Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Celebrating Iceworm!

Our annual winter festival is a highlight for our community ... long time readers are very familiar with it ... because I post about it every year!  
After living in this community for 30+ years ... we have attended our favorite events in all possible weather conditions!  Mother Nature sent us an encouraging sunrise on Saturday!
One of my former students was in charge of the Arts and Crafts event and asked me to share a quilt for display.  It was the perfect excuse opportunity to put on the finishing touches!  I pieced this quilt a few years back and had it quilted by The Green Fairy.
This event offered me the deadline I needed to finish it ... finally!  All that was required was hand tacking down one side of the bindng.  Too funny ... life and other projects get in the way ... so nice to have this event come up to give me that final nudge!
It was crowded, so I was unable to take pics of all the quilts ...
... but here are a few ...
for you to enjoy!
Ya-Hoo!  It is completely finished!
An old event was reintroduced this year ... Iceworm Cake Decorating contest!  Love seeing new energy influence long standing traditions! 
Our State Champion High School Volleyball Team was invited to carry the community banner and lead the parade!  Mother Nature had changed her mood and was delivering very cold, wet and windy weather!  We are used to her fickle ways and her antics don't dampen our spirits!
Neither weather nor a broken leg prevents the Baby Iceworm  from appearing!  This year she rode a 4-Wheeler ... much safer than crutches!
Iceworm weekend never fails to fill our hearts with local pride!  I so appreciate all those who volunteer their time and talent to make this event possible!  A week of fun and play for all ages is just what is needed in the midst of winter!

Do what you love.  Play.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Local Fun!

This weekend is filled with activities that I look forward to all year!  O ... how I love life in my remote corner of the planet!

Do what you love.  Love your hometown!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Puppy Popsicles!

We enjoyed clear skies this weekend!  Such a relief after weeks of rain!
With clear skies come colder temperatures ... this former Minnesota girl welcomes that!
Nissa is always far ahead of me on our walks ... it is impossible to keep up with her.  I noticed that she kept stopping ... would bite off the tips of bushes ... and in true retriever fashion, gobble it up!
Upon closer observation I realized that she was eating "willow roses"!  Over the years ... in past posts ... I have shared their wonder here on the blog.  They really are one of Mother Nature's miracles!  You can discover the science behind their creation here.
Apparently they taste great!
Munch!  Crunch!  Another one in her gullet!
It must be understood that willow roses are abundant and easy to see ... in the summer and after the willow has lost its leaves ... and Nissa has never shown any interest in them until now!
Apparently they taste great frozen!
Yep ... that rose also found itself in the belly of a very silly 8 month old puppy!
There wasn't any way to keep Nissa from feasting on them ... she grazed the entire 2 mile walk!  I was worried about how they might effect her digestion, and kept a close eye on her.  My fears were unwarranted ... and we now refer to willow roses as puppy popsicles!  A gift for puppies from Mother Nature's freezer!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Finish ... or Three!

