Saturday, September 8, 2012

Relaxing, Shopping & Quilting

Hi everyone,  I hope you've had a great start to your weekend.  The weather here has been glorious and sunny; warm but not hot. I understand though that we expect rain by the end of the weekend. The ground could sure use it as we've had far less than our usual rainfall this August. We got a lot of rain in the previous months of May, June and July.

In my last post I said I would share some  photos of my trip south.  I'll share sky photos taken in White Rock, BC at Crescent Beach yesterday, and at Bellingham, Washington (please scroll down for the sky pics).  I'm also sharing my latest "work-in-progress", a lap quilt.

Bits and pieces of fabric were purchased in Washington State on Wednesday and Thursday.  I also purchased a bit of fabric in Kamloops earlier in the week and was eager to get started on my quilt.  I want to make several quilts once this one is finished as I have a fair bit of fabric to use up.  The problem as quilters will know is that you always find more fabric to add to your stash!

The small leaf patterned fabric and the teal blue fabric were purchased in Kamloops when I was there recently.  The geometric Native American design fabric was purchased in Bellingham, Wa.

The brightly patterned black fabric is from mom's fabric stash.  I inherited it just over a year ago. Sadly I had to get rid of a lot of her fabric but I kept some of the pieces I thought I could use soon.

These are the two completed blocks for the quilt. I have completed all the blocks.  The blocks will have a different placement to what you see in the photo and they will be framed by a solid colour.  Though it looks a bit busy now, I think it will all work when I'm done. I was trying to use small bits of fabric and had to adjust my original vision for this quilt.  I may have to buy more fabric for the backing or I may use some muslin fabric which I have on hand.

I took a fabulous trip to White Rock, BC yesterday.  White Rock is very near the BC-Washginton State border.  There I soaked up the sounds of waves on the shore at Crescent Beach before heading south to Washington for shopping.

The first 5 photos are taken at White Rock's Crescent Beach.  It was a hot and hazy day so the conditions were not ideal for taking photos.

 






This is the approach to Bellingham, Wa. from the I-5 freeway. Mt. Baker is in the distance.


I hope you've enjoyed the short tour.  I'll be sharing a lot more scenic photos of my recent travels so please visit again soon.

If you haven't already visited at Skywatch Friday, I encourage you to join in  here to see more glorious skies from around the world.

I also invite you to check out the wedding photos if you haven't already. You can see them here and here.

Enjoy!

32 comments:

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Oh Mt Baker!

Mildred said...

Very nice pieces of fabric and great quilt work!
Beautiful series of photos!
My favorite is the fourth!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Have a nice weekend****

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a beautiful day, I love the shots from the beach and Mt Baker.

Diane said...

I have not quilted for years, wonder if I can remember how to!!!! Love the photos taken at White Rock. Take care Diane

Anonymous said...

Penny,
Hi! It looks like you've been busy. Your quilt pieces are lovely, and enjoyed looking at all of the photos. It amazes me that there are still cowboys amoung us.
I love that Pendelton blanket. My mother will be 77 in November. Have a good week.
Pat

Jan said...

Wonderful quilting. I am trying to imagine how it will look when finished. Love the photo's two. My favourite is number five with the duck in the foreground and the parent and child in the middle. You are very talented with your photography Penny.

Kay L. Davies said...

I think your quilt is going to be lovely, Penny. The black patterned fabric left from your mom's stash is gorgeous.
And I love, love, love your photos of "my beach" and "my view" — when I was still working, I had a cute little house just outside White Rock, and it had a view of Mount Baker from the patio.
So nice the haze cleared so you could see the mountain on your drive south. I don't know how many times I've taken foreign visitors all the way out to the end of the White Rock pier to see if we could "find" Mount Baker, but she was hidden in the haze.
A wonderful post from my point of view, my friend!
Luv, K

Cheri said...

Penny, Thanks for visiting my blog and I have so enjoyed going through yours! Your photos are beautiful and I loved the wedding post. God Bless, Cheri

Pat said...

I really like the gold and turquoise colors in your quilt--they look great together.

The sea and skyscapes are lovely soft colors. Nice captures, Penny!

Farida said...

Quilting looks like fun! I'd like to learn how to that someday and create beautiful pieces of bed sheets :)

Have a great weekend!

Joyful said...

Hi Pat, I meant to make the quilt all gold and turquoise but had to add the black pattern when I realized I didn't have quite enough fabric.

Joyful said...

It's fun. I'm sure you would enjoy it!

Joyful said...

Kay, I'm so happy you enjoyed your view ;-)

Joyful said...

I am so glad there are still cowboys among us. I am also so grateful for the farmers still among us. I'd far rather buy from a small farmer than a big farm corporation. Your mom and my mom are the same age ;-) You have a great week!

Joyful said...

Thank you for dropping by Mildred. I'm glad you like the quilt work so far. Have a wonderful weekend ;-)

Joyful said...

Thank you, Jan. The quilt will look different from my original vision and colour scheme since I did not have enough turquoise and gold fabric. That quilt will have to wait ;-) Thank you for compliments and encouragement on the photography! Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Joyful said...

Cheri, so nice to see you here. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and the wedding. God bless. xx

Joyful said...

Give it a whirl, Diane. I'm sure you can still remember how. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos at White Rock. Get well soon. xx

Joyful said...

Thank you, Eileen. Happy weekend to you.

Joyful said...

Thanks for the visit, Bhavesh. I'm glad you liked Mt. Baker. Sorry I didn't have more photos of it for you.

Nefertiti said...

la mer,se que c est beau !

Joyful said...

oui, la mer, est beau!

JanandJill.com said...

That is too bad you had to get rid of some that you inherited :( I really like that pattern and the tribal print is also very popular right now and I really enjoyed looking at the road trip pics in WA. Looks beautiful! Nice post

xoDale
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Lonicera said...

Have been catching up with your blog, and enjoyed the description of what would have been for me an unusual and fun wedding. Presumably that's the wedding for which you had purchased that lovely dress? Hope you felt special wearing it. Love Canada's wide open spaces, and the photos do show that - beautiful. Quilting must be a very satisfying hobby, creating something beautiful out of little snippets of material which are associated with perhaps a cherished garment or other item... and very therapeutic I should think. I once went to an exhibition of US quilting, in Chepstow, Wales, and was open mouthed at the beauty I saw. But I could never use these gorgeous items, since I would want a 24 hour guard to stop anyone so much as breathing on them...
Caroline

Carole M. said...

I enjoyed reading about your patchwork projects in the making and seeing your lovely fabrics (used to spend a lot of time with this fabric-craft ions ago myself). Also loved your scenery photos with the long pier

Denise said...

Glad you enjoyed your day.

Joyful said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the road pics. xx

Joyful said...

Glad you could catch up Caroline. Yes, you are right about the dress. I felt fabulous in it and unbeknownst to me until I arrived at the wedding, the colour matched perfectly with the weddings colours. I'm glad you enjoy the scenic photos of Canada. I will try to share more over time although these days I don't make cross-Canada trips like I used to. I do love crafting of all kinds, including quilting.

Joyful said...

Thank you Carole, aren't beach scenes fabulous? They are a gift to us ;-)

Joyful said...

Thank you, Denise.

Vores have said...

Hello Joyful
Beautiful pictures you show - I love to see nature pictures from other countries.
├śnser you a good day / good new week :)
Hugs Hanne Bente

Joyful said...

Thank you, Hanne. I'm glad you enjoyed the nature photos ;-)

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