Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show :: Part 5

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Hey everybody- are you ready for Quilt Camp?  This special exhibit was organized by Kathy Deggendorfer to celebrate her new fabric line called Quilter's Road Trip.  What fun to see all these adorable vintage trailers in one spot.  I am making notes for future trailer ornaments.  Enjoy!

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Mono Lake and Other Points South

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Hello!  It's nice to catch up on here again after a super busy summer.  We were gone for a while this month as we took a road trip to San Diego and did some sight seeing along the way.  We took the trip so we could help Chloe move to San Diego for graduate school.  She will be pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience.  

If you keep up with my Instagram account you will have seen many photos from the trip as well as glimpses of my sketchbook.  The photos here were the only ones I took with my Nikon camera and it was while we stopped at Mono Lake.  It was beautiful, but we were pursued by thunder clouds so we didn't stay too long.  

It was so nice to have a family trip again with all 4 of us.  It's so rare that Chloe has the time to join us.  She will be dedicated to research for the next 6 years at least, so we had to make the most of our time.  We were able to visit Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, and other points on the way south.  Then we had a few days in San Diego before we left Chloe behind and went back north along the coast.  Road tripping is one of my very favorite ways to travel, so we had a great time and had good weather for nearly the whole trip.  On the way back we stopped in Solvang, San Luis Obispo, Carmel, Los Gatos and Redding.  We saw our favorite places and also some new places.

Now that we are back I'm trying to get back into a regular routine again.  I have something new to share in the next blog post.  This fall I want to work more with acrylics, gouache and watercolor.  I am also doing some small textile art pieces, but I am having more hand and arm pain and so I'm wondering how long I'll be able to do that kind of work.  I have one quilt I'd like to finish so I can enter it in QuiltCon next year.  More soon!

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Totality

 Beautiful Rimrock Ranch

Beautiful Rimrock Ranch

The total solar eclipse last week was the talk of the town for pretty much the whole summer.  I remember hearing dire predictions about crowd size last spring and it only got worse as time went on.  By the week before the eclipse we had taken all precautions- gassed up all the vehicles, filled the pantry, and scouted out all the back road routes we might need to take to avoid traffic.  Mark was out of town, so it was just Ryan and me making plans to head to the total eclipse zone for an overnight.  

At our house we could have seen a 99% solar eclipse.  At first it was my inclination to be satisfied with that, but after hearing my Dad's argument (and pretty much anyone who has seen a total eclipse) why we should go the extra mile (or 30) to see this once in a lifetime spectacle, I relented and started making plans.  

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As it turned out, while there were localized traffic jams, including a really awful, hours-long jam east of Prineville for folks going to the Symbiosis festival, in Bend we actually had very light road traffic.  Our route to the eclipse would take us to Sisters and then north to where we would have 1 minute and 24 seconds of totality.  But, like I said, I scouted out the back roads that I'd never tried before and since this was an adventure, Ryan and I took those back roads even if we didn't need to.  It was fun to see a part of Central Oregon I'd never been to.  We loaded up the pickup with camping gear and lots of food and drinks and headed to a private ranch for the eclipse party.

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Rimrock Ranch is private, but the owner coordinates tours with the Deschutes Land Trust and the Sisters Astronomy Club.  My dad is a member of the SAC and so we were invited to join ranch owner Gayle for a night-before star party and the eclipse viewing the following morning.  

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Skies were rather smoky over most of Bend and Sisters, but luckily the ranch was a bit north of the smokiest part and we had pretty good skies while we were there.  This field is the place where the astronomers set up viewing telescopes for all the celestial sights.  

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My sister Cheryl

Sunday afternoon was pretty hot and spent mostly relaxing in the shade, but by the evening the temperatures had cooled enough to make a game of frisbee a pleasant pastime.  

