Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Hi all - I've been meaning to blog and life just got in the way!  Took a mini-vacation to my house in Gold Country and then went over the mountains to Reno to see my grandkids.  Highway 108 over Sonora Pass is a road that is only open a few months a year and now I understand is so narrow and curvy and the pass is 9600 feet.  They were working on the road and then it started to rain and lightening.  Yikes - I was so happy when I got down from there and hit US 395.  Thought it would be smooth sailing from there - but first more road work and then miles of stopped traffic.  What the heck had happened and more importantly how the heck was I going to get to Reno?  So it turns out there was a flash flood and the entire highway was submerged, plus a mud slide from a hill that fell down with huge boulders and trees.  I back tracked to a Best Western and learned that I could either go back over the mountains through another pass called Kit Carson pass (also only open a few months a year) or drive east and then north up to Reno.  I went out east and eventually made it to Reno at 7:00 p.m. rather than the 4:00 p.m. I expected.  Did you know that much of Nevada looks like you are on the moon?  Well, at least that's how I felt as I drove through desolate moonscape/landscape on my way to Reno.  This was an adventure that I would happily have skipped!

I have not gotten much done in the way of quilting because of my adventures on the moon, but did manage to pick up my finished Spiderman and the Avengers quilts to bring to my little boys - who were so thrilled to get them!  Here they are:


 Other than the color around the Spiderman blocks, I made the quilts identical so that there would be less to fight about.

Thanks to a brilliant suggestion by Ruth Beebe, I had my long arm quilter Dee Small add spiderweb quilting to the quilts.  This is a close up and you might be able to see the quilting a little better on the back (again identical). 

Yes, that is a label on the back of the quilt - can you believe it?  It's not very fancy but the little boys were very pleased with the fact that each of their quilts had their name on the label. Small pleasures!

I did also spend some time photographing two of my quilts and then submitting my photographs to New Quilts of Northern California for the exhibit at PIQF in October.  I don't know whether one of my quilts will be selected for the show.  I did have one selected last year and it was so fun to see my work hanging at a big quilt show!  One of my friends from the BAM guild and I are going to photograph our quilts using a hanging system that she had installed in her loft with the hope that we will obtain more professional results.  I would like to submit a quilt or two to QuiltCon, but need good photos. 

I'm going to get back to quilting now that I'm home.  Have a number of projects in the works.  More about that later...

Aaaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.

1 comment:

  1. How nice to give the boys there quilts in person - they must have been thrilled. Sorry that the trip was not a smooth sailing one -can you imagine making that trek in a covered wagon? Fingers crossed for your PIQF entry, my goal is to have something to submit next year.