I am happy to say that another quilt has gone to its new home, Rob and Carina picked up their wedding gift today.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
The label is made and attached and this quilt is ready to go off to England to a Mum about to birth a baby boy.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Last Saturday was pick up for the next month's fabric and assignment and today all sixteen blocks are finished and I can forget that for the next month! No two are meant to be exactly the same and no block should have the same bright color more than once, I think I did the job correctly, you can see where the LC blocks go in the picture below.
But I have no idea how to quilt it!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Would you believe that I have already made use of the pattern and some of the fabric from Alaska?
When I was getting the coordinating batiks cut, I noticed a basket of kits and picked it up to look more closely- this one came home with me!
I think it's adorable! It's a panel that includes LED lights, is that cute? Last Christmas I saw some chatter on my internet quilting professionals group about a pieced quilt pattern for a Christmas tree with LED lights. I looked all over the internet for it and posted the query on my online group to no avail. This kit has a panel rather than a pieced tree but I didn't have to think too hard to buy it, I knew that it would probably not be there when I looked for it the next time. I think I might also put crystals on it, just for some extra sparkle!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
After leaving Ketchikan we were at sea for a day and a half. Not a lot to see, we were too far from land although we noticed quite a few whales breaching in the late afternoon.
We watched ice carving by one of the chefs......
Hung out on the Lido deck
and spent time at "our" table playing Mexican train dominoes and cards.Our final stop on the trip was Victoria BC.
Picture taken near the fabulous Empress Fairmont Hotel, built in 1908 .
This unique evergreen tree is called "Arbustus", I have never seen the like anywhere.
One of several shrub sculptures in this city.
A lively violinist dressed as Darth Vadar entertained the crowds,
And we found a store with some funky merchandise, shoes for your wine bottles.........
a cartoon golf cart.........
and unusual chess sets
First stop on our mini "pub crawl", nice people working, very helpful advice for our limited time in the area.
Then onto the "Canoe" micro brewery, friendly folk there too.
And excellent food including, Shepherd's Pie, Bangers and Mash, Irish Stew, Lamb burger, and even Oyster Poor Boys. The dessert you see me holding was shared among us, it was superb!
Fudgey brownie, Bailey's Ice Cream and whisky sauce yum, yum, yum, OMG!
A fitting end to a wonderful adventure which we plan to repeat in four years after JW finishes his residency.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
One of many competitive Cribbage games!
The jewel colors of the water are amazing as are the icebergs, some so blue/turquoise and on a cloudy day the colors are even more dramatic.
Tracy Arm is beautiful, but our ship was not able to get close to either the North or South Glacier so it was anti climactic compared to the drama of Glacier Bay where we cruised very close to the Glacier all day. Unless you are able to take a smaller tour deep into the Fiord I recommend Glacier Bay-most cruises do one or the other but not both.
On the fourth day we berthed at Juneau, the capital of AK. I visited the quilt shop in town called Changing Tides where I purchased another Lisa Moore pattern [to add to the one I bought last trip!]
It is possible to take a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier, and trek about, and there's a visitor center with local area information.
The next port of call was Sitka, called Archangel under Russian rule [before "Seward's Folly", LOL].
Here DH and I visited the Raptor Center, a hospital and rehab center for raptors, mainly Bald Eagles. It isn't possible to do justice to this facility without lengthy explanations and pictures but you can get a lot from visiting their website. We hiked the two miles round trip rather than ride the bus, even though the weather was inclement. The rest of the family took a tour that visited several other sites including Fortress Of The Bear and the Totem National Park.
We ate lunch at The Pub, fish and chips, what else!
A few brews too of course............
I paid a visit to Abby's Reflection quilt shop where I purchased a nice set of FQ's that I can't show yet because they are a gift for a friend!
Next stop, Ketchikan, where we only had a few hours so we stayed around the dock area. Fortunately that is where most of the town seems to be located including the quilt shop!
The very helpful sales lady consented to a photo.I remembered the shop well from the previous visit and since then it has expanded, about doubled in size, tourist trade must be very profitable!
The first Lisa Moore pattern still unused.......