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29th-Dec-2013 08:49 pm - Still on WordPress
Every once in a while, I post something here, just to keep the blog active. Don't ask why, I don't know. Probably the same reason I eat leftovers. Just in case. To stave off disaster. Whatever.

I'm still blogging at WordPress though, so head on over there if you're looking for my quilting blog.


Redwork patterns can be found on my stitching and CQ blog. Click on RHE in the tags on the sidebar.
26th-Feb-2013 09:52 pm - Wordpress blog
It's been since July of last year that I've been blogging on Wordpress instead of livejournal. It was different, but I like it. I'm still there at desertskyquilts.wordpress.com. I'd still be here but for the hassle with uploading pictures, so I'm going to upload one now and see if that problem has ever been solved.


That worked just fine. This is my latest American Hero quilt top finish.
30th-Jul-2012 02:00 pm - Trying WordPress
The whole photo upload thing is driving me crazy, so I'm trying out wordpress, and all of my posts have been transferred.

Desertsky Quilting - check it out and see what you think. I'm still learning how to use all the features, so it will be a while before it's where I want it to be, but I'm more or less happy with it. Prepare for weird experiments. =) Leave a comment over there and let me know what you think. There is a follow-by-e-mail button down toward the bottom of the sidebar.
26th-Jul-2012 12:39 pm - Hour #2
It took an hour to trim all blocks to the same size (because I started with size issues, being smaller), 12.5", then sew them together. I really like the way it looks. With Lillian supporting my inclination, I went with the light ones in the center. It seems to bring out the black angles more.

The black is a batik "scrap" from a scrapbag I bought from Dakota Cabin Quilts a couple of years ago. It was just enough to get the six blocks I needed, though there's another scrap that's almost the same and 1/3 yard, so I may use that as one of the borders. I'm thinking purple will show up in a border, too. The other fabrics are batik samples donated to me by a friend. There are quite a few purple/lavender ones. Thinking about those will probably take up all of Hour #3!

Now to figure out borders, but maybe not until Monday. Tomorrow, I'm taking two children of a friend who needs time to pack. We're going to lunch, the library, and a movie. Wish me luck. =)

Click to enlarge picture.
25th-Jul-2012 11:24 am - Finally Some Sewing!
This is an hour's worth of work, based on the post from Sew Bitter Sweet. This is Melissa's Flying Arrows Quilt tutorial, and it will be an American Heroes Quilt.

My batik samples that were donated determined the size of the squares I could cut - 13" instead of Melissa's 15, so this is going to be smaller. I may mess around with making it a rectangle, or I may just add lots of border. Do you like the lights in the corners or in the center?

25th-Jul-2012 12:09 am - 52 Photos: White
The prompt for this week's photo from is White.

Flowers growing in a border along the walkway
City of Rocks, Lemmon, South Dakota
17th-Jul-2012 06:04 pm - Finished AmHero Teen Quilt
It's been a long while since I was here! I was gone for a week to girls camp, and that was a phenomenal experience. Today is the first time I got to sew since I came home Friday. There were peaches to be canned on Friday and Saturday, and yesterday was just plain busy. So, here's the little bit I finished today. Just added a row in between the two green areas - it was too many dinosaurs in one spot! There's still a problem upload pictures, and I'm wondering if it's ever, ever going to be fixed!

Yes, it's a little bit of a wonky quilt, but I think someone will love it. =) Wish I could quilt it with dinosaurs in the yellow blocks and trees in the blue fabrics and, and, and ....
4th-Jul-2012 01:00 pm - 52 Photos:
The prompt for this week's photo from is A Different Pathway.

Here's my entry:

Mogollon Rim, Arizona

4th-Jul-2012 01:20 am - Happy Birthday, USA!
It's another wonderful anniversary of the birth of the United States. It was a hotly contested birth, involving, as most births do, blood and pain. I often contemplate the men and women who did so much to bring about this country. Sometimes I wonder what they would think of what we've done with their work.

There are many of the founding fathers and mothers I admire and respect, and I can't pick any one out of the crowd as a favorite. We needed the combination of philosophies and talents working together to create this great nation, this great experiment in people governing themselves, as we were created to do. However, over and over again, I come back to one thought. There is one man who could have derailed the entire plan, had he been a different sort.

I am always grateful for George Washington. He was the right man at the right place, in the right time. Most men had such a fragile grasp on the concept of liberty and self-rule. Washington, fortunately, had a firm grasp. He had no desire to be king, and no desire to be freed of the rule of kings only to establish such a rule in this country. He was elected twice as president, with 100% of the vote in his favor, and he did everything with an eye to the fact that he was setting precedents for what the presidency of the new republic would be.

The Prayer at Valley Forge, by Arnold Friberg

I have always loved this painting, since the first time I saw it. Friberg was an LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) artist. He died July 1, 2010, at almost 97. He did mostly religious and patriotic paintings, and among his work were paintings advertising the movie, The Ten Commandments, earning him an Academy Award nomination. This painting from the mid-70s is probably his most famous and well-known outside the church, though he painted both Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales, and did a popular advertising campaign for Chevrolet.

It is fitting that I use this painting by Friberg in a post about America's birthday. Not only was the birth of our nation a bloody and controversial event, but keeping that republic free has involved us in other bloody and controversial events. Friberg himself joined the Army in World War II, turning down a captaincy for drawing recruitment posters, and instead going to the front lines. He was willing to pay the price sometimes required to keep a nation free.

