It has really been hot and muggy here in Illinois. So this photo of a floating chunk of ice is really refreshing. Can you guess where it came from?
This drifting berg recently calved from a glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.
Our cruise through the Park brought us very close to Margerie Glacier. We watched from a quiet ship as the glacier crept closer to the water at the alarming rate of 7 feet per day. As the glacier broke, loud cracking sounds echoed like shot guns. The air was cool and the sight was amazing. As I watched I thought, how could you ever depict this in fabric and capture the thrill of seeing a real live glacier?
Juneau, our first port of call.
It’s always and adventure being a quilter. Recently I toured with Quilt Seminars at Sea on a really big adventure to Southeast Alaska. Classes were held on the days we were at sea and the rest of the time we visited Alaskan cities along the inside passage. First stop- Juneau.
Art work by Kay Field Parker
After hiking the step avenues of Juneau we found the State Museum of Alaska with a special exhibit by Kay Field Parker. She creates stunning Ravenstail weavings. It’s a older style of twining that results in dynamic geometric patterns like these above.
Tlingit sewing kit.
The museum also houses a collection of everyday items used by the indigenous peoples of this area. This sewing kit was used by a Tlingit seamstress complete with bone needles, thimbles and other sewing tools.
It’s high summer in Juneau so the vegetation is lush and roaring with life. Everywhere you turned, plants were in bloom. Could these be blue poppies?
Please check out Frieda’s blog today. She has asked me some stirring questions about my Craftsy class, Hand-Stitched Collage Quilts. No doubt you will be stirred too. Or at least lightly shaken.
Waffle Irons by Laura Wasilowski
Speaking of cooking. As you may have guessed, I’m not a very good cook. So I made this quilt above so I can tell the difference between an iron and a waffle iron. Check out Frieda’s blog. It will explain all this for you.