Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

Hello Quilters!
First of all........I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year!
It seems my blog is getting more and more neglected these days so I appreciate those of you that have stuck with me anyway.  I'll try and do better in 2015.
2014 was a challenging year with the tornado hitting our house in July and a medical diagnosis that shook me up as well as the death of my Mom in September.  Looks like 2015 has nowhere to go but up!
2014 was a year of travel too.  All good things there as Hubby and I love nothing more than to explore the world!  PARIS was definitely a highlight!
I was able to accompany Hubby on a photo tour of Death Valley in December.  What a surprise that the desert has so much colour inspiration!  The photo below was taken while riding horseback through the valley.  Luckily, I was the only one to sign up for the two hour ride so it was just the guide and myself.  Once he realized I was very comfortable riding horses, we really enjoyed ourselves.

We had one warm day so I took advantage of the thermal spring -fed pool!

My teaching schedule is quite light for the next couple of months so I'm hoping to get some quality studio time and accomplish great things...............AND reduce the stash! 
 Below is my version of the Metro Rings Quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler.  The pattern is very well written and the ruler works like a charm.  This will be a workshop in the Spring.  Unfortunately, I was working on this while away on a quilt retreat and there was some red wine accidentally spilled on the blocks as I had them laying out on the floor.  So.....the quilt should have one more row on the bottom.  The dangers of quilt retreats!  Oh well, accidents happen!

I'm playing with a paper pattern that was in the December issue of Quiltermaker Magazine designed by Anita Grossman Solomon.  We saw her demonstrate this method while in Houston so I thought I'd play with some solid scraps and see what I can make of them.  Anita's methods are so clever and accurate.  You might enjoy her workshop on Craftsy.

I'm starting another photo-realistic quilt that should take me a few months to complete.  Here's the beginning and I'll keep you posted with my progress.  Three wolves in the snow is what I will be trying to depict.  Wish me luck!
Pattern drawn and labelled for value.

Fabric selections.

Our son is home and our daughter and her boyfriend will be arriving tomorrow afternoon.  The gifts are wrapped and under the tree.  I've been cooking and baking for days so I think we are ready for the next couple of days of enjoying each other's company and eating lots of goodies!

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