Monday, June 24, 2019

2 finishes and a trip to Chicago

While I have not blogged in a while, I have been busy.  In fact I am not sure how the time has flown by so quickly.

First, my finishes:

This was my rainbow scrap challenge from 2017.  There are 99 blocks made, no 2 of them the same fabric.  Each month was a different color: and I made country shades rather than bright colors. Most, but not all the fabrics are Thimbleberries or similar.

Here are a couple that I made so you can have an idea what one 6 inch block is like: ( These are 4 put together.

Taking pictures has been a challenge due to the reoccurring rainstorms we get.
The top was put together in January, and the border in March. 
I finally sent it off to a quilter and got it back this month: a beautiful feathery all over pattern.
My back is a Kansas Trouble red as is the binding. 

TA DAA!!!!!

Second, I quilted and bound another tree skirt. 
It is almost identical to the one I made for the wedding in March.  
And I am so glad to get it off my plate, much overdue. 
It is mostly made of a batik jelly roll called Jingle. 

Drum roll:  Crash (can't you just hear the cymbals!)

Here is some of the back with it: 
A  gold polka dot on bright red background

And for my trip to Chicago. My daughter had a business trip and offered her room to share right downtown near Grant Park.

We walked lots, had fun seeing the sights and ate good food>

 This is a reflection at Millennium Park on the Bean of my spouse and I who just had our 39th wedding anniversary.

Here is the Apollo space craft that returned to earth following the moon landing. 
We toured the Adler Planetarium and saw lots of history and loads of information:
astrolabes, telescopes, pieces of the moon, and more.
 Perspectives by important astronomers and how they were proven. 

Additionally we toured the Art Institute of Chicago. Amazing pieces of work from paintings to sculpture, jewelry to swords, modern to ancient and all across the globe.

My favorite work though was found in the Chicago library: 
This is merely a portion: but is was a huge display hanging from the ceiling. 
Little did you realize until you got to the top floor that it is all recreated dog tags of soldiers who died in the Vietnam War: some 68,000 of them. 


  1. love the quilt and the tree skirt! don't you just love Chicago - I have not been there often but love it when I am there

  2. Happy anniversary! I loved seeing the smiling faces of you and your sweetie, too. YourRSC quilt looks amazing and I love that tree skirt, too.

  3. Oh my, what a beautiful finish and congratulations on the anniversry.

  4. Your Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt is amazing! Great finish!
    Enjoy your hand stitching!

  5. Good Morning! Your last photo just gave me the chills, through and through. WOWEE! What a moving piece. I work in the Northshore of the Chicago suburbs but rarely get into the city. It looks like that I am missing out on a lot of fun and interesting things. Your quilts turned out fabulously. Isn't it nice to have that beautiful RSC quilt all together and now you can enjoy it?!! What a great accomplishment. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Nice that you showed two different layout ideas for those blocks. I love the layout of the finished quilt - well done!

  7. Great finishes! Your quilt is just gorgeous with the lights and darks alternating. Love the tree skirt, too. I have one to make for October. It will be here before we know it!

  8. Your rainbow challenge quilt is gorgeous! Now I have another quilt on my to-make list!

  9. Congrats on your RSC finish, along with the tree skirt! How thoughtful of your daughter to share her room with you and your DH. It looks and sounds like you had an enjoyable visit. Happy anniversary!!

  10. Congratulations on your wonderful RSC quilt. I love your rendition of Hidden Gems as yours has more tone-on-tone and solid fabric than mine does. Excellent job! Congrats on the anniversary too.
    Hard to imagine 68,000 men dead because of a war that shouldn't had been. So sad. ;^)