Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Stars and Stripes

I've made a few small quilts to hide the none to attractive fireplace in the family room-kitchen.  When I saw the new flag quilt pattern from Thimbleblossoms by Camille, I felt inspired to make another fireplace quilt.  My quilt is based on Camille's but I changed out some measurements to make it fit my space.

I had fat eighth bundles of American Jane fabric on hand.  I had also recently discovered a two yard cut of the cream fabric in a dresser drawer so I was set to go.  The only thing I had to go to the store for was the batting.  The binding was scrappy and made from the remainders of the blue fabric.

The reds, blues, and low volume fabrics came from a couple of American Jane's lines.

So patriotic and fun!

I loved all those different blues.

The piece of cream fabric gave its all for this quilt.  There were literally just a hand full of scraps left.  I wanted to make a sleeve on back to hang the quilt on my tension bar which fits into the fireplace space.  The only big enough piece left was one with the selvedge.  I sewed the top in under the binding and then used the pinholes in the selvedge to stitch it down on the backing.

I cross stitched it down leaving the fringed edge.  So cute!

I found some extra blue fabric to sew down the center of the backing as my quilt was wider than the width of the fabric.  I hand stitched on a label.

These blues were also included in the scrappy binding.  I machine quilted it on my Bernina 750 sewing machine using the long wavy stitch on the flags.

I love this quilt.  It has been up for a week now and next year it will definitely be out by Flag Day in June!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hubbell Trading Post

On our last trip to Arizona, we traveled through the east side of the Navajo Reservation.  I have wanted to visit the Hubbell Trading Post for years and finally had an opportunity, but just barely.  We arrived within 45 minutes of closing time.

We made our way inside to a trading post that was founded in 1876 by John Lorenzo Hubbell. 

These walls have been standing for over 110 years.

Some additions have been added over the years but this part is the oldest.

It is still an operating trading post but is also part of the National Park Service.

With the sun falling to the west, there was light streaming through the windows.

There was a bit of everything.

Yes, everything.

A painting of Hubbell.  He lived a very interesting life and died in 1930.

I found myself taking many pictures.  Different rooms highlighted different wares.

This stable/barn is attached on the south side.

A doorway big enough for a wagon.

The trading post is located near Ganado, Apache County, Arizona.  A visitor's center is located to the east of the trading post.  An active wash lies to the west of the buildings and garden and this constant source of water made this location possible.

The visitor's center has information and exhibits.

Upon leaving the center, I walked to the west side of the trading post.  This is where the Hubbell family lived in the early 1900's and tours are given but we had arrived too late to participate.  I would loved to go inside someday.

The gate into these private living quarters includes Hubbell's initials.

The soothing front porch.  Notice the newly planted garden through the screen.

The main entrance.

And a view of the west side of the building.  It is a large single story structure.

Hubbell built a guest house north of the house for company.

It is built in the shape of a Navajo hogan.

This was a fun and worthwhile stop.  I recommend it.

The Hubbell Trading Post is a few miles north of the Interstate 40.  The Petrified Forest National Park is a few miles south of the 40.  There were a few pieces of petrified wood on the north side of the trading post.  For those living in Arizona, both locations would make a great day trip.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Author signings

I enjoyed two author presentations and signings last month.  David Wiesner was the presenter at the Provo Book Festival.

I purchased his book, Mr. Wuffles, for my grandson's birthday.  I thought he would enjoy it as it had a cat and he has a cat.  There were also aliens and flying saucers.

This was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2014.  David Wiesner has received several Caldcott awards for his picture books which he illustrates as well as writes.  It was a wonderful evening.

Later in the month I traveled to the King's English in Salt Lake City to see Susan Branch in person.

She also writes and illustrates her own books but they are for adults and enjoyed by others who are mostly like me!  Did I mention that there were several quilters in line.  She started with illustrated cookbooks.  Her last three books have been her life story.  She is one of a kind!  I, of course, had her sign all three of her lastest books as well as the first cookbook I ever bought, Christmas from the Heart of the Home.  I loved that cookbook with its charming quotes, beautiful paintings, and excellent recipes.  It made my Christmas 25 years ago.  It is always fun to meet someone you have admired from afar.

It's all about the weather

I was able to attend my grandson's school play in May.  It was about the weather and cute as can be.

He was a storyteller.  That is him in the blue shirt.

Not only were all the parts well played but the songs and singing were incredible.  So much to memorize!

Great job!  And now you know all about the weather!