Thursday, June 21, 2012

Walks in the Rain (Concrete, WA)

We finally got a break in the rainy weather.  Not that it kept us from going outside, but we did not do much sightseeing since the clouds were hanging very low around us.
We dusted off our raincoats that we rarely wear in the south and went for a couple of walks around the RV park.  Walking in the rain is rather relaxing as long as it is a gentle rain, of course.  We did go through a couple of pairs of pants and shoes.  I think the soggy pants and shoes were worth the extra hassle of washing and cleaning.  It is so quiet here except for the wind in the trees and the rain on our roof.
The clouds started to lift yesterday and the sun finally peaked out.
We took advantage of the nice weather and spent some time driving around the surrounding areas.  We visited Baker Lake with low hanging clouds, but no rain.  By the second day, the sky was blue.  So we drove the mountain loop around Mt. Baker.
Baker Lake
Mt. Baker with clear skies
The best is yet to come!  The blackberries are getting nice and plump.  I can't wait to pick ripe berries from the bushes!  Yum!  I'm already enjoying fresh cherries and raspberries from the markets...delicious!
On The Cutting Board
I basted the bunny wall hanging so it is ready to quilt.  I'm trying to decide if I want to quilt it by hand or just do it on the machine.  Tough decision...well, I'll get back to that one.

Oh, and I prefer the lighter fusible webbing: Steam-A-Seam.  I did not have as much trouble getting the needle through the layers.  It still makes the fabric stiff, but it does not make my needle as sticky as the Steam-A-Seam2 does.

During our rain break, I also pulled out one of my tubs filled with fabrics.  I found just what I needed to add 16 more blocks to the True Lover's Knot quilt.
 I'm about halfway through the materials, but my templates are starting to show wear and tear.  The corners are starting to look rounded and the paper is pealing from the plastic template.  Next time, I will make two sets of templates.  I still need to make the off-white pieces as well.
Oh! and the little brass wheel - that is a 1/4 inch seam maker.  I stick my pencil in the hole and roll the wheel around the outside of the template.  This gives me a line to cut on without having to guess at my 1/4 inch seam.  Nice and neat!
Happy Quilting!


  1. Beautiful!! I miss Mt Baker and the fresh berries and cherries!!

    I'm not sure when we're going to be heading north. If all goes as planned, we're going to put an offer on a farm in MN. Hubby has to get paid for his advancement and then we have to prequalify. Keep your fingers crossed!

  2. It's been raining here forever. Finally had a nice sunny day today. Love the pictures of your area of the country. Like the fabric too. Maybe you should try acrylic quilting templates?

    1. Thanks Peter! I'm glad you liked the photos. And thanks for the suggestion to use acrylic templates. I have several of the old EZ templates, but none with curves. I visited your shop, but I did not see a True Lover's Knot.

  3. Gorgeous pictues! Love your project and fabrics to! I'm a new follower can't wait to check out more :)

  4. Your photos are stunning! I'd love to see that great scenery. I even love the little berry. Your wall hanging is coming along beautifully.

  5. We get rain here all the time. The most calming sound is the patter of drops hitting the roof

    I have to agree with Sheryl and the others, your photos are stunning. Two favs include the mouthwatering raspberry, and that second picture with the drop about to fall off the leaf.

    1. Thanks Kris! I'm glad you like them. There are so many beautiful subjects to photograph here.

      My Dad was stationed on Whidbey Island a couple of times. Of course, selective childhood memories were of spending sunny days outdoors, of course.


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