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Last week found me quilting again.

All the cutting is done and I've finished 11 of the 24 pieced blocks for BS2's baby quilt. It will have one appliqué block depicting a little horse, to represent the baby' shorthand year, "Year of the Horse." The blocks are from the quilt "Twin Stars" from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I'm not using a jelly roll, though. All the fabrics except the background came from my rather sizable stash. The background fabric came from Davidene's Quilt Shop in Park City, Utah.

The first sleeve of the Mary Tudor cardigan is moving along. All the Increases are finished and just one more pattern repeat to go before the cap shaping. (I'm using Palette fingering weight yarn.)

We had a fifth Thursday, so there was no Vintage Stitchers or Common Threads. Joanie decided to host a special "Fifth Thursday" group for a few knitting friends. Here Kay is showing us the scarves she has been working on.

We had an interesting week other than my fiber fun. Monday we had a visit from of young (maybe two years old) bull moose.

He pruned our wild roses for us. No charge! (Note: Moose are large, dangerous animals. They can kick and stomp, causing injury or death. Do not approach a moose unless there is a barrier between you and the moose, as was the case in this photo.)

We also hiked Toll Canyon, which is close to our home. It has nice hiking trails and a year-round stream that provides water for the pups.

We hiked to the "Living Room" on Friday. This trail provides a great view of Salt Lake City. It got its name because flat rocks have been arranged like couches and chairs overlooking the view. Someone even made a "remote" out of another flat rock, only small, with the buttons marked with felt marker. Sunset is a good time to come here. It's a serious uphill climb, although there's no rock scrambling involved.

There were some beautiful wild flowers along the trail, like this penstemon:

and this wild rose:

What's on my needles: Mary Tudor cardigan, working on the sleeves.

What's on my Featherweight: BS2's baby quilt, 11 blocks done. Also Delectable Pathways, still waiting to finish hand appliqué.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotsen from Audible. I'm so glad I discovered this author. Now I'm listening to A Kiss before Dying (not dyeing, which sounds like more fun) the first novel written by Ira Levin, who wrote Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives (also the play "Death Trap," which we saw recently at Pioneer Theater). I got this audiobook from Audible as one of its Daily Deal offerings, which has introduced me to some new authors. I've finished reading Debbie Macomber's Friends and Then Some in iBooks from Book Bub and am deciding on a new book to read.

What's my app of the week: iRadio. This feature (similar to Pandora) is great when I'm working on a project that requires more concentration, making an audiobook impractical.

What's in my wine glass: Fisheye Shiraz 2013. The big bottle, as always, nice value.

What's my tip of the week:  I learned this from Christina|AlohaBlu on the Knitting Community and plan to use it on my next colorwork project. If you turn your project inside-out, you can knit on the right side and keep the stranding on the outside. This keeps the floats from pulling in and making the knitting puckered.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by angelkarhu on June 5, 2014 at 8:01pm
You can see a in progress pic on ravelry under camp loopy 1 or something like that. Its bigger than in pic now.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 5, 2014 at 7:49pm

Maybe it will be your piece de resistance.

Comment by angelkarhu on June 5, 2014 at 4:39pm
Thats ok Peggy. Got some help over on ravelry for the loopy fabric challenge. The conesnsus is drop feed dogs and use a darning foot. So gotta get a darning foot. Since its for a challenge I gotta quilt it. Should of just made a bag as this thing is getting big.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 5, 2014 at 3:10pm
I really don't know, since I don't machine quilt. You can probably get someone on Quilt With Us to answer that. You might try here:
If you can drop the feed dogs, can you put an embroidery presser foot on and free quilt? Sorry I don't know enough to help.
Comment by angelkarhu on June 4, 2014 at 12:09pm
Can wavy lines be quilted with a walking foot or do I really need the darning foot? Camp project is coming out great thus far to represent Putsarri, Finland. Put in a splash of yellow to represent the midnight sun. Want to mimic water in quilting so want to do wavy lines. This machine I can drop the feed dogs.
Comment by angelkarhu on June 2, 2014 at 8:53pm
Depends on the applique if I want to see stitches so I have some "invisible" thread. Working with blue right now for my blue/white portion of lap quilt. Making it up as I go but its basically log cabin pattern.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 2, 2014 at 8:22pm
Online shopping is great if you don't need stuff in a hurry. It's one reason I'm so happy Davidene's carries Connecting Threads' Essential thread. It's a tiny bit more, but it's a lot cheaper than the thread carried by most quilting shops, and it's good quality. I have a neutral color I used for most piecing, and I use the various colors for appliqué. I have friends who use silk or polyester thread for appliqué, because it sinks down into the fabric, but I think it will cut through the cotton in time. My preference is to have appliqué stitches that are tiny and even, but visible. Otherwise, the pattern might as well be painted on. However, we should please ourselves when we quilt for fun, don't you think? If we were selling our quilts, it would be another matter.
Comment by angelkarhu on June 2, 2014 at 7:44pm
We found a Janome retailer and got more bobbins. Aurofil is cotton thread. Not too happy with the gutterman brand. But I have it so I'll use it. I'm on a time crunch. Challenge must be done by june 30th and posted by then too. Dont have time to wait for an order to arrive. Its bad enough I have to wait a few days for more white fabric to arrive. I can only sew for a short time before back starts killing me.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 2, 2014 at 7:06pm
I don't worry about rattlers for myself. They always rattle before they strike, but I'm not sure the dogs would have an instinctive fear of them. I've never seen one on the trails in Utah, although I've heard there are rattlers at lower elevations and we've seen little garden snakes sunning themselves.
For thread, I always use 100% cotton, and my favorite brand is from Connecting Threads. Good quality and good price, and my local quilt shop sells it. I use it for appliqué, too. The reason I don't use polyester, silk or nylon is my experience with a quilt I made in 1962 using polyester thread. Over the years, the thread cut through my cotton fabrics. I'm a process knitter but a product quilter. I want my kids and grandkids to enjoy my quilts for years after I'm gone. Having said that, I'm happy we have options for our knitting, quilting and other fiber activities. I think it's more important that we all enjoy what we're making and the process of making them/it, and having choices of products and methods adds greatly to the enjoyment. I've been known to remove and throw away thread because I need the bobbin, but if you don't want to throw away the thread, and there's enough room on the bobbin, you can put thread on the bobbin on top of what's already there.
Comment by angelkarhu on June 2, 2014 at 2:47pm
Snakes! I'm avoiding that living room. They terrify me. Bad enough being at my sisters where her daughter has a pet snake! Walking dog at rest stops and the snake holes were freaking me out. Already miss SD. Forgot my ruler for fabric cutting and extra bobbins. Ahhhk. Was already at store for thread and ruler. Now no bobbins or thing you put on end of spool so it doesnt fly off machine. Justhe bobbin full of white Aurofil thread. Mom days to just unwind it but I'm not tossing out that thread. Its exspensive. Using gutterman on project as they didnt have the aurofil brand I like.

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