Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sunset in the harbor

The other day we were in the harbor for dinner and afterward decided to walk out onto the public dock at Skansie Park in Gig Harbor. As we approached, the sky started to turn colors ... and it just kept getting better and better!

No matter which way we turned,
there were glorious sunset colors!

The show went on for quite awhile, and people started to gather to stand in awe and take pictures.

Even the water gave us a show, with crisp, clear reflections of boats that resembled abstract paintings.

We can't see the sunset from our house, so if you are one of the lucky ones with a western view, I hope you never tire of the fantastic nightly displays. It would be heaven to bask in those colors every evening at the end of the day.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Woolies inspiration

Our Woolies meeting yesterday had some great inspiration, starting with Judy's summer neighborhood quilt. She used elements from a Wendy Williams' pattern for the wool appliqué, but set them in her own arrangement for a quilt that will hang over a door. The turquoise background is not wool.

Look at the cool ways she uses rickrack! It took me a few minutes to realize that the orange roofline is actually rickrack.

Then Mary showed her nearly complete quilt, which uses pieced cotton prints as well as wool applique. 

Victoria is working on the 12 Days of Christmas, and here is one of her sweet blocks.

Bobbi had blocks from two different projects. The elephant is from Sue Spargo's book "Folk-Tails."

And I'm kicking myself because at the start of our meeting our hostess, Nancy, took us on a tour of her gorgeous gardens and I didn't get pictures because I was still sipping my coffee. I meant to go out later and get some, but I forgot. Anyway, it was a very inspirational day.

I'm linking to Nina-Marie's blog in case you want to see what other fiber artists have been up to this week:  getting-ready-for-quilting-by-lake-2018.html

Have a colorful day

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Field trip! Gossypium, Kathy Doughty and threads

Some of the Woolies with quilt artist Kathy Doughty, lower right,
at Gossypium Quilt Shop in Issaquah, WA.
Some of the Woolies hit the road last week for a field trip to the Gossypium Quilt Shop in Issaquah, WA (near Seattle), to meet Australian quilt artist Kathy Doughty, who has just come out with a new book, "Mixing Quilt Elements -- A Modern Look at Color, Style and Design."

Kathy, signing her newest book.
The book is a feast for the eyes, with bright, wild colors and patterns as well as directions for a dozen pieced and appliquéd quilts and two magpie pillows. 

Kathy writes about her evolution as a quilter and the creative process.  I identified when she wrote, "Somewhere along the way I have become a quilter that likes to go slow, to savor the process. Handwork appeals to me as a way to sit quietly and listen to my thoughts." 

Over the past four or five years, I've savored the peacefulness of wool applique, embroidery and beading, away from the noise of the sewing machine. (But I still do some machine work.) The large hand quilting stitches in Kathy's piece above have inspired me to similarly quilt my current wool piece. I think she said she uses pearl cotton #12 for the quilting with an embroidery needle and a wool batting with no scrim.

Besides Kathy's fabulous quilts, Gossypium itself is a feast for the eyes, with a whole room devoted to Kaffe fabrics, a large wool selection and fun quilter gifts. Gossypium is the scientific name for cotton, and the airy light fixtures resemble cotton bolls.

I also discovered that the shop is featured in the current issue of Better Homes & Gardens Quilt Sampler of top shops around the country.

Here are some photos from inside the store.

Besides the book, I scooped up some more of my favorite new fabric line: Grunge with dots.

Then we went around the corner to Threadneedle Street, a small shop jam packed with thread. I zeroed in on the DMC pearl cotton #5, which I love for embroidery embellishment. 

My total haul is nicely color coordinated,
which always makes me happy.

We topped off our visit with a little stop at Ben & Jerry's for ice cream. Sadly, our choices weren't colorful. Happily, they tasted great!

Have a colorful day

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fourth = Flags, food, friends, family, fireworks, fun

The Fourth of July this year was packed with color and fun -- and even a July 4 quilt -- but I'll start with the flags.

I had my husband pose with our flag because he put in 34 years of service with the military, mainly active duty Army but finishing up with being in the Marine and Navy reserves. It meant we had to move all over the country with our kids, but it was worth it. Thanks, Dave!

Our neighborhood was adorned with flags.
We spent the day with our friends Duane and Paula and their family. They draped the back of their house in bunting:

Next up is the food!

My fruit kebabs are supposed to look like fireworks.
Chef Valerie makes buttermilk dressing
for her corn salad, which was delish.
Valerie also made a quick Caprese salad.
Nathan checks on the ribs,
which Valerie cooked sous vide earlier.

And the cupcakes,

They deserve more than just a caption! Paula is a fantastic baker, but she said these just came from the back of the Hershey's cocoa can. They were so moist and chocolatey and delicious that I could see living on them exclusively.

Paula has a huge selection of quilts made by Duane's 90-year-old mother, and she often uses them as tablecloths. Here is the red, white and blue one she used for the dessert table, which besides the cupcakes included a raspberry pie and homemade maple ice cream.

A summer day at Duane and Paula's always includes a leisurely boat ride around the lake. This time, Dave brought his kayak to get in some paddling exercise.

Summer also means that Paula's gardens will be bursting with color -- a true feast for the eyes.

We even had a surprise visitor. This little guy landed on Nathan's face and then hung out on his thumb while we marveled at the bright green coloring.

Time for the selfie stick!
The night ended with a bunch of bangs, as Duane and neighbors all around the lake set off fireworks.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June color block completed

I printed out my June photos yesterday for the month's color inspiration. 

June actually was greyer than the photos convey, so I guess I didn't have the heart to take many pictures on those days. The rhodies also had peaked and were mostly gone, so it wasn't as colorful as May. In July the hydrangeas should be in full bloom, though, adding mountains of blue-purple-pink to my photos.

After spreading out the photos, I pulled out the fabric above for my collage. Below, I arranged it for sewing.

I used horizontal stitching in blue to hold it all down to the background square:

Here's how the year looks so far. Start in the upper left with January, and go across and then across the bottom row for January through June.

Have a colorful day