So, you know I went on vacation. Today, I want to talk about the quilt tops that I have have been able to get pieced, a quick bit about my quilts that were in my local fair, and then I’ll share a few more photos of the beautiful area around Newport, Oregon. That way if you only want to see quilts, you can stop when it gets to the scenery, deal? Deal!
The first thing I worked on during my vacation was piecing together my Star Light Star Dark QAL quilt top. It was a lot of fun to play around with the positioning of the stars and blocks, and I am really happy with how the quilt came together. Thanks, Jess @Quilty Habit, for such a fun quilt along! I have a lot of quilt tops to quilt, but hopefully I can get this one finished up soon.
Renee and I make up half of the Blue Moon Quilters group, and we are making a 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt. Earlier in August, Renee, Afton, and I were able to get together and cut all the fabric for the paper piecing. I’m glad I was able to be there for that because my initial pattern writing was wrong for many of the pre-cut piecing sizes we would need (too small – eek!), but with a bit of scrambling we were able make it work. Renee and I took the 2 larger block sizes for the Storm at Sea based pattern design and we were able to get all the 92 paper piecing blocks complete. We even sewed together the sub-assembly units that will be needed when it is time to piece the quilt top. I am really excited to see this continue to evolve. Many thanks to our sponsors Michael Miller fabrics, who provided the wonderful Cotton Couture fabric we are piecing with, and Aurifil, for supplying piecing and quilting thread!
I did a few other secret sewing projects that I’ll be able to share with you soon. Once that was all complete, I had enough time to get all of the piecing done for the QDAD QuiltCon Challenge quilt, Downstream. It isn’t a pieced quilt top, yet, but it will be soon! You can also see our sewing setup in this photo. I’d like to thank Renee for letting me borrow a small travel sewing machine for the trip.
Since I have been home, I have also been able to sew together the Lucent Baby quilt top. In fact, it is currently loaded on my long arm and will hopefully be finished soon! So… if you want to count, I have *gulp* quite a few quilts ready to be quilted right now:
- Plus Banner quilt top
- 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop charity quilt top
- Snowflake Shimmer in Blue
- Star Light Star Dark
- …and Downstream is nearly ready
Hopefully I’ll have some fun finishes to be sharing in the upcoming weeks!
While I was away, my local fair was held. I am sad that I was not able to go and see my quilts on display (I entered The Humans are Dead and Snowflake Shimmer in Gray). Thankfully a friend was able to go and collect the quilts for me while I was gone, and I was thrilled with the scoring and to have won ribbons! Again, it was too bad I didn’t get to see the quilts that were entered. Oh, and I have to laugh at the judges comment, “What is ‘humans are dead?'” Yeah, without the backstory, it’s just weird. I get that.
I have a few really nice photographs of my time in Newport, Oregon, that I am going to share now. 🙂
What a difference the fog can make! The photo on the left was the view from our porch the evening Renee and I arrived. The coast was covered in fog and our drive along 101 didn’t reveal any coastline. We were very surprised days later when we retraced some of the roads we drove and were surprised to see how close we had been to the ocean without knowing it! Thankfully, the fog rolled in and out while we were staying and for the most part we were treated to clearer views and more lovely sunsets during the week. The photo on the right is the last sunset we saw.
We stayed almost in the middle of about a 5 mile long stretch of walkable beach. To the north were rocky cliffs leading up to the Yaquina Head lighthouse and to the south it was blocked by the north jetty. We didn’t find much along our local beach in terms of sea glass or shells, but on one of our first days there were lots of jellyfish. I really like having Renee’s hand for size reference. I love watching sandpipers on the beach, and I thought this was a particularly lucky photograph of them in midflight after being startled by Renee. I like seeing their reflection on the wet sand.
Renee and I climbed to the top of the lighthouse (okay, as far up as they would let us climb, anyway), and the views were amazing. When asked to rate how interested we were in lighthouses on a scale of 1 (let’s get this over with) to 10 (I planned our vacation around seeing this lighthouse), we figured we were in the 4 to 5 range. I was absolutely fascinated by the tour, though, and it is neat to say I’ve been in and climbed up the tallest lighthouse in Oregon! The lighthouse still uses its original 1868 French-made, 1st order, Fixed Fresnel lens, which is apparently visible 19 miles out to sea. The view from the top was stunning, and I was glad we saw it on a very clear day. Also, with that much light and glass, there were rainbows. Beautiful, lovely, amazing rainbows.
We also paid a visit to the Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area. At high tide, water rushes in an booms around this naturally made dome, but at low tide you can walk along the beach and go inside. The view from inside the Devils Punch Bowl was really neat, and the occasional larger wave would cause a “boom” that always caught my attention!
Those are my best photos from the beach retreat and thanks for humoring my sharing about it!