Jetty(left) just had to out do her mom Ocean's (right) agility tongue
But here Jetty is just looking like her cute little self
Oyster trying to look dignified(but always handsome)
and the best he could manage with mom moving his feet around and making him stand still-and no ball to play with and chew on!(you can see he is tucking and squatting a bit-but I am pleased that he at least stood still long enough for Randy to get a nice side shot)
Got caught up on my Cora's Quilts Gathering Mystery weeks.
Here is the current month Children's Library block. I found this really appropriate striped batik, so didn't make little 1" squares but used this instead. it combined all the colors so nicely, I couldn't resist saving time and effort.
Catching up on the Solstice Challenge a bit at a time. Skipped a couple that I will go back to later but here is Block 19 in a slightly smaller version at 16"
This is my grandpuppy Jorma owned by my best friend Vicky in Utah.
I don't get much time to practice with him, as I am in Idaho but we do a bit when I go down to UT. We are developing teamwork as we go. Last weekend it showed that it was coming together. He earned his first agility legs in Novice Standard Preferred and Novice Jumpers Preferred.
We also had a huge stride in our teamwork on the last JWW run. We didn't qualify but he did his "turns". Turn means turn away from me, we will be changing direction and the next obstacle will be away from me.
He had been turning in the same direction he was going which meant he had to turn in a little circle to be going in the new direction. It not only takes extra time but could cause him to repeat an obstacle that would now be in his line of movement. A smooth change of direction is more efficient, it saves time, is easier on the dog's body and keeps him on correct course. I am so proud of him and how fast he is learning.
I couldn't decide which way I liked the colors placed so I did both.
It is called the Friendship Block. To me one looks like hearts and the other much like the card trick but reminds me of holding hands. Because the quilt is going to be so large, I have again chosen to do a smaller version. each of these blocks it 6" finished and will line up nicely as spacer blocks for the bigger blocks.
I decided rather than skimping and trying to find little spots for my red that I would just buy more of this wonderful color. Now I can disperse it throughout the quilt and make it really pop. This block will balance block 2 in the quilt
Block 15 Block 2
I also decided with the large 32"block and two at 20.5" that the quilt is becoming bigger than I would like for a cuddle quilt so I made this in the 12" size but included the little corner triangles even if only a bit will show because I thought they added that unique touch. I will continue to analyze the block sizes and may even trim a few down to 6-10" to fit in the spaces created by the multiple sized blocks.
Every year we make a cuddle quilt based on the Bernese National Specialty theme.
We used to have several quilters but now it is down to Vicky and I.
This years theme is Summit to Sea and is using National Park signs as part of the theme décor.
As an added detail, I was part of a Storm at Sea quilt along so the Berner's body, the foreground, sky, ocean and mountain are Storm at Sea blocks. The Berner's head is applique and there are flying geese evergreen trees. The majority of the center is batik, the main border is a print of National Park posters. We enjoy the whole process of planning, cutting, sewing, and adding a cozy polar fleece backing together, even though we live in different states. We donate the quilt to the BMDCA Health Fund Auction to earn money to research health issues in our beloved breed.
And there is the result of using the previous blocks to determine where to go in the colors to fit the design. I am really pleased with the result. I added a little extra heart to pull in the red and well to add my own little touch.
I'm a little behind on the Sampler, it got to be a bit much trying to keep up with two blocks a week.
I have saved all the directions to be sure I finish up even if it isn't by the time the Quilt along ends.
And just so I don't feel totally out of it, I did the current block 99. This is a fun block, looks complicated but was really easy and I love the way mine came out. But then I am partial to these three fabrics.
Started the Jinny Beyer Mystery. I am using the colors I used for Orca Bay(Bonnie Hunter Mystery) and will use this new medallion quilt over the head of the bed with Orca Bay. I had a great time buying fabrics for just the right gradation from very dark purple/almost black hand dye, to a pale batik that pulls in the colors, through navy w purple, reds, pinks and oranges, using my Birthday discount at Quilt Expressions here in Boise.
Working on El Provence, making the hour glasses that either the dog ate or I miscounted or misplaced, so I can finish up the quilt. I have about half the blocks made. I am glad I downloaded the directions to refer back to, as this mystery is no longer free. I am all into free.
Trying to stay caught up while still mostly inside due to snow and icy ground.
Took Ocean out tracking at the local high school. Since we can't practice TDX tracking we are working on VST tracking.
Laid a track in the snow for Oyster who hasn't been tracking for a few weeks-just too cold to work more than one track-until a balmy 40 degrees yesterday. He did really well indicating corners and committing to them with confidence. I find it is much easier to run the track than lay the track. Laying means trudging through the snow, running, is literally running but with the power of Oyster pulling me along.
Oh and so the title isn't too odd, have been slowly working on my latest pair of socks in sunset stripes. 😂