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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Salmon With Asparagus and Lemon"

Here's my finished quilt for Quilt Revolution's salmon challenge. I call it "Salmon With Asparagus and Lemon" and it's 21-inches square. I quilted it by layering it with Sulky Solvy to hold all the woven strips and yarn down. The raveled texture resulted with swishing it around in water to dissolve the Solvy. Luckily, I like texture.

Have a colorful day

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Salmon quilt challenge

Our local quilt shop, Quilt Revolution, is having a display of salmon quilts during Shop Hop next month. I've taken up the challenge and am doing a quilt called "Salmon with Asparagus and Lemon." I'm just using those colors. No pictures of salmon.

The background fabric is actually a pinky-orange salmon color, although it looks more orange in the photo. I laid down a few chunks of other colors and then wove a layer of salmon, asparagus and lemon colored strips on top.

Then I pulled out some lemon and asparagus yarns from my stash (didn't have any salmon) and wove bits of them in.

So that's where it stands now. Next I have to decide how to quilt it and whether to just pin it like crazy or put a layer of Sulky Solvy over top to hold things down. I'll keep you posted.

Check out what other fiber artists have been doing this week at Nina Marie's Off-the-Wall Fridays:

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Sew Day on the deck

Linda in action on the back deck during Sew Day.

Yesterday was Sew Day with the Nuts at my house, which means I did panic cleaning and set a colorful table. I found this vivid cotton tablecloth at a yard sale for $4.

I made my first French toast casserole for breakfast, along with turkey sausage and fresh berries. It turned out pretty good -- I'll definitely put it in my recipe box.

For lunch (below) we moved out onto the deck to enjoy the sunshine, warm temps and view of the water. I made a version of Starbucks' chicken BLT salad sandwich for lunch along with fruit and chocolate chip cookies. The chicken salad had bacon bits and pieces of sundried tomatoes.

Everyone was doing handwork so it was easy to move outside. Here's what was going on out on the deck in between cookies and just watching the water:

Nancy brought her projects and supplies in this colorful bag that she made. It's filled with big Ziploc bags to organize everything:

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pink through purple in the yard

I just realized that I've only blogged once this month, which is waaaay less than usual. I think it's because I haven't been doing anything creative in the studio. Instead, I've been going to a lot of yoga classes and Starbucks and walking and watching the water.

But I need to blog, so today I went out in the yard and looked for something for every color in the rainbow. Here are my findings, in rainbow order: pink and red, orange, yellow, green, blue (sort of), purple.

 Have a colorful day

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beach Houses detail

I just entered one of my older quilts, "Beach Houses," in IQA's Tactile Architecture exhibit. This is a detail. I used to be a regular entrant in the IQA shows, but when I moved across the country in 2008 I lost my traction. I'm trying to get back in the groove.

Today was a sunny, sparkly day in Gig Harbor, just like in the quilt!

Have a colorful day

Monday, April 27, 2015

Strolling through Nisqually delta

The Feet & Forks strolled through the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge today, soaking in a gorgeous spring day.

The Nisqually River Delta, near Olympia, WA, is a refuge for wildlife, hikers and photographers. In fact, jogging and bike riding aren't allowed so as not to interfere with the enjoyment of nature.

Besides numerous birds like this great blue heron and Canada goose, we saw frogs, snakes, dragonflies and a muskrat. The freshwater of the river mingles with the saltwater of the South Puget Sound to form an estuary teeming with life.

Since it's a wetland area subject to high water during high tide and mucky mud during low tide, there is a long boardwalk for walkers.

Can you spot Mt. Rainier?
We followed up our hike with the obligatory lunch (after all, we are the Feet & Forks). They didn't give us forks, so we posed with our sweet potato fries and a tater tot. Yum!

Tomorrow I vow to get back to quilting.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Green for Earth Day

Dave and Julia on Fragrance Lake hike.
Dave and I met up with Julia in Bellingham last weekend on a gorgeous sunny day to hike up to Fragrance Lake and back, and I thought all the green would make a good Earth Day post. Earth Day is officially April 22, so I hope you get outside tomorrow and enjoy some nature.

The trail up is about two very steep miles, so I made a lot of rest stops on the excuse of having to take pictures. The growth in this Northwest forest is incredibly lush.

"Nurse log" supporting four new trees.

Even the lake looks green. The "fragrance" comes from skunk cabbage, which isn't exactly a pleasant fragrance.

Fragrance Lake near Bellingham.

To make this quilt related, here's a collaged quilt I made in 2006 called "Forest" that has the colors of our hike. I made the quilt when I lived in Illinois and our house backed up to a forest.

"Forest" art quilt by Sherrie Spangler.

Have a colorful Earth Day

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quilting "Sedona Spring"

I quilted "Sedona Spring" today in one continuous spiral, using a freezer paper circle in the middle to get me started on the path. Here is the top before I started quilting:

I used the walking foot as a guide to keep the spirals roughly the same distance from each other. I used invisible thread on top.

Now it's done, but the edges are wavy. I hate it when that happens, so I'm leaving the studio for tonight and I'll deal with it tomorrow ... somehow. It's so wavy that I don't think it can be blocked or pressed into submission. I may actually gather the edges all around and then press. Won't win any awards, but I still love the colors!

Update a few days later: I gathered the edges and it worked perfectly. It's all bound and lays perfectly flat!

I've linked up to Nina Marie's Off-the-Wall Friday so you can see what other fiber artists have been up to this week:

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hiking the hoodoos and coral pink dunes

Natural arch formed by erosion in Bryce.
On our way back from Sedona (yes, I'm HOME now!), we hiked in the spectacular and colorful hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Monument in southwest Utah. Words cannot properly describe these bizarre and wonderful rock formations, so I'll show you a lot of pictures.

The trail took us down several hundred feet in elevation into the heart of the hoodoos. Partway down, we came across this painter whose orange shirt matched the rocks.

 Bryce's elevation is around 8,000-9,000 feet, so there was still snow.

The skies at Bryce are intensely blue and clear during the day, and it also has a 7.4 magnitude night sky, making it one of the darkest in North America. This magnitude means that you can see about 7,500 stars with the naked eye, while in most places fewer than 2,000 can be seen due to light pollution.

Before I take you to the coral pink dunes, I'll leave you with this quote on a sign at Bryce:

"If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it."
-- Lyndon Baines Johnson

Last stop: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, also in Utah near Kanab. The soft sand called out for bare feet, so I carried my shoes as we hiked -- slogged -- around a loop with nature signs. We saw people in the distance sledding on the dunes, which can shift up to 50 feet a year in the wind.

The dunes are formed from the erosion of pink-colored Navajo Sandstone surrounding the park. High winds passing through the notch between the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains pick up loose sand particles and then drop them onto the dunes because of the Venturi effect. (There's one for you to google.)

Have a colorful day