Since Christmas Day, we can count the number of days with out sideways snotty rain on one hand.  That kind of weather really makes our already short days darker ... but every dark cloud has a silver lining ... it is great weather to dillydally by!
Our sun sets around 4:45 now ... the sun rises about 9:00 ... the days are becoming noticeably longer!  I took this picture yesterday ... Lake Eyak experiencing the sunset through rain!  I love the colors as the evening blue approaches upon the last rays of light.  Am so happy I didn't miss that moment!
Here in DillyDallydom ... the urge to finish something was recently in full swing!  While going through piles a few things, I happened across three items that were waiting their turn to be quilted and bound.  Immediately the idea of accomplishing three finishes before the end of January became a priority!  We brought Her Majesty out of the sewing room ... took over the dining table ... and got this party started!
We began with the smallest project!
My Gingham Table Runner!  I had pieced it last spring, and want it available to use this spring and summer!
Let's just say that Flicka was less than helpful ... but we were both very happy!
I admitted a long time ago that machine quilting is not one of my talents ... sew, I keep it very simple!  I just used my walking foot and quilted 1/4 inched on each side of every seam.
The second project was a kit that I had bought during an impromptu shop hop trip in Washington.  I purchased the kit at Ester's Fabrics on Bainbridge Island.  It contains some unusual prints from France ... Valerie and I fell in love with them.  I quilted it by doing a simple stitch in the ditch around each piece, then crossing each square and rectangle!  Keeping it easy and letting the fabrics shine through!
Final project was a charm square quilt project that I had purchased a year ago while in Oregon building the DillyDally Trail!
Stitch in the ditch and straight through the rectangles!  Flicka was intimately involved ... she really is such a quilt kitty!
All this quilting activity is usually limited to about 2 hours a day ... because an 8 month old puppy monopolizes most of my time.  Yep, she pretty much dictates what kind of dillydallying happens at this point.
The goal everyday is ... how can I wear her out enough that she will nap for a couple of hours ... sew I can quilt!  Good news is that she loves being wet ... nasty weather does not bother her!  We go out in it everyday ... two hours of uninterrupted dillydallying is worth it!
Quilting done ... passed a close inspection ... time to cut binding!
Gingham ... done!
I spy a kitty ... this is helping?
By the third binding, the supervisor decided to shirk her duties and chose to be a mischief maker instead!  Kitties are so silly!
After I finish binding quilts, I like to immediately wash and dry them!  I love the look and feel of a quilt after it has been laundered ... soft and wrinkley!  As is well known ... I love gingham ... and I look forward to using this table runner!
I'm calling this my "Gypsy" table topper ... so bright and fun!
This youth sized quilt is made with Basic Grey's Persimmon fabric collection.  Soft colored fabrics looked a bit washed out in this photo, but I find it almost spa like ... very different look than the other two!  It is so hard to take pictures this time of the year ... artificial light makes everything look yellow and bright daylight seem to wash everything out!  I plan to use the first two personally and hope to donate the third one!
Friday, January 29, 2016 Sunset
It felt so good to end the month with three finishes!  I plan to spend the weekend making progress on other projects in progress ... it is wonderful to feel forward movement!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Time Flies!

I know that I am not alone in this ... time flies by!  I was scrolling through my photos and it hit me that February is only a week away!  Yikes!
Here in DillyDallydom ... life is easily improved with a long run and walk.  Nissa has an abundance of puppy energy and our 1500 square foot home is too small!  With that level of enthusiasm she needs to spend part of her day outdoors.  We take a 1-2 hour walk/run every day ... whether Mother Nature cooperates or not!  I only stop to take photos when the weather is decent ... so I always feel that I might be misleading everyone.  If everyday looked like my photos, a million people would move here! ;-)
Terry and Barb are our December QBee birthday girls ... due to travel we celebrated in January.
Their birthdays mark the end of our 2015 birthday cycle.  We began our QBee birthday parties in October 2007 ... two years before I began blogging!
Slowly ... but consistently our days are getting a bit longer!
While working on a 007 project I cut out 216 squares that were 7/8th inch!  Insanity!  After I was finished, I recalculated the numbers ... and I only needed 36!  Quilt math!  So ... I have 180 extra 7/8ths of an inch squares ... guess they'll make great fabric confetti!  Such silliness in DillyDallydom!
The lake freezes and thaws all winter long as the temperatures drop and rise.  So even though we take our walks here most often, the view is always changing.  I never tire of it!
Cannot get this fur baby to sit still for a photo!  ;-)  When we ask her to stay, she thinks she is in trouble and pouts!  Such a goofball!
Girlfriend DD recently spent an afternoon sewing ... Flicka supervised!  Of course!
Finally ... a photo of a walk in light rain!
Sister DD sent photos ... here she is with her Star Wars quilt and wearing her Star Wars pajamas.  I make pjs for the kids every Christmas!  
Here are both she and Boyfriend DD in their pjs.  I had planned to spend the past week in California with them, but Sister had a an unexpected business trip come up.  She would have been home only 5 of the ten days I was to be there ... so I rescheduled and will be visiting her in May.
Picture proof that I can't keep up with this pup!  She turned 8 months old yesterday!
This storm system moved in and is dumping buckets of rain today.  I will brave the elements ... Nissa loves the rain ... and we'll wear off some of her energy ... ;-) ... while draining mine!  Life in DillyDallydom is never dull ... time flies by ... and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally