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Design wall Monday

My latest scrap squad project will be posted Friday.

I pulled some really old fabrics from when the local quilt store was first open (now deceased).

When I was finished with the top, I sewed all the leftovers into the backing. I first sewed all the scraps together, but there were not enough of them to make much. I cut apart the remaining panel, and used strips of scraps and such to bring them up to about 16”. I then joined them with fabrics I had pulled but not used on the front, and made it big enough for a backing. I love what happened with the triangles! I was a bit worried about  how it would quilt, but it just wasn’t a problem. Here’s the back – you can see the front on Friday on the Quilty Pleasures blog. Right now the link will take to you the wonderful Christmas quilt made from the same pattern.

The top bulk is the hanging sleeve, just pinned on.
Happy Quilting,

Finishing vacation

Our final train trip this timewas in Leadville, CO, one of the highest places to live. I didn’t have as much trouble breathing here, I think I was becoming acclimated. Our train ride included an area that had a forest fire last year, and erosion. I was amazed at the tenacity of the trees even when their roots we so exposed. I loved the wild flowers as well. The old freight station was appropriately labeled with a quilt block!
Leadville has a really old Opera House that we visited, but it still needs a lot of reclamation work. There is an antique mall in a very old Hardware Store that is intriguing. It still has all the old drawers, shelves and ladders that were part of every hardware store ages ago.
The only quilt store in Leadville is a vintage store. There’s no place to buy the latest fabrics there. This store – I forgot to take a picture – had old quilt tops, fabrics, embroidery, thimbles, sewing items – the list goes on and on. DH found something there and I bought a silver thimble …

School has started!!

What a busy summer! Little people (not really very little anymore) were about and had to be taxied to various activities such as work, dentist, dance, and other fun things.

In between, we took a vacation to Colorado to ride old trains and visit quilt shops. What a wonderful combination.

This was the first train trip – the Royal Gorge. We sat in the Vista Dome car and had brunch while admiring the beautiful surroundings.  The forest fires earlier this summer burned all the buildings at each end of the bridge, but looking up at it from train level, I didn’t think I would miss it at all. I loved watching all the people rafting or tubing down the rivers. I must try this.
Canon City had two smaller quilt stores. This one, nearly across from the train was appropriately marked. The other one was in the old downtown, and had about every Accuquilt template you could ever want. I controlled myself, and only fat quarters and fabric pens came along at this point.