The last week of October I was fortunate to be up at one of my favorite places EVER! Lake Tahoe. Yes, my husband and I were volunteers at the Bear Necessities Gift Shop again. The weather was PERFECT, all week long. One morning I decided to go down to one of the groups visiting and drum up business. They were in Inspiration Point (aptly named I must say) and I met the nicest, most productive group ever, The Colfax, CA Quilt Guild. Here they are before I descended the stairs for my own meet and greet. 34 busy bees, they were. And yes, I would like to mention that right outside those double doors is where the “chase” began (at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat) of the Bear versus Heidi, Linda, & Lisa (see The Bear post the second week of Sept.)
I was so fortunate to visit with almost all of these lovely ladies. Sadly, I can’t find the card that listed everyone’s names and projects. I put it in a very safe place. The first few pictures below are from this book. And take it from me, they are STUNNING! She sews the blocks by hand and also does some machine stitching on each block.
She has almost one dozen finished.
And right outside Inspiration Point, the last of the roses were in bloom. So velvety, and smelled so sweet and a perfect match with the Rose of Sharon quilt work above.
Another lovely lady, just finished her Laundry Basket quilt top.
AMAZING! Each of these blocks, are just amazing!
And here is someone’s beautifully executed Log Cabin quilt. Each block is only about 6″ sq. Log Cabin was one of the very first blocks that I made waaaay back when. And it’s still one of my favorites. Now, I tend to make them kind of wonky. In a few more posts I will show you what I have created- more Art to Wear. Also, check out my Off The Grid Vest pattern. Wonky L.C. sqs. in that Art to Wear. The icons below, just click on Craftsy or Etsy to view my patterns that are for sale.
Time out! Walk, walk. Eat less, move more. That’s my mantra. I do tend to get them mixed up, as in, “Eat more, move less.” Oh dear. Look way in the distance, and you can see Cave Rock. Look how calm the water is. Very little boat traffic and check out the bench. Just right for sitting and reading and soaking in the beauty of the lake
Inside our little domain (in case you forgot, the shop we work in, it’s the middle story of a 3 story cabin that sits right on the lakes edge). Robert is meeting therapy dog, Bisoux, and her handler Janine. What a sweet dog and Janine’s pretty sweet too. She’s a “leaner”, all 93 pounds of her. Ha, ha.
On a walk, the peace, and stillness of the lake, very soothing.
Back at I.P., wow, this one has some real possibilities for me. It’s called Hour Glass. She said it’s easy, hmmm……and again, beautifully done.
On another walk, I’m walking our son’s dog, Jax. Doesn’t he look smashing along with my Simply Super Vest? The full-sized pattern pieces and complete instructions (plus 7 other projects)are in my book, Fashion Quilted Accessories that I wrote for Leisure Arts. It’s available for purchase in my Etsy store (click on the icon below), DesignsbyHeidi and other fine quilting shops like Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley, CA and Fabric Chicks in Minden, Nevada. Also, on Amazon.
I’ll leave you with the “fixed” balloon picture from last week. I really LOVE this shot. Have a great weekend everyone and let’s all get creative. Make it up, make it fun, and get it DONE! Hugs, Heidi P.S. Next week, part two!