Siggy Doll

I have wanted to make the Siggy doll since I received the premiere issue of Soft Dolls and Animals in 1997.

Umm…yes…1997.  I was going to make the doll for my daughter.  Somehow, time has gotten away from me.

So, I have made two dolls…one for each granddaughter.

Siggy Doll

I think I lost my mind!  I thought that it would be fun to alter the simple pattern a bit.

I have a new respect for doll makers!

Siggy Doll

I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.

Siggy Doll

I tried making toes.  That was tough.

Siggy Doll

Worst of all was the hair.  Whatever was I thinking?!  Hot glueing a bunch of tangled, curly hair was tremendously boring and tedious for me! 

Oh nooooo…I couldn’t just buy a wig…or make one.  I had to glue this stuff by individual strands.

Sometimes, I am an idiot.

These dolls have more hair than Cousin Itt!

Siggy Doll

I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.

Should be a piece of cake.

Country Roads Quilt Block Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I showed the Country Roads Quilt Block in straight set quilt designs.

Country Roads Quilt Block

Today, let’s look at the block set on point.

Here it is set side by side and on point:

Country Roads On Point Set

The next sets are also on point, but the Country Roads block has been set with simplified versions of it as well.

Country Roads On Point Set

Country Roads On Point Set

Country Roads On Point Set

I think my border choice needs work, but that is just personal preference (as are many, if not most, aspects of art).

Country Road Quilt Block

I played a little bit with the Country Road Quilt Block:

Country Roads Quilt Block

I drew the block with a 7 x 7 grid.

It is a terrific chain block!  Here is Country Roads set side by side in a straight set:

Country Roads Straight Set

Rather than look for alternate blocks to pair with it, I experimented with deleting some of the lines in the block to create an alternate block.

The following quilt designs are all created from the Country Roads block and simple variations of it.  All are straight sets.

Country Roads Straight Set

Country Roads Straight Set

Country Roads Straight Set

I am sure that there are lots and lots of variations to this block.  Take some time to play and see what you can come up with!

Happy quilting!

Tech Bag

Quite a few years ago, I printed out a tutorial for a tech bag.  The creator called it a tech bag because she wanted a bag for her charger cords.

I wish I could find the tutorial for you, but it is an extinct website.

I have, however, finally gotten around to making the bag.

Tech Bag

I am going to use it for the same purpose…to hold the phone and the charger cord.

And it is roomy enough to add a wallet and keys, too.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

I am continuing to use up the scraps of hand-dyed fabric by making boxy bags.

You can find the tutorial for the boxy bags in my previous post.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

I have made a couple more bags that are not pictured here.

I have also made zip pouches, one for each bag.  I found a basic tutorial over at Elm Street Quilts.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

I plan on keeping a couple of bags for personal use (I’ve got a trip to Hawaii coming soon!).

The rest of the bags will be Christmas gifts.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

I am going to fill them with goodies for the grandkids…the bags are the Christmas wrap!  It is going to be fun finding items to fill the bags!

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

I still have a lot of squares left.  I have thought to make pot holders (I do need some), pincushions, and other small items.

Frankly, I’m tired of these squares!  Ha, ha!  So I am giving them to some creative young ladies.

And I feel great…I am actually thinking ahead for Christmas!  No stress!

More Columbia River Time

This morning, Hubby and I took advantage of having one more day off together.  We took a little paddling jaunt on the Columbia River, near our home.

Columbia River

We both had trouble adjusting our little pocket cameras, so as beautiful as the morning was, our photos don’t do it justice at all!

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

We were right under the eagle, but looking into the sun at him (or her).  And, as I said, it just wasn’t a camera day for either of us.

Columbia River

It was wonderful to see the national mascot on Independence Day!

Columbia River

Hubby is tying down the canoe for the trip home.  Hopefully, we’ll have more opportunities to take it out this summer.

It has been a great couple of days off!

Click here to see a 4th of July canoe paddle from 2012.  The photos are better (and different) and there is a link in the post featuring a little history of the town of Marcus.

Click here to see a September post of a canoe paddle on the Columbia River from 2014.  Enjoy more beautiful scenic photos!

 

Little Twin Lakes

Sunday was a gorgeous day, so Hubby and I packed up a picnic lunch, and the canoe, and headed for Little Twin Lakes.

The area is primitive and remote.  The access washboard dirt road is narrow and about 6 miles.

But so worth the trip!

Beautiful and serene!

Little Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Happy birthday USA!