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!

 

Western Flycatchers

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake

Just thought I would share a photo of the new babies nesting next to my front porch light.  Enjoy!

Western Flycatchers

Hubby took this photo for me.

If you’d like to see more photos from previous year’s of this same Western Flycatcher pair, simply do a search for Western Flycatchers in the Search on the left side bar of this blog.

Brave World Quilt Block Part 2

In a previous post, I shared the Brave World quilt block in several straight set designs.

Brave World Quilt Block

Here is how it looks set side by side and on point:

Brave World On Point Set

Let’s try sashing and a different colorway:

Brave World On Point Set

I like it better!

When I remove some lines from the original block, I am left with a pinwheel block that I can use as an alternate with the Brave World block.

Brave World On Point Set

Brave World On Point Set

Brave World On Point Set

Keep playing the ‘what if’ game!  You may get some dud designs, but, then again, you may be pleasantly surprised with what you come up with!

 

Brave World Quilt Block

It has been quite awhile since I shared a post with quilt designs (not including revisiting a block recently).  Last week, I picked up my Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year, and I randomly chose a block.

Right away, I disliked the block.  It became a challenge (I will not be defeated by this block!).  I persevered, and warmed up to it.

Here is Brave World:

Brave World Quilt Block

It can be drawn with a  2 x 2 grid.

Here is how it looks in a basic straight set:

Brave World Straight Set

Sashing strips make it easy to see the block, and make it easy to change the size of a quilt, as well as add another design aspect.

Brave World Straight Set

I this case, I don’t care for the sashing strips, so the next few straight set designs are playing with alternate blocks.

Brave World Straight Set

Brave World Straight Set

How do you know if you like your block paired with other blocks unless you play?

Brave World Straight Set

I’m not a big fan of this next design, but it happens to be the Hubby’s choice.  He says to make it black, white and grey, since he can imagine Tie fighters with all the movement that the blocks create.  Gotta love that imagination!

Brave World Straight Set

He does bring up a good point, however.  Color and value can make a big difference.  I am showing one colorway of an endless array of possibilities!

Brave World Straight Set

Perhaps the above designs are too busy for you.  After all, different strokes for different folks!  Deleting lines can be just as important as adding lines to design.

Brave World Straight Set

Deleting lines, and/or, adding plain blocks can open up lots of opportunities for the addition of applique, or quilting, if that is your thing!

Brave World Straight Set

Go get creative with your designing and have fun!