Anyone who loves crazy quilts needs to check out this link. http://poppalina.typepad.com/my_weblog/ This gal, Bobby La, just earned $70,000 for her fabulous work of art! Check out the detail in her stitching and you will see this is no ordinary crazy quilt. (-; Congratulations Bobby La.
I liked the YMCA of the Rockies so much when I went there for the CQI Retreat, I decided to take my family back this last weekend, partly to show them the area and partly to investigate it further for future family trips. We rented a cabin for the night. My husband and I got some trail maps, checked out the pool and craft center. The craft center was really pretty nice with silk dying, tie dye t-shirts, mosaics, and jewelry making. They had a choice of beads that would have made my fellow quilters drool! We drove through part of Rocky Mountain National Park and stopped at Morraine Park and Bear Lake in particular. The next morning my daughter and I went horseback riding. We took an hour long guided tour that took us around the edge of a mountain. Being slightly afraid of heights, I was a little nervous trusting my horse to keep us from falling down the 100-200 ft drop down the mountain! There were some beautiful views though and our guide kept us talking which made it easier for me.
Last weekend I went to the CQI Crazy Quilt Retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies. It was a lot of fun. One of the activities was a Chinese Auction where we all brought something handmade to participate. All the players took a number and the person with number one picked the first gift. Then person number two could either take a new gift or take the gift of person number one. If she took person number one's gift, person number one would choose a new gift and on it went. I ended up with this cute chatelaine made by Leslie E!
This week we had the first dusting of snow on the mountains. Of course it is gone now! Every morning has a bit of a nip in the air and with the layering in the clouds in these pictures you can almost feel it. I think fall has finally arrived. I love when the sun is just rising and the prairie looks like it is on fire, but the mountains still haven't yet felt the glow of the sun.
This is the hussif that I made for the Chinese Auction for the Crazy Quilting International (CQI) yahoo group retreat. Hideko from Japan ended up taking the hussif home! I loosely followed the tutorial here: http://creativeribbons.blogspot.com/2006/11/my-hussif-tutorial.html