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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Simple summer quilts and Mt. Rainier

and the quilting is easy.

Lately, I've just felt like doing simple quilts with pretty colors. I've been reading about and practicing meditation, and doing simple sewing with no curves or points to match is very meditative. I finished the quilt top above at this week's Comfort Quilters work session, where we make quilts to give to cancer patients. All those beautiful batiks were donated by someone, then Kristin cut the pieces using the Timeless Treasures Salt-Water Taffy pattern and I stitched them together. Others in the group will do the quilting and binding.

And I finally finished this quilt, also in batiks, which I started in Sedona, AZ, during a March snow storm and blogged about here:

See what other fiber artists are doing this week at Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday:

I also did my first hike at Mt. Rainier this summer! We hiked about five miles on this part of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain:

It was perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold, and sunny. The falls and trees are majestic. Only about 88 more miles to go to complete the Wonderland Trail.

Some mountain thoughts from my current meditation book, "Wherever You Go, There You Are," by Jon Kabat-Zinn:

"As the light changes, as night follows day and day night, the mountain just sits, simply being itself. It remains still as the seasons flow into one another and as the weather changes moment by moment and day by day. Calmness abiding all change. ...

"Through it all, the mountain continues to sit, unmoved by the weather, by what happens on the surface, by the world of appearances. As we sit holding this image in our mind, we can embody the same unwavering stillness and rootedness in the face of everything that changes in our own lives over seconds, hours, and years."

Hope you're all having a good summer!

 Have a colorful day


tiedyejudy said...

Beautiful! And I am so glad you are having nice summer weather!

Julia DesertSpring said...

My Muay Thai coach posts on Facebook all the time, and today she posted this Zen proverb that you might like:

sonja said...

love the cool colors of PNW summer n your quilts. almost feel the breezes! what is your fav machine to quilt with? piece?
can you take horses on trails? that was a love of mine n younger years to see the outdoors on horseback!

Judy Ferguson said...

Quilts do not have to be complicated to be beautiful. Enjoy the summer.

Nina Marie said...

Simply and pretty are what summer is all about! Off the Wall is open if you'd like to share!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Sherrie. I always enjoy photos of the Pacific NW and Rainier is gorgeous. Your batik quilts are so simple yet so beautiful. The fabrics make all the difference.
best, nadia

Norma Schlager said...

The colors are so pretty in your comfort quilts . Sometimes it's fun to just sew straight lines.
Your hiking pictures are beautiful My son lives in Oregon and we took a brief hike at Mt. Rainer a few years ago. It wasn't too bad going up, but I hated coming down. I had to hold onto his shoulder the whole way.