In this painting, a scene that has been documented and has been painted by others in different ways, Washington is praying for his troops and his country, and we don't know entirely all that he prayed over at that moment. This man, a future president, the first president of our country, was not afraid to ask for God's help. I'm sure this wasn't the first time he prayed over the events of which he was such a large part, nor was it the last time.

I'm not afraid to pray for my country, or her troops, either. I do it often. On this happy birthday, the 236th one, I pray especially hard for the future of our great republic, that it may return to being a republic. I pray for the troops who are protecting the home ground from positions all over the planet, that the training they have received will be at the forefront of their minds, and they will be alert and watchful, that they may be safe from harm. I pray that their families at home will be comforted and protected as they wait for the return of fathers and husbands, brothers and sons, mothers and wives, sisters and daughters. I pray that if they do give the last full measure, their sacrifice will not be in vain or taken lightly. I pray that those of us protected by such sacrifices will always remember and honor those who make them.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
2nd-Jul-2012 12:56 am - Operation Wood Hollow Updated
Maybe it's going to be called the Phoenix Project! That would be a great name for rising from the ashes of these horrible wildfires that are all over the west. If the heatwave continues in the east, we may have a few ourselves. Fireworks are being cancelled in a lot of east Tennessee towns.

Changes have been posted on Having Fun Quilting. Go check out how she's made a good idea into a GREAT idea and think about how you can help make it work.

I'll be posting pictures of blocks I'm sending her later this week, and trying to make a complete quilt top, too. I'll bet I can come up with something!


Or something like this:

Or maybe something else I dig out of a box or closet somewhere.

What can you send?
27th-Jun-2012 12:49 am - 52 Photos: Finding Release
The prompt for this week's photo from is Release. What do you do to lighten up? How do you let go of the stressors of your day?

I take pictures for Release! I can pick up the camera and be lost for an hour without even realizing it. Here's one of my favorites, from the Lake Walk at Cattleman's Restaurant, east of El Paso, Texas. I think it could be called "Serenity."

25th-Jun-2012 06:47 pm - Teen Quilt
Before you read my post, or look at my quilts, please go read about Operation Wood Hollow. The object is to help with the making of quilts for 29 families who lost their homes in this fire. Thank you.

A few days ago, Tuesday I think, I posted a picture of some assorted pieces on the floor, with big gaps where there was nothing that fit. It was destined to be a teen quilt for American Hero Quilts, and it still is. I'm second guessing now. Will a teenager want cute dinosaurs? Someone will, I suppose.

That last row isn't sewn on, because I'm not sure I don't need something else in here. I'll think about that tomorrow, though.

Here are some 25-patch blocks I made for a quilt moving along at a snail's pace:

This is the next Child of a Hero quilt. Remember when I said I accidentally made 25 patches and I needed 20 patches? This includes those and what I added to them. It looks like the beginning of Fading Charms, but it isn't, quite. It's Happy Weekender influenced by Fading Charms. As in, I'm using 2.5" squares instead of 5" charm pack squares.

And here's the Fading Charms with no further work done:

Do you remember what music you played as a teenager - the piece that drove your parents insane? I grew up in the wonderfully eclectic 60s rock, but my favorite piece of music wasn't ever played on KTKT out of downtown Tucson. No. It was a Classical piece. I played it so often, over and over, that hearing it today takes me right back there to that time and place. My dad eventually took the record and hid it one night. So sad! While other parents were complaining about the Beatles at full volume, my poor parents were going deaf with Ravel's Bolero, long before Bo Derek ever heard of it. I still love that piece of music!
23rd-Jun-2012 07:35 pm - What's on the Deck?
Since this was one of those weeks when I either had no quilting time, or made the wrong block, we'll have to wait until next week for something finished. However, I do have this to share.

I made most of the top during a workshop with Sharyn Craig at Road to California. That was quite a few years ago. It sat around, unfinished for some time, and then I handed it off to Moira to complete my design.

She did a great job, and I sent it to my friend Vicki Finchum to quilt for me. That was a few years back, even. Maybe five? The backing was a lucky batik find at Bernina Connection in Phoenix, I think. I've been in a lot of Bernina stores, and almost all of them are very good. Gina's, here in Knoxville, is excellent. Still, The Bernina Connection is outstanding, and has been recognized by Bernina for that, over the years.

Still one of my favorite quilts.

LJ has changed the way it does photos, and there's a bug in the system, so when uploading all I get is error messages. Hopefully, they will sort that out soon, because I can't put up pictures that can be clicked to be larger now. I don't know how it affects the old pictures I already had up in posts, though. Movies are gone, I think.
20th-Jun-2012 02:41 pm - Wandering
Do you ever wander on the internet? Just start someplace and follow links to here, there and yonder? I do, probably way too often!


Today, I wandered over to this pinterest and found some great ideas for old yardsticks. Of course, I no longer HAVE any old yardsticks! I'll have to begin collecting them again, because you know I NEED to make a yardstick project! I'm going to check my old patio chairs to see if this would work for new seats for them. What do you think? Can you imagine these with yardsticks as seats?

Cherry and Grape Tomato updates:

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