping.  I am really happy with the way this one turned out and I look forward to doing the quilting myself and using it to cover up for Winter TV time. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Colorful Scraps and Stripes

 While I have the scrap box out, I decide to work with a mix of colors and patterns to see if I can make a dent in my accumulation of scraps.  I decide to mix in several fabrics with stripes and a few with stars to create unity as I randomly pull fabrics. 

I thought this one might also be a crib quilt, but it is ending up larger than I anticipated.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Random Blue Pieced Twelve Inch Squares

OK, so here is what I have now - twelve 12" squares.  I am sort of on the fence about where to go with this project.  Sewn together - I will have a finished quilt about 36 x 48".  Is that a proper size for a baby quilt?  It looks like it to me, but I think a crib quilt would be larger.  Do I want a sashing?  Should I cut the 12" squares into quarters - so I would have 48 6" squares - then add a sashing?

I was really thinking I would try my hand at making a "Modern Quilt" - thinking I would use a white fabric for the sashing and make it a very generous width....  but  ....I am balking at using white, but I know it would be a good exercise for me, but ew - I do not like white in quilts unless I am using paint and print.

I also had a thought to do some block printing on these randomly pieced commercial fabrics. 

Maybe I will think about this a bit before I go further.  But I do so enjoy making the occasional scrap quilt...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blue Strips and Random Piecing Continues

 Well, here is what I have so far.....several randomly sized portions - that somehow need to come together into a whole.  I have not yet figured out dimensions.....not used to making crib quilts - so not sure what size I need to be going for.  I still have more strips, so will keep sewing....

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blue Strips and Random Piecing

On Saturday, I showed my pile of blue strips and I have been stitching them together randomly.  Here is what I have so far.....I am thinking maybe I will have enough to make a baby quilt.  Nobody I know is having a baby, but eventually somebody will, so no harm in making one and tucking it away for the future.

This is about 18" square, but I am not nearly finished with my pile of blue strips!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Scraps in Strips

I had my scrap box out to make the potholders and seeing all those scraps inspired me to try using some of them up.  I really enjoy sewing strips together randomly and seeing what I can do with them.  I cut all the blues I could find in my scrap box into strips of varying widths.  These range from 1" to 2" wide.  Now to begin sewing them together.....

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wrapped Up and Ready for Bingo Night.

While I was messing around with the potholders, I decided to go ahead and just get them ready to put on the prize table next month.  I rolled two potholders together and tied them with ribbons.  Now I have five prizes ready to walk out the door with me for September's Iris Club meeting.  The next few weeks will be very busy so I am really happy I was able to get this project finished well in advance.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Iris Printed Potholders

 Here are 8 of the potholders and hot pads I made for Iris Club bingo prizes.  I started out making them with black and white fabrics, but then I decided to use up some colorful scraps.  I think both ways look great.  Who doesn't need potholders?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Iris Club Bingo Prizes - Hand Printed Potholders.

Big Sky Iris Club has monthly meetings and our September meeting is when we play "Iris Bingo".  Everyone brings prizes that are related to iris in some way.  This year, I decided to make some hand printed potholders for prizes.  I dug around in my scrap box to find some hand dyed fabrics on which to print the iris image with black ink.  Then, I colored it in with fabric markers.  I sewed some strips around the sides, in a "quilt as you go" style - everything was all layered when I started adding the strips - so the quilting was done as each strip was added.  Then, I did free motion quilting around the iris image, trimmed and bound.  I made 10 of these, and finished them up well in advance of the next meeting!    

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dill Pickles!

 I don't try raising vegetables at my place on account of the deer - they will just eat everything up.  But my daughter, Elizabeth lives in town and has a nice little vegetable garden.  She has been saving up her cucumbers so I could make some dill pickles.  Grandson Airus loves dill pickles and my mother has a really terrific recipe for them.  I have not canned in years, but it seemed like a good thing to do on a rainy day in late August.  I made 13 quarts! 
I will get the recipe posted up on my food blog sometime soon and let you know when it is there.