Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Scrappy Mountain Majesties Finish

Last year fellow quilting buddy Marei asked if I wanted to make a Bonnie Hunter quilt along with her.  I was totally on board with the idea, and we picked out one of Bonnie's free patterns that neither one of us had made before.  The Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt was the agreed on choice.

Our flimsies were finished about a year ago (you can see Marei's HERE).  Then mine went off to the local long arm quilter for a few months' vacation.  It came back a few weeks ago and I finished the binding on it.

My trusty assistant and retired husband has a new, legitimate gig as official "Quilt Holder-Upper."  The pay sucks, but there's a decent benefit package.  He seems like a natural.

Sandy did a nice all over, swirly floral quilting motif.

A glimpse of the backing and dotty binding.

In other happenings, we spent a pleasant afternoon at the Museum of Wisconsin Art again recently.  
(Jim Liedtke: A Well-Ordered Society: The Super Rich, The Seemingly Devout, The Rest of Us Poor Day Laborers)
 I'm often drawn to the pieces with a sense of humor.
("Maybe we ain't got culture, but we're eatin' regular"~Carl Sandburg, 1914)
Later that night, unfortunately, I became violently ill and "did an Elvis."  Meaning I executed the King's second most famous move and passed out on the john.  Ba-dum-bum!  

(Love the quote on this one too.)
I can't be sure, but I suspect it was food poisoning.  Which is too bad, because the grilled chicken salad with tequila-lime dressing was one of my favorites at the place where we had lunch.  Not anymore, though.  Not ever again.
(Pat Kroth: Gypsy Rhythm - closeup)
Norm woke to a crashing thud (me too—nothing like coming back to consciousness with the sound of your own fall echoing in your ears).  His first thought was that we were having a home invasion.  As he made his way down the dark hallway to see what was happening, I eeked, "I'm so sick," and he found me lying there on the bathroom floor. 

(Aaron Bohrod: The Shadow)
Long story short, I felt like death for the next 24 hours, and to top it off, I had a contusion above my left eye and stiff neck.  Thankfully, I recovered in a day or two and am very grateful for that. 

(Andrew Acker: Crow Dreaming of Becoming a Man: Will I Still Fly?)
What wakes me up most days lately is a pair of crows, plus a few of their friends, that have taken up residence in our yard.  They often meet for a confab in the big river birch outside my bedroom window.  Starting at daybreak, with the sun barely over the horizon:  "Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw!" and various iterations thereof.  And so on, and so on, and so on.

I first thought they were nesting in the pines far back in the yard, but the other day I hung sheets out on the line for the first time this spring and watched a crow with a beak full of sticks fly into the ash tree right off the deck.  Yep, there it was, the crow's nest, about 40 feet off the ground.

Last spring it was mallards, this year it's crows.  It's going to be an interesting summer!


  1. Your quilt is lovely (and how nice to have a permanent, full time quilt holder).

    Sorry to hear you were ill - food poisoning is vile, especially when it ruins a favourite dish for ever. Those heads made me smile: my dad owns a little old lady and a little old man, from the days when his family emigrated from Norway - not political statement, just to go on a wall, so I am wondering if these ones are rooted in a tradition of heads on the wall?

  2. Sorry, ut I did laugh at your unfortunate situation. So sorry you were ill. Frank calls on the plants up and down the river through LA, MS and AL. So he is in his car all day long. He eats at all the greasy spoons near the plants. Luckily he has not had much of a problem in the 40 years. But suddenly last week he is driving in the middle of nowhere and it hits him. Poor guy spent the next three hours in a truck stop bathroom on the phone to me. And if you knew him, he is somewhat of a germaphobe.........

    Love the crows taking up homesteading so close by. We just had a baby squirrel stuck in the downspout. I have bassets, they wanted to dismantle the back half of the house.......

  3. Loved the colours of your S.M.M. quilt - I made a test block last year and it's now on my 'to do' list. Good to read at the end of your story that you made a full recovery :)

  4. Oh, I'm so sorry you were sick! That's awful! But on the other hand, your Mountain Majesties is AWESOME!!!

  5. We are planning a trip to the Museum of WI Art tomorrow. The girls are also going to Harry Potter Day at the WB Library. I had thought maybe we'd grab lunch, but uh, now I'm not so sure! Lol. Your quilt is lovely! How fortunate you are to have a sewing friend!

  6. Fainting in the john is the worst! Oh Paulette I am sorry you got so sick. It does sound like food poisoning, but maybe you better have your iron checked too.
    I love your Carl Sandburg quote and your description of hubby's new job made me crack up. :) The crow thinking about being a man is so cool too. What a great museum!
    Crows in the yard are a whole lot less fun.
    Scrappy Mountain Majesties is so gorgeous! Both you and Marei did wonderful work created your quilts! I love your bright colors and the quilting turned out great.

  7. Mountain Majesties is on my ever growing bucket list! Yours is beautiful.

  8. Your S.M.M. quilt is beautiful. Also, your assistant seems to be a keeper!!

  9. Beautiful quilt. And I almost choked on my cookie and tea while reading about your bathroom episode!!!!
    ps - I think it was the tequila; I speak from experience; doesn't matter that it was a food ingredient . . . the stuff is evil!

  10. your quilt is gorgeous. I love pieces that a bit of humor also. oh my so sorry to hear about your episode. glad you are feeling better. LOL your crows are trying to be roosters. Ohhh baby crows later? how fun
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  11. Your quilt is awesome. I love your fabrics. It's on my bucket list, and I hope to get to it soon.

  12. I have a scrappy mountain quilt on my frame today! Love yours.

  13. Love your quilt. Awesome use of scraps.

  14. Love your scrappy mountains! The colors really pop.

  15. I enjoyed your blog post and your scrappy quilt is awesome.

  16. I never thought of doing this quilt scrappy but wow you made it look really good...Ty for the idea...

  17. What a wonderful assortment of photos! And a colorful story - although I'm so sorry that you had to go through that.

  18. Such a beautiful quilt! And I love the quilting on it so much!

  19. I am glad you are feeling better. Love your quilt.i haven't made one of Bonnie's patterns yet but always enjoy seeing how they turn out.

  20. I am so glad I read your post! Seeing your quilt was very timely and now I have another one added to my list. Yours is so festive and cheerful - love it!

  21. Bonnie's quilts are so much fun to work on - especially with a sewing buddy! Sounds like your hubby is not only a natural at his new job, he's also a great guy to have around when bug season hits!

  22. Hi, I'm back visiting from Lara's fun mini hop. I'm so sorry to hear about your food poisoning incident. So awful, but your telling of it was hilarious. I'm glad you weren't more seriously hurt when you fell. And I hope you don't have a repeat episode, but isn't it a bummer that it ruined a food for you? I love your version of Bonnie's quilt pattern with the colorful fabrics. I usually think of Delectable Mountains as a kind of monochromatic pattern. I don't know why. Yours is so vibrant.

  23. Beautiful scrappy quilt! Sorry to hear you got sick and thank goodness you didn't get hurt in the fall! Birds.....crows.....they wake us up too!

  24. Oh you poor thing! Drat that salad for tasting so good and being so bad for you. Your trip to the museum looked fun though. What wonderful exhibits!

  25. I love that quilt, and how you used so many neutrals against the colours!
    Sorry you were so sick, but fortunately you recovered quickly. Your description of your husbands "new" job made me laugh, thank you for that!

  26. Your Quilt is soooo Awesome!! Radiates beauty!! Loooove it!!

    Glad you are OK, and feeling better! Know had to be scary for you, and you Sweetie!

    Pics from the museum are cool!

  27. Your Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt turned out absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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