Sunday, August 31, 2014

Empty spools...

....well - one empty spool...the quilting on my Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt is slowly progressing. Just finished using a spool of #16 J & P Coats hand quilting thread. How old is that ??? Don't think they have that color anymore or at least that number. Not too worry though as I have 1 more matching spool and with the