Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer, It's Time for The Locks, that's the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

100 years ago, The Locks and Ship Canal were built by Seattle and the Corps of Engineers as a commercial navigation route. 
Today the Hiram M. Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks are the Nation's busiest with nearly 50,000 vessels/yr. "locking through". Boats can lock thru 24 hours/day, except during maintenance.

No fees are charged for visitors, commercial ships or private boats.  Even guided tours and summer concerts are free.

Next year is the Centennial year, so it's time to replace some 100 year old parts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Leather Roller Foot

Made to sew leather gloves, this foot has exceptional maneuverability which makes it a great “training wheel” foot to use in free motion quilting.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dyeing Fabric

I especially love the subtle differences I get with dyed fabric.
I love to dye fabric, I am not a precise dyer by any means, and know I will never be able to get the same results twice. I'm okay with that. Here is the results for a day of dying green.
Over dying commercial fabrics. This was a silver on white geometric. The back is on the left, the front on the right. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers add brilliant color and beauty to the landscape through the heat of summer and until frost, with only minimum care. Summer is a time of beauty and abundance with Summer Flowers in the garden.

I'm a flower lover, whose heart beats faster in summertime.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joining Together Quilt Batting

If you make lots of quilts, you have lots of small left over pieces of batting. Seems like a waste. I have been joining small pieces of batting together for years.
The good news is that joining together quilt batting is very easy. It can be done by hand or machine. In either case the batting should not be overlapped. It should just come together. Use a neutral cotton thread.

Zig zag and undulating stitches (I used red thread for the photos)
I join low loft (usually cotton) batting together by machine. Using a walking foot, select the largest setting you have for zig- zag stitch and sew the batting together. My machine has as wonderful undulating stitch, it works too.

The front of the stitching
 For puffer batts I prefer to join them by hand. Thread a large needle with a neutral cotton thread. Simply secure the thread at the top of the two pieces to be joined and sew an ‘X’ stitch.
The back of the stitching

Friday, July 15, 2016

Looking for Inspiration

Where do you look for inspiration? I look at my notebooks, and pictures...any pictures. It isn't uncommon to find me on the couch in front of the TV after dinner with my tablet, surfing the web, looking at pictures.

I look at colors for quilts, lines for the quilting, and I confess it is doubly fun to relive my memories. Inspiration can come from anywhere!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Susan Brubaker Knapp

I love to attend my guild, Evergreen Piecemakers meetings. I am so inspired by other quiltmakers and how they approach their work. Tonight it was Susan Brubaker Knapp. She, is a fiber artist, quilt designer, teacher, author, and host of Quilting Arts Television.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Eclectic Maryhill

American Indian art, including baskets and beadwork from the Columbia Plateau region.

Memorabilia associated with the dancer Loïe Fulle

Friday, July 8, 2016

Maryhill, the Theatre of Fashion

Théâtre de la Mode (Theatre of Fashion) was a 1945–1946 touring exhibit of fashion mannequins, approximately 1/3 the size of human scale, crafted by top Paris fashion designers. It was created to raise funds for war survivors and to help revive the French fashion industry in the aftermath of World War II. The original Théâtre de la Mode exhibit toured Europe and then the United States, and is now part of the permanent collections of the Maryhill Museum of Art.

The French fashion industry was an important economic and cultural force in Paris when World War II began. There were 70 registered couture houses in Paris, and many other smaller designers. The war had a severe impact on the industry. Couturiers and buyers fled occupied France or closed their businesses. Clothing businesses that struggled to remain open had to deal with extreme shortages of cloth, thread, and other sewing supplies. The occupying Germans intended to displace Paris with Berlin as a center of European fashion design. The Nazi regime planned to turn Berlin and Vienna into the centers of European couture, with head offices there and an official administration, introducing subsidies for German clothing makers, and demanding that important people in the French fashion industry be sent to Germany to establish a dressmaking school there. Couture's place in France's economy was key to this plan: an exported dress made by one of France's leading couturiers was said to be worth "ten tonnes of coal", and a litre of fine French perfume was worth "two tonnes of petrol".

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Road Trip ... Maryhill Museum of Art, Maryhill, WA

MaryhillMuseumFront.jpgMaryhill Museum of Art is a small museum with an eclectic collection. Maryhill is named after the wife and daughter of regional icon Sam Hill, who purchased land and envisioned a community there shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Hill used his Maryhill property to build the first paved roads in the Pacific Northwest, the Maryhill Museum of Art (originally intended as a grand residence for the Hills). Born a Quaker, Hill hoped to attract a Quaker community to eastern Washington. His plans never materialized, and the town buildings he constructed burned down several years later. The unfinished museum building was dedicated on November 3, 1926, and opened to the public on Hill's birthday (May 13) in 1940. 

Plaster sculpture by Auguste Rodin

The Minotaur by by Auguste Rodin

Monday, July 4, 2016

The 4th of July

July 4th is all about celebrating who we are as a country. Let's celebrate who we are as quilt makers and label our quilts!

A personalized label is the "signature" of the quilt maker. Personalize your quilts in a way that will enhance their value and create a legacy for future generations.