Skypilots

Skypilots

Skypilots
December 2014

This is made up of Surprise Package quilt blocks, I think. For Christmas last year, I got a quilting block and pattern-a-day calendar, which has given me a lot of quilt ideas this year. The design I was following said it was this pattern, but when I went out and looked on the Internet at other quilts that are supposedly the Surprise Package design, boy are they different than this! But, this is what I like about quilting – it is a form of art and everyone interprets it in their own way.

So why the name Skypilots? Backpacking in California’s Sierra Nevada’s is unparalleled, and I have backpacked many a well known trail or two including Milford Track in New Zealand and part of the northern Appalachian Trail. What never fails to amaze me in the Sierra’s is that such beauty endures in this harsh environment. The picture here is of Skypilots that were growing out of a crack in the granite on Pinchot Pass at an elevation of over 12,000 feet, which is in the Alpine zone, living much of the year below a deep snow pack. I did not change the orientation of the picture – this is exactly how they looked.

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The colors I chose for the quilt reminded me of Skypilots, so the name seemed fitting. Most of the fabrics were leftovers from my past projects, while the lavender sashing was from Granny.

I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in January 2015.

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First Star I See Tonight

First star I see tonight

First Star I See Tonight
December 2014

I am not sure of the name for this quilt pattern, but liked the design and thought it would work well for the fabrics I had chosen. Sometimes I begin the design process by choosing fabrics from my plentiful supply of leftovers and donations, or I might start by finding an interesting pattern that I want to try out, or I might choose fabrics to match one of the fleece backing pieces that I have on hand.

The blue star fabric was a donation from Jamie’s friend, while the light blue fabric was leftover from the edge binding on Reflecting on 42º. I think the color palette works well for a boy’s quilt. If you haven’t noticed, I try to alternate girl/boy for the quilts since they are going to foster kids. Doing quilts for boys is always trickier trying to find a fabric that isn’t too fussy (i.e. feminine).

I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in December 2014.

Australian couple have fostered 380 kids over 40 years!

I quite by accident came across this article today, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/christine-loftss-mighty-record-40-years-of-fostering-380-children/story-fni0cx12-1227152849310 and felt that it certainly deserved an out-of-the-norm post for me!

Christine and her husband Ian have fostered over 380 children, many being special needs youngsters – suffering from autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. She was honored last night, earning the National Pride of Australia Care and Compassion Medal.

Way to go Christine and Ian!

Love is Like Gluons

Love is like gluons

Love is Like Gluons
December 2014

This is made up of probably the biggest blocks I have ever made. There are a total of four Red Cross blocks, each about 20″ square! Since I wanted to optimize displaying the pretty white flowers, a donation fabric from Amber, I needed to go big – so big I went! The picture really doesn’t do justice to the flower fabric: in person, the flowers look like they were drawn with a Spirograph, or sort of like an atom nucleus.

The black fabric was in the bag of donation fabric from Jamie’s friend, while the white background fabric was new. The center black fabric piece is some leftover fabric from my Lovely Flower Baskets in the Windows quilt from August 2013.

I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in December 2014.