Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Secret for Me...

...in getting multitudes of HSTs made is to have a tennis tournament to watch! 
 And that would be Wimbledon, especially with the return of Venus and Serena Williams,
although Venus's attire is atrocious!
I am challenged with the use of the high contrast solid fabrics, so it is slow going. 
I've already started to plan a border.  Thinking maybe some red on white applique, but not floral. 
We'll see if I have any enthusiasm left once the center is finished! 

The tennis was rained out the other day, so we fit in a hike to the very sedate Coal Creek...which is more like a babbling brook.  Tall ferns and giant flowering plants surrounded the creek and made for some great photo opportunities. 
These flower stalks were on plants that were chest high and had fernlike leaves.  My best guess is it is a subalpine Larkspur of some sort. Our hike was cut short when I saw an animal print in the mud around the creek and asked my DH what it might be.
  "Probably a large cat," he said. 
 Suddenly realizing the effect that would have on me, he tried to change his opinion.
"No, probably someone's dog," was his second answer, even though we had seen no other prints besides sign of free range cattle on the entire walk.  Needless to say, I decided I had had enough for the day.  Still managed to get a fair amount of uphill cardio before my downhill retreat.

Back to HSTs and tennis!

22 comments:

regan said...

Cheryl....your R&W is fabulous! Love that bold strip effect behind the hst's! It's stunning!

Betty Lou said...

Your red and white is georgeous-----two color quilts are so striking. I have to make one.

Karen said...

The red & white combo is so striking. The red triangles just pop. I have always been attracted to red & white quilts. Do you find sewing solid colors to be harder than sewing on prints?

Aunt 'Reen said...

Cheryl - your Red & White quilt is going to be GORGEOUS!
I love the design you chose for this!

Maureen said...

Love the red and white! I haven't seen this setting before.
Great photos from your hike. I think I would have retreated home too!

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh...your quilt is looking wonderful! Thanks for posting your progress.

Robin said...

I could identify with your nervousness about being in the same area as a large cat. We were walking in Montana a few years ago and came to a sign saying "watch for bears beyond this point". I turned around........
I love the stark contrast in your red and white quilt.

Deb said...

Your red and white quilt is so wonderful. I can't stop looking at it. I've never seen the setting, but I'm in love!

Merilyn said...

LOL!!! Don't you just love it when men are so honest, then suddenly realise uh o! wrong answer!!!! Then try and quickly fix it?? Gotta love 'em!!!
Your red/white quilt is very striking, I can't wait to see where you take it next!!

Sue said...

Oh Cheryl! Your red & white quilt is stunning ! I just love it !

Christine said...

The red and white is stunning.
Men...... if they only knew to think sometimes before they say something.

Take care
Christine

Jill said...

Loving the HST's in red and white. Looking forward to the border.

Stray Stitches said...

The red and white blocks are so very pretty :)
The creek looks so cool and peaceful. Don't blame you for making your own tracks back to home base after seeing the animal tracks.

Lori said...

Love the r&W! I jsut ordered fabrci and hope to start on mine in July!! You've inspired me.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Glad you've found a way to spin out of a bunch of HSTs! I always enjoy seeing the plant treasures you encounter on your hiking adventures. Lovely photos!

Wendy said...

The red and white quilt is coming along wonderfully. I love this combination. Sounds like a good hike even if it was cut short.

Elyte said...

Putting hst's together is a much safer past time than bumping into big cats. Good decision.

Nicky said...

Love your red and white - so dramatic! Am interested to see where you go with the borders... I think I would be freaked out by the presence of a large cat but I guess it would feel the same about you??

Quilt Hollow said...

Absolutely beautiful red and white!

Heather said...

First off - LOVE LOVE LOVE the red and white quilt! The block layout creates a fabulous contrast! I may have to make one like it one day!
Now, for that plant... We used to have those at my Dad's place and he called them a Fiddle Head Fern. I'm not sure if it is the same thing, but the curled part of the un-open fern looks like the head piece on the neck of a fiddle/violin. The flowers are very orchid-like and something that may be near a stream in underbrush... A great trip down memory lane for me and the little creek where our Fiddle Heads Ferns would grow.
Enjoy your day!

annieb said...

The red and white is beautiful! We are always on the look out for bears when we hike, and sometimes it is too scary for me when we see bear droppings, so I turn back too. Hiking in gropus is good with lots of noise and laughter will mostly scare the bears away.

libbyquilter said...

the red and white blocks are quite striking~!!~ and at only 3 inches finished i'm really impressed~!

:-)
libbyQ