I tried something different with the batik and solid hexagons that I have been sewing in the evenings over the past year. Instead of the traditional flower form, I chose random colors and sewed them into strips, then sewed the strips together. It's funny how the hand sewing seemed like such a big deal when I first started working with hexies as it was much slower than I was used to ( I sew with my machine pedal pushed to the floor ;-). Now I find that it's rather peaceful to sew each hexie together and to watch the quilt build one piece at a time, knowing that it gets done when it gets done.
This small quilt was hand quilted using a neutral thread. I dyed the quilt back by pushing the cotton fabric into a small yogurt container filled with dye solution and then letting it sit for 24 hours without agitation. This small quilt is now hanging on my front door and it's a cheery burst of color that welcomes us home.
I've wanted to create new quilts for my studio walls in different colors (no more blue!) and I've been thinking of what appeals to me. Right now I'm really liking solids and batiks, so online I found a couple of neat Kona cotton fat quarter collections that I ordered in various purples and pinks.
I'm hand quilting the lady of the lake quilt using big stitches and perle cotton. It's coming along nicely and I'm hoping to sew the binding on soon.
This past weekend I was hiking with my family up at Bogus Basin where we were able to escape the heat in the valley. It's so awesome that Bogus is close to Boise! We hiked trail 91 to where it connects with trail 98, which in turn goes around the mountain providing great views and a nice hike. There were many other hikers and mountain bikers out enjoying the day on the mountain so the word is out that this is a fun trail to do.
We caught views of wildflowers
|Western Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)|
|Small-flowered Paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora)|
|White Mariposa Lily (Calochortus eurycarpus)|
and butterflies along the trail.
Max found a trickle of water to roll in, cooling himself off. Then he was all set to keep on hiking-
|He's smelling the cheeseburgers now, pulling me along faster and faster.|
|A very dusty Max|
Bogus Basin had their grills fired up which we could smell as we were finishing the hike down towards the ski lodge. Mmmmmm, that just smelled simply too good to resist, so we sat outside in the shade with our dogs, polishing off delicious cheeseburgers while watching the other hikers/mountain bikers coming down the mountain. What an awesome way to spend a day!
Maybe we'll see you on the trail next time....
Judy & Max