Monday, August 25, 2014

Turbulent

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One turbulent day last week, I went up to the lake.  The wind was tearing the water into whitecaps and pulling at my skirt and scarf, misting my hair.  I love this kind of day.  It makes me feel a little bit hearty. Rosy-cheeked and tough and merry, like Heidi on the Alm with Peter and the goats.  I look at all that gray, the weathered, rounded stones, and the wind-scoured rocky shore and my muddy bare feet and my chapped nose and whipping hair and feel kind of wild and wonderful. 
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I think we’re mostly done with summer here in the North.  It is cool and cloudy and windy, and the sky keeps churning and threatening.  The garden is a jungle.  At dusk, I hear distant geese, making their way.  It feels like it’s time for this quilt. 
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Wouldn’t it be great if it would stay lit from within like that, stained-glass all the way to the finish?  I don’t know why I haven’t left a quilt top unfinished, and used it as a curtain. 

By the way, thank you ALL, so much, for commiserating with me last week.  It is good to be here with you, and I am so grateful.  :)

29 comments:

  1. Having a rough day here. Your beautiful new header, the photos of the beach, and your lovely new quilt encouraged me. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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  2. I do like your quilt, I'm not sure I'd manage to get all the points of those triangles to line up properly. Nothing like a blowy day for making you feel good!

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  3. I love stormy days and being tucked up inside. Your quilt looks wonderful! X

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  4. Beautiful pictures! I like the first one most.
    Lucie

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  5. The colors of your scrap quilt (my favorite kind) look warm and cozy, compared to the blustery lake scene. A walk along that shore line sounds wonderful.

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  6. Forgot to add - great header pic!

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  7. You must make one right away for that exact window, it would be perfect.
    Hugs form one middle aged Mother to another,
    Meredith

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  8. Yes! Make yourself a curtain. Do!!! Your quilt is beautiful hanging there. I also enjoyed your beach views. I love to walk on the Oregon coast on a wet Ns windy day. It sort of makes you sit up and take notice of the world around you doesn't it?
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. It does look beautiful up against the window, perhaps one day you will make one to leave just like that! xx

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  10. Hello Kristen, Your quilt looks amazing, such a lot of hard work has gone into that, and yes, it would look cool as a curtain! Oh, I love wild water and the wind blowing, it makes you feel alive!!! (Ok, maybe it makes you feel cold, but then once you are home, you can warm up with a nice hot drink and a bit of crafting and it will make you feel good!)
    Lovely new header!!
    Have a good week,
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be/

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  11. I really like your new banner/leading photo! the quilt does look stunning against the light. I'm looking forward to the next stages. I think you could have at least one beautifully framed photo of this in your house. it would be one way of keeping that look on display and it's a beautiful image. oh! a row of such framed and mounted photos of back-lit quilts would be beautiful.

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  12. I love your end-of-summer header photo, especially the plant and the radish coaster - lovely. I was just thinking about Heidi the other day, and remembering her in her little bed looking out over the mountain. I started a quilt this week, it seems like the time is right. I can just feel a little coolness in the air now. I hope you have a good week. CJ xx

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  13. Love that quilt top and the lake pictures! I wanted to tell you that I started making the sweater you showed on the last post. I loved it and hoped it wouldn't be too hard and it's not!

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    1. That's great, well done! I'm glad you're finding it just right. I'm about to start another one myself. :)

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  14. I loved Heidi when I was a child - still do! I wanted to be Heidi! I got to be in the Alps just once and they are amazing. Your quilt is beautiful. I don't have curtains in my house (except in 1 bedroom) but if I ever move and need curtains then I intend to use patchwork quilts for that purpose.

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  15. How delightful in the window, the quilt is truly beautiful.

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  16. We've been getting lots of hints of "quilting weather," too. I need to get a top basted so I have something to pick up and work on as the days get short!

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  17. Hi Kristen,

    I don’t know whether you’ve stopped by my blog lately (I’ve been very quiet recently, I know), but our baby boy was born just over two months ago. It’s all been VERY exciting around here – and VERY busy too!!! I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t abandoned the blogging world altogether – it’s just that some things have been ‘on hold’ for a while.

    I’m looking forward to finding some time (soon, hopefully) to catch up on all of your posts that I’ve missed.....

    Hugs,

    Carly

    x

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    1. Hugs and congratulations to you, Carly! Now quit typing and go take a nap! ;)

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  18. Hello Kristen,

    This is a bittersweet post, so very much in keeping with the changes in the air as the Northern Hemisphere turns from Summer to Autumn. How we too are holding on to The last rays of the Summer sun and wishing that the wall to wall blue skies will keep going just a little longer.

    But, how wonderful to have your delightful quilt or pretty knitwear to keep away the chill of Autumn. So beautiful and prettily practical. Perfect.

    We have found you quite by accident in the labyrinth of Blogtopia. We shall return for more of your charming posts.

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  19. Love those pictures of the pebbles at the lakeside - something about that resonates with me. The days are growing shorter and the light is definitely changing - yet it's still August....! The air is cooler so I think this is the herald of Autumn - time to get involved with quilts and blanket-making. I have yet to knuckle down to patchwork....yet another crocheted blanket design is worming its way though my mind first, but one of these days I WILL pick up my rotary cutter and make a start. Thanks for the inspiration, Kristen!

    SueH at The Knitting Assassin!

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  20. great !
    Greetings from Poland :)
    Katarzyna


    www.sajuki.blogspot.com

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  21. that lit-up patchwork is GORGEOUS. I have seen quilt tops hung against the light several times now - I think it is time for me to do it. My version of stained glass.

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  22. Testing comments with my Google account

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  23. Your beautiful pictures which create amazing color schemes wills me to create things based on them. They are absolutely drool worthy along with your crochet and knitting. Especially the beach picture with all the wonderful brown-reds and grays. I need to find a color scheme generator. Any suggestions?

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    1. Thanks very much! I have not used a color scheme generator, so I'm afraid I can't offer any suggestions--I'd like to hear which one you eventually choose, though. Sounds like an interesting project! :)

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  24. P.S. I just realized we have the same names with different spellings. :)

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