Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Scrappy Mountain Majesties is coming along nicely.  Only two rows completed so far and they still need to be pressed before I can join them.  My time is running out to get them all done before leaving Idaho Friday, but just maybe I'll reach that goal.

Ever since Monday I've been thinking about that cute little scarecrow and his buddies that I want to make next (see my post below).  I need a break from big projects.
Here is a picture of where we have spent our summer as campground managers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This is my first time joining a link party so I hope I'm doing it right.  If not, please let me know what I'm doing wrong.  Be sure to visit Connie at Freemotion by the River.

I have been working to get this finished before leaving Idaho Friday and heading to Yellowstone for a few days of rest and relaxation after working since April as Campground Managers at a campground on Lake Pend Orielle (pronounced Pond a Ray).  I'm hoping to finish these last few blocks today and get them sewn together by Thursday.  I'm making it out of men's shirts that I acquired at thrift stores since last summer.  It will be gifted to my Grandson, Cole, who lives in Colorado and is an avid snowboarder.  The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter and is called Scrappy Mountain Majesties

I visited a favorite quilt shop in Clark Fork yesterday to take some scrap batting for the local guild to use for dog beds which will be given to the animal shelter.  I also had to say goodbye to Pam who was a great inspiration to me over the summer and provided me with lots of ideas and help.  While there I saw this pattern and had to get it.  One of my many future projects is to make some banners to hang out when we settle down.  This one will be for one of the fall months, which are my favorite.  Bloomin' Minds out of Council Bluffs, IA has some wonderful patterns so be sure to check them out.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Internet connection has been horrible this past week.  Actually, it has been nonexistent, therefore, no updates.  I finished my granddaughter's quilt and I've very pleased with it.  Our sunsets have been very, very red due to tall the fires in the area.  Right now the Clark Fork fire is 12 miles from us and extremely smokey.

The label reads "Lightning Strikes pieced (2014) and quilted (2015) by Jennifer Wiltrout for my beautiful Granddaughter, Dakotah McGinlay"

I'm still working away at Scrappy Mountain Majesties for my Grandson, Cole.  It is slow going as I'm having to square up the blocks, then cut them into 2" strips and sew them back in the proper order to make the mountains.  I've slowed down a bit as I want it to be done.  The goal now is to get them all cut and sewn into the "new" blocks before leaving Idaho for Denver which is this Friday. 
Most of our campers are leaving today, but tomorrow I'll be headed to town with our Area Manager to do the banking and campground shopping.  Tuesday I cover my campground and two others and then Wednesday I cover mine and one other.  Wednesday is our last day working and then Thursday we do all our final shopping and getting propane and fuel so we can head out early on Friday.  Hoping the fires do not cause us to take an alternate route to Yellowstone.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Work in Progress

I'll be finishing the quilting on this today and hope to get the binding finished by Monday or Tuesday.  It's a birthday gift for my wonderful granddaughter, Dakotah, who will be turning 20 this fall. 

The pattern is Lightning Strikes by Chris Timmins from Grafton, Australia. 
I started it while we were volunteers at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Armagosa Valley, Nevada and finished piecing it at the Preferred RV Resort in Pahrump, Nevada.  Now we are campground hosts at Sam Owen Campground in Hope, ID where I'll finish it.  Next we head to Morrison, Colorado for my son's wedding when I'll gift it to Dakotah.  You might say it is already a well traveled quilt.
Backing and quilting on Lightning Strikes:
We are slowly preparing for our trip to Colorado with a planned three day stop at Yellowstone National Park.  I'm thinking I should be able to find a quilt shop somewhere in the vicinity.  Any suggestions?