Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back Down the Trail from Mystic Lake

 After spending a few hours of quality time at Mystic Lake, we climbed up out of the basin and headed for the trailhead, 3 1/2 miles away.

 Everyone was still in good spirits and had good energy for the return hike.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mystic Lake Views

 It is always thrilling to climb up over the ridge and get that first view of Mystic Lake, the largest lake in the Beartooth Mountains.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mystic Lake Trail

 The trail to Mystic Lake is 3 1/2 miles each direction.  Here are a few trail shots taken on the way up.   The temperature was good for hiking.  Maybe high 60's or low 70's.  And no bugs!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

West Rosebud Creek Trail

Summer is here and we take every opportunity to get into the back country.  This day, we took our two grandsons on their first hike of the summer to Mystic Lake.  Airus is 8 and Breckin is 5.  We were not sure how the day would go, but it started out with a lot of enthusiasm and rushing water!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Straight Stitching on Red Swirls

Another of my ideas is to cover the piece with straight (or almost straight) stitching.  I am not sure what I want to do here, and maybe I won't actually make a decision until the snow starts flying, because it is time to get into the mountains!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Black Swirl on Red?

One of my ideas is to emphasize the swirls by using black thread to add more quilted swirls. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Working out the Quilting Questions

Very often, I will attempt to answer my quilting design questions by working with a smaller piece.  This is the last few scraps of the deconstructed red swirls I had, and I mixed in a few other hand dyed fabrics to make a workable size.  I am not sure what to do with this.  I have considered a lot of different things. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Starting to Sew the Red Swirls

I think I have settled on an arrangement and now I am sewing the squares together into vertical strips.  These could still be rearranged if I wish, but sewing the strips seems like a commitment.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Rearranging the Red Swirls

OK, so here is another arrangement.  I feel like I am getting closer to something worthy of the time it would take to quilt it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rearranging the Rectangle of Red Swirls

I thought this piece might be more effective with the darker squares oriented towards the center......not sure.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scrounging for Pieces to Make it Work

Well, I scrounged around in my studio and found a few more scraps of this fabric that had been used for other works in progress, and I managed to come up with enough to make a rectangle, of sorts.  This arrangement has all the darker pieces grouped at the bottom.  Not sure if this is the best arrangement, but I do know I like the landscape oriented rectangle much better than the square I started with.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Going for a Rectangle Landscape Orientation of Red Swirls

I was not in love with the way this looked arranged in a square, so I thought I would try for a rectangle.  I am not sure I have enough fabric to make this work, but I like it better.