Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Finishes, A Trip, and A New Quilt Comes My Way

I finished Roseville Album a couple weeks ago and I was honestly so sick of it I did not even take any photos of the finished quilt until this morning. It is a beautiful quilt and I really like it.

It just took me a LONG time to complete, six years start to finish, and it is machine appliquéd. That is probably the reason for the length of time I much prefer hand work.

I also finished the McKenna Ryan quilt, And On This Farm, I was working on.

This was purchased as a kit and has the cutest embellishments, a little cow bell so the quilt tinkles every time I move it,

a handle on the basket

and several Apple beads sewn on the trees.

While working on this quilt another McKenna Ryan quilt came my way. This is Aurora Ridge.

Once upon a time I had a little machine quilting business and although I sold that long arm machine I still will quilt for old customers once in a while on my home sewing machine.

My husband and I also went on a camping trip thru the Black Hills of South Dakota, we had breakfast with the Presidents,

truly saw "where the buffalo roam" where ever they please,

and ended up with this as my temporary back yard view, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

This was a fun campground, every evening they show the movie Close Encounters of The Third Kind (Devil's Tower has a key role in the movie if you have not ever seen it) at an outdoor theater. We were right outside the gates of the park and spent one morning hiking around the tower, stopping frequently to watch the climbers. There are four sets of climbers in this picture.

Looking down during our hike back at the campground.

There was also a group of hot air ballooners and one evening the flag was finally still enough, their signal that the wind was down and it was safe to fly.

They took off from an area in the National Monument park and landed in the empty field next to the campground.

I am not sure which hobby I think is more dangerous the rock climbers or the ballooners but it was fun to watch. I was happy to keep my feet firmly on the ground and spent many quiet evenings stitching on Celbrating Mary Brown in the camper.


Happy Stitching,




  1. Six years is a long time from start to finish but what a beautiful finish it is.
    I have never done a Mckenna Ruan design. They always seem so intimidating and needing many batiks which I do not purchase.

  2. Such an interesting post. Your Kim McLean quilt is fabulous! I'm sorry you got so tired of it - I hope you will be able to enjoy using it! The McKenna Ryan quilts are both lovely. I've always wanted to see those presidents' faces - one day... I love your beautiful progress picture of your hand appliqué.

  3. Roseville is spectacular and I love your border design that you added. It needed something 'light' weight' around the outside. It's really beautiful. McKenna Ryan's quilt are always lovely and fun. What a great trip you've had. It's an interesting part of the country with presidents, Buffaloes, and encounters. Glad you found a little time to do some hand applique as well. Your work is always lovely.

  4. left comment on other blog for you...but love all of your work...

  5. Your finish quilt is amazing and the appliqué awesome as usual... Bravo !
    What a fun post Cherry ! I traveled with you !

  6. That area was the most beautiful on our driving trip a few years ago! Loved Devils Tower!!
    Your applique is lovely, as usual!!