Friday, November 27, 2015

Steampunk Challenge

Saw this at BadAss Quilter's Society and got sucked in!
To enter make anything with quilty goodness.  No problem!
 Use every fabric in your project. Um...ok.
 Steampunk it up....metal zippers and real rusty bike gears...check!
Four pockets on one side of lining, zippy pocket with secret pocket on the other side.
Really don't want to cut those zipper ends off.... I won't!:)
 This can be totally....
 But why hide all this bike gear fun?:)
Bike gear and felt flower fun!
 Junk in the truck photo shot....very Steampunk!
Loads of pockets...
 and loops
Steampunk goodness...I hope!:)

Steampunk Challenge voting here...starting December 1st...if you want!:)


Sunday, November 22, 2015

The leftovers

So many little finishes...or at least ones I can show. 
Here is one, second for the third quarter.
It was made from the leftover half square triangles from this runner.
 There were soooooo many different ways I could have put these forty half square triangles together.  I have over 20 different configurations on my camera but love the way this one carries your eye out.  Sort of like a square drip of water ring!:)
 A few more geese and bits in the back and the envelope opening makes this more versatile. 
Table topper or pillow...I'm thinking pillow!:)
 Made a few ornaments for a swap.  Half inch hexagons.
 Never again!!
 This is what I am working on today.  All pin basted and half way hand quilted.
Of course there are always other things going on too!  
How about those Thanksgiving/Christmas cactus?:)

Like my new Instagram button up there on the right?
Thanks little sis! xoxo


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oh Houston Quilt Fest done me in!

The International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX was beyond a doubt
 an experience never to be forgotten!
Early mornings getting breakfast and meals/snacks for later in the day stretched our legs.
As did set up!  Boxes and boxes of yard cuts, fat quarters and bundles.  Was wondering if we would get it set up in time for preview.
But we did!  What a team and what an awesome looking booth!  Fest team Pam, Nancy, Shop owner Carly, Cathy and myself 
in our new fushia aprons.
 (Circle window second from the right is where overhead shots were taken.)
Last minute instructions before the masses swarmed through the doors.
And swarm they did!  Oh Houston....I'm still recovering!
Texas sized baked potatoes sure helped!:)
By the fun...I'm on Instagram now...come play!:)


Saturday, October 31, 2015

October # 9 Challenge Applique & Orange

Mini Mania strikes again!  
Leslie got us to put our thinking caps on....all applique and a shot of orange.  
Well, I love orange so there was no problem for me!:)
Looks kinda lumpy on the sides but you know there is a reason.

Had this top leftover from the seven samples made for the Angled Frames tutorial
Perfect for a background so cutting a piece from the upper right corner another....
....pillow was created!
A few buttons, some embroidery and a bit of quilting was all it took.
A couple more sections cut out for the envelope back.
Our shower curtain was my inspiration!:)
The pillow insert is one from our couch and a bit too snug but it worked for picture taking.  Now it is packed away with the others until the house is finished.
Happy Ghosty Day to you from me, Mr. Pumpkin-head and the Bride of Frankenstein. app...I'm on Instagram!!

1st finish of 4th quarter.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thirty years Honeyman! is our thirtieth anniversary.  Boy does time flies when you are having fun!
We only do presents every five years...30 is pretty big!
What do you get the guy who needs nothing? The Cass Scenic Railroad ride was the main gift but I wanted hubby to open a gift on the actual date so...
...Spoons you say? Ha!
 Found these on Etsy....Spoon Tracker.
 Big fan of spooning!
Another Etsy shop came to the rescue...Cedar Fever....a husband and wife team from Texas making whatever you want using old license plates.  Can you find something with a Virginia and a West Virginia tag?  Why yes, yes we can! Love it!

But Honeyman really blew it out of the park.
Thirty years is pearl and he found this awesome freshwater pearl bracelet.
(The girl gave me the skull bracelet last year.)
I love bracelets with leather!

Then there was this awesome carved box with pearl inlay.
 That would have been enough....but inside was...
...a new iphone!!!! No more dumb phone for me!
Yes Jo, now I can do instagram....but first I need to learn how to make a call and send a text!
Love you bunches Honeyman!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Color in Canaan!

This month we celebrate our thirtieth year of married....yep....the big 3-0!
It's been the best and he is the best! 
We started the party early by going to my pal Sally's place in Canaan Valley, West Virginia!  

First thing we did is climb Olson Tower.
 One hundred and thirty-three steps to the top with 360 degree views of heaven! Elevation 3736 feet.
 View was great looking down too!
 Yes, this is really how beautiful it is out there in the gorgeous state of West Virginia right now!
 Peak color for sure. It just went on and on and on!

Next day's adventure was a 4.5 hour round trip train ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad.  This was one of my gifts to hubby. It's a part of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and you don't have to ride the train to enjoy the park! 
  This powerful Shay locomotive climbs up 11 miles to Bald Knob, WV.
Elevation over 4700 feet.
Third highest peak in WV!
Here is a look at the boiler...powermaker....mountain buster....Steampunk at it's best!!
The engine alternates between pushing and pulling as there are two switchbacks on the ride to navigate the steep terrain.
Looking from the top of Bald Knob to the distant mountains of home!

Down in the valley over the middle ridge of mountains is the home of the Green Banks Telescope
  It is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope and world's largest movable land object!! 
It is 60% taller than the Statue of Liberty at 485 ft! 
The parabolic dish covers 2.3 acres....that's a lot of pasta!
That highest ridge is Bald Knob....where we went on the train!
Read here about the 13,000 square mile Quiet Zone relating to the telescope...fascinating!
On the ride down we stopped at Whittaker Station, a recreation of an authentic logging camp.
Boxed lunches were provided as were benches in the middle of the coaches but most of us stood the whole way up and down...too, too much beauty not to be missed!

The next day (after sleeping in til 11 am!) we drove up to Oakland, Maryland, county seat of Garrett County, MD.  Unbeknownst to us we drove into the middle of the annual
Autumn Glory Festival, Small town goodness at it's best!
 Heading back to Canaan we turned at a historical marker sign and drove down another small road to see what is called the Fairfax Stone. It marks the source of the north branch of the Potomac River and used to be the stone that marked the most western point of the land granted to Lord Fairfax by the King of England in the 1700s!
  (Above is a map showing the Fairfax land grant and where the stone in in the upper left.)
Lord Fairfax owned all the land from there south the to the Rappahannock  River...around 5,000,000 acres (2023428.211 hectacres...yes I figured it out!:)!!!!  Hard to even fathom!
Done with the history lesson!
 Onward we went to Blackwater Falls State Park.  
Photos toward the sun do not turn out very well!
 But from the other side of the canyon the color sure conveys!
 So many overlooks and little time!
 First time we saw the Falls (many years ago) they were covered with ten inches of snow.
Not this time! Afternoon shadow kind of dulls the colors but still spectacular.
The drive to WV and back home is amazing too. As we drove down, down, down...
...the colors were just starting to peek out here and there.  
Next few weeks here at home should be peak for us!:)

Thanks so much Sally! xo

Happy Anniversary Honey-man!