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Brother-in-law Mark and Ryan

 Sunset view of Black Butte

Sunset view of Black Butte

 Sunset view of Mt Jefferson, with smoke

Sunset view of Mt Jefferson, with smoke

 Black Butte sunset

Black Butte sunset

After sunset we were treated to a fantastic star party.  We had views of Saturn with moon and rings, Jupiter with two moons, globular clusters, nebulae, and beautiful meteors.  We didn't get to bed until rather late.

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Eclipse day sunrise

We woke up before dawn on Monday and caught these beautiful sunrise pictures.  Ryan and I are really night owls, so this whole experience is something we rarely see.  

 Home sweet home on the ranch

Home sweet home on the ranch

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Sleepy head

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By 9 am we were breakfasted and mostly packed and ready to watch the eclipse.  As I said, my Dad is an amateur astronomer and retired physicist.  He was over the moon (so to speak) about the possibilities of a total solar eclipse right in his back yard.  He and several others from the SAC brought telescopes and binoculars with solar filters.  Of course, we also had our solar eclipse glasses.  The eclipse started shortly after 9 am, but it wasn't until about 10 am that you could notice a definite shift in the light and a cooling of the air temperature.

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Dad, always with his eyes to the sky.

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Everyone needs glasses, including Scrabble.

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This was at about 10 am.  The light was changing all around, the temp was cooling by quite a bit and Scrabble was loving it.  I started drawing my sketchbook page, ready for the eclipse.

 What do you call a group of Volcanologists?

What do you call a group of Volcanologists?

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Gayle and Cheryl with one of the glass tile souvenirs that Cheryl made.

In addition to the astronomy club folks and their families, there was a tour group of volcanologists that had a tour at the ranch for the eclipse.

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After 10 am the light became more and more eerie.  

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 Ryan, Mark, Cheryl, Dad and me, with minutes to go

Ryan, Mark, Cheryl, Dad and me, with minutes to go

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Totality!

Once totality began I tried to take a photo of the sun, but my camera wasn't focusing.  I gave up on that and got this one photo of everyone in the dark.  The 1 minute and 24 seconds were going by so fast!  I did get a video of all of us reacting to the eclipse which you can see part of on Instagram.  In addition, my Dad made a time lapse video of photos he took of the eclipse.  It was an amazing sight and worth all the trouble to get there for it.  Makes me want to see another one!

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Sunday ranch view

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Total eclipse view

Here are some of the pages from my sketchbook of the two days we were at the ranch.  I'm glad I was able to record my thoughts soon after the event.  It was truly spectacular.  If you are ever in the path of one you won't soon forget it!

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Happy Halloween!

 Chloe's Halloween Quilt

Chloe's Halloween Quilt

It's been a busy month!  So busy I haven't even gone through my vacation photos.  I've been working on a bunch of Halloween quilts this month.  I made two of this design and two of the Halloween chevron design you'll see below.  I took these two with me when I visited Chloe last week and offered them to her- one or the other or both.  She chose this one because of the muted colors and lots of wordy fabrics.  I really like it too.  

It started with the panel in the middle to which I added the zigzag border without regard to how the triangles would measure up to the middle.  You'll notice they go higgledy piggledy around the corners, but it still works.  That's liberated quilting!  If you have the desire to try it, just cut a bunch of squares from each of two fabrics.  Cut them into half square triangles.  Sew together a dark and a light and make a bunch of those squares.  Arrange them in a zigzag formation and sew them together.  Then just sew to the side of a center medallion without regard to whether they go off the edge.  Cut to fit and add the other sides.  Easy peasy!

I really love the backing fabric and Chloe did too.  It's perfect for those with a bit of a science bent.  

I'll post my vacation photos soon I hope!  In the meantime, if you are interested in the Halloween quilt below, it's now for sale in my Etsy shop.  

 Halloween Chevron Quilt

Halloween Chevron Quilt

I've got another busy month coming up as I have signed up to do two different holiday art fairs here in Bend.  I'll post info about that for locals in a few weeks.  In the meantime I'll be making new Christmas ornaments- both fabric and painted.  I'm excited!