Monday, December 17, 2012

Akita Tote Bag

Perhaps you remember reading about my paper piecing adventure back in October. Well, I finally made something out of that Akita block!

Here is the tote bag it finally became. All the fabrics in the bag are from those left over from the original square.
It was also my first time making a quilted project with triangles. I had a bit of a challenge with the straps. I think if I make another tote bag in the future I will wait to sew the tops of the straps down until after the lining is sewn in.
But other than that I think it came out well for my first bag.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holly Portrait Quilt

I remember first seeing a realistic portrait quilt in a quilting book 2 or 3 years ago. I thought the quilts were beautiful, but it also seemed very hard. This was before my first quilting project though. And after having done a few quilts I guess I have gotten braver. :)
I based my quilt on the above photo. This was taken June 5th, 2011 in our mountains not too far from the crest. It was Holly's final weekend outing. She got to eat most of her daddy's lunch and explore some of her favorite trails. She passed away 3 days later.
To help me see color value, I converted the photo to black and white and used Photoshops cutout filter, until I could visualize cutting the areas out of fabric. Everything is made out of fabric, most of them calicos and batiks. The fabrics were attached with tiny zig-zag stitching.
Some of the detail, like the light in her eye and the shading is done with thread-painting. I must admit I was not true to this technique as I am not quite comfortable with free-motion stitching yet. (I have been practicing though). I used VERY slow zig-zag and strait stitching in various lengths and widths to achieve my thread-painted accents. Dimensions: 18.25" x 20.5" including border.
This is my favorite quilt so far, and the one I most enjoyed making. I hope to do another soon!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Memories

Holly & Zeke waiting for their Thanksgiving meal in Huntington Beach, CA
We are thankful for the blessing of the time we spent with these two fur-angels, as well as our current fur-baby, Bella.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our loved ones, near and far!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paper Piecing

I've wanted to do some quilting with Akita images for some time. Patterns are hard to find but I came across this paper pieced Akita.
The square is made with a pattern by Linda Hibbert. This was a bit of a challenge for a first-timer! It's was a new technique for me, and I had originally intended to make 4 of these, in different colors, as placemats. I think however that I will content myself with one. Not sure what this square will be made into yet. (It's approx. 8" square) But I do know that if I ever paper piece again, I will make sure the pattern has bigger pieces!
I like my paper pieced Akita though. Think she looks a bit like Bella?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Click Daily for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Breast Cancer Site was founded to help fund free mammograms for women in need — women for whom early detection would not otherwise be possible. Since its launch in October 2000, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism and in the fight to prevent breast cancer deaths. The Breast Cancer Site provides a feel-good way to help promote awareness and prevent breast cancer deaths every day — through easy online activities. With a simple daily click of the pink button on my sidebar, or at the end of this post, visitors help provide mammograms to those in need. Visitors pay nothing. Mammograms are paid for by the The Breast Cancer Site's sponsors and distributed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The issue of breast cancer is painfully close to many people's hearts. Each year, 211,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by a breast cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40 - 55. Early detection is the key to survival and better treatment options, and mammography is among the best-known methods of early detection, yet 13 million women in the U.S. over 40 have never had a mammogram.
In addition to clicking the pink "Click Every Day!" button, visitors can make early detection and survival of breast cancer possible by shopping in The Breast Cancer Site store. With each item purchased, shoppers generate funds for free mammograms for women in need. The store offers a wide array of items to show your support, including pink ribbon jewelry and apparel. In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month I plan to keep the "Click Every Day!" button on my sidebar through October so be sure to check back and click every day! :) Want your own button to place on your blog or website? Go here!
The Breast Cancer Site

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's Photos

The 19th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's was held on Saturday September 22nd at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque.
The Alzheimer's Association has received a total of $108,942 in donations
and Team Perry's Termite made $500 of their $600 goal.
If you would still like to make a contribution,
you may do so by clicking the links that appear on the right side of this blog.
Enjoy the photos and thanks to everyone for their support!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tomorrow is the Day!

...for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. There is still time to donate, just follow the link on my sidebar or go here. Any amount is appreciated. And the sale on my website still has through tomorrow to go for sales benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.
Don't forget to watch this blog for photos of the event (but remember, I take tons of pictures so they will take me several days to edit).
We miss our faithful Walk Mascot, Holly (shown below waiting for one of the OC Walks to begin)
but we know she will still walk with us in spirit. 
And Bella will be there this year, listening for tips from her big sister on how to be the best team mascot! :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Just 10 More Days!...

...Until the Walk to End Alzheimer's. And don't forget you still have 10 days to purchase any of the handmade items on my website (like the blue ribbon winning earrings shown above), to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. The details can be found on my website here. (Or via the links on my sidebar). Thanks so much for your support and for sharing!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Who Wants to be Alzheimer's Association Benefit Teddy Bears?

We Do!
Bogie is ready. You can learn more about him here.
Or one (or both) of these two. Find out about them here.
Or this velvet beauty named Winifred, whose details are here.
Any or all of these cuties could be a 2012 Alzheimer's Association Benefit Teddy Bear and they would love the chance!
Don't forget, 100% of their sale price (minus pay pal fees) go to the NM Chapter Alzheimer's Association & my Walk to End Alzheimer's team. Please see my website for further details...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Annie the Railroad Dog

In Fort Collins, Colorado there is a beautiful testament to the relationship we share with our dogs.
In 1934, Colorado & Southern railroad employees (including Gordon Gunston, Christopher Demuth, John Lane, Harry Sauers, & George Trotter) coaxed a skinny, cold, pregnant, mixed breed black-and-brown dog onto their train. She had been living outside a blacksmith shop in Timnath, which was one of the stops along their route.
These men cared for her, found homes for her puppies, and took turns taking her home on the weekends. They named her Annie.

Annie took her job greeting passengers & employees at C & S seriously and those who did not know her personally, probably knew of her. She was loved by many.
After her death from old age complications in 1948, Christopher Demuth crafted her headstone. The inscription reads: FROM C and S MEN TO ANNIE OUR DOG 1934-1948
I could not help picturing these railroad men, saying their final good-byes to her...
Her grave is now a historic landmark.
There is also a beautiful statue of her outside the library.

The statue is located at 201 Peterson St.
Annie grave is at 136 Laporte Ave. off Mason St.

Sources: historical plaque inside the C & S building,
local newspaper clippings from the Rocky Mountain News & others, city council records (provided by Fort Collins Local History Archive)
Special Thanks to Erin Senseman, Librarian, for her help locating documents.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hat for The Alzheimer's Association

This beautiful beret is just one of the items for sale on my website now through Sept. 22nd to benefit the Alzheimer's Association: New Mexico Chapter.  All hats, jewelry, & teddy bears sold during this period help my Walk to End Alzheimer's Team. Please visit my site for more details & please share this infomation with everyone you know.
Thanks for your support!

Monday, August 27, 2012


Just a few photos from our vacation earlier this month:
Statue from Riverwalk in Pueblo, Co. Doesn't that quilt look real?!
Abbey in Canon City
Memorial Statue of Annie the Railroad Dog in front of the library in Fort Collins. This was one of my most memorable experiences on vacation & I will post more about Annie later...
Chief Washakie costume details in this statue were amazing! This stands on the capital grounds in Cheyenne, Wy.
Territorial Prison in Laramie. The entire grounds can be toured for only $5!
Bella with her doggie popsicle from a farmers market in Casper
Buffalo Bill's grave in Golden, Co.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park
Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City
Bloom Mansion in Trinidad

Monday, August 20, 2012

Website Sale to Benefit the NM Alzheimer's Association

Now through September 22nd, 2012, 100% of the Sale Price* on Everything purchased on the site will be donated to the NM Alzheimer's Association via The 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's and my walk team! Please visit the Hats, Jewelry, or Teddy Bears pages for more details...
Here's the link to my site:
Links also appear on my sidebar.
If everyone with a facebook page could re-post/share it would be much appreciated.
Also feel free to share these links with everyone you know.
*minus S&H & Pay-pal fees.  Please review the Store Policies before making a purchase.
Thanks in advance for sharing!  :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Baby blanket

I made this afghan for my cousins first baby.
It's crocheted in single stitch, with some long single stitches taken in rows below to give sort of a "raindrop" effect.
The entire blanket is done with 2 strands held together, sometimes the solids, sometimes the varigated, and sometimes a mix of the two.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fort Stanton

Officers Quarters
In 1855 the Rio Bonito Valley was being settled by Hispanic farmers. The area was also home to Apaches who conducted periodic raids against the farmers settlements & ranches. Fort Stanton was established on May 4th, 1855 & named after Captain Henry Stanton, who was killed in battle with the Apaches.
The Fort was used for protection until 1896 and Kit Carson, Governor Lew Wallace, and "Black Jack" Pershing all spent time there. The Mescaleros spent 3 years in captivity there under Carson beginning in 1862.
"Wow! Big Dogs."
In 1899 the Fort became Fort Stanton Marine Hospital for treatment of tuberculosis.
Making new friends
In the years since the Fort has served as an internment camp for German seamen, a sanitarium, a facility for the care of the mentally disabled, and housed State minimum security prisoners.

today the museum & store but formerly barracks
In 1996 the Friends of Fort Stanton was founded. They succeded in convincing the State Legislature to preserve the Fort & appropriate the first funds for its renovation.
Today the Fort is home to a museum & store and the grounds and exteriors of the buildings can be toured for free.
Fort Stanton is located just off the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway (Hwy 380) on Hwy 220 at the Bonito River. The turnoff to Hwy 220 is 4 miles southeast of Capitan on the Byway or 10 miles west of Lincoln, NM. The monument is open to visitors year round, every day.
Adjutants Office, Library