Friday, July 29, 2016

So now that we are back from vacation, it was time to get back onto my works in progress.  First up is Quilt #16 that I started at the Quilt Retreat I went to just before vacation.

I did the jelly roll race 2 from Missouri Star Quilt Company for a quick top.  Once I got home and before we headed out on vacation, I got everything but the binding done.  So one evening this week I finished up the binding.

So now that I've taken care of the Christmas in July, it is on to other things.

Alaska Vacation

I've been away from quilting for a bit, as we headed out on vacation.  It was a trip of a lifetime to Alaska.  So I thought I would share some of the highlights with each of you.  We flew from Detroit to Anchorage and stayed the night before heading out for our Denali land tour.

This is probably my favorite shot of Denali.  It was breathtaking and right out our rooms window.

We took an ATV tour near Denali.This was a blast, they provided the outfits.

Then we were off to the cruise ship and here are some picture of the glaciers and beautiful scenery.

We did fishing tour in the Chilkoot Lake.  It was gorgeous, as well as private.  We didn't see anyone else on the lake until a few kayakers showed up on a tour.  While I was the only one to catch a fish, I couldn't get it into the boat.  He broke the line first.

But the coolest fisherman on our trip was this Eagle.  His fish was too big for him to fly with so he had to swim to shore with his fish for lunch.  I didn't know that Eagles swam.  It was a great site.

One of our other ports we did a Whale Watching tour.  It was quite amazing.  We saw the whales bubble net feeding.  I had to look this up to really understand. Bubble Net Feeding is a unique feeding technique employed by Humpback Whales, in which a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below the a school of fish.  This shrinking column of bubbles surrounds the fish forcing the upward.  The wales spontaneously swim upward through the bubble net, mouths wide open, catching thousands of fish in one gulp.

 At our last port, we did a zip-line tour.  It was a blast.

Once the cruise ended, we stayed a few days in Vancouver before heading home.  We went to the canyon for the suspension bridge walk.  It was a great morning.

So these are only a few of our pictures, but it is now back to finishing up some of the quilts I have going.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Coin Quilt #17

It's been a crazy week.  Hubby had some issues, but all is well now.  We are heading to Alaska this weekend for a land and cruise.  It is our first time there and can't wait to relax and enjoy the beauty of the land.

But before I go, I wanted to get this Coin Quilt top finished.  I didn't want any project left waiting.

I modified the pattern with extra sashing.  I also didn't add the small coins to the front.

I'm going to use the small coins on the back.  I have two choices for backing.

Backing #1

Backing #2

What do you think Backing #1 or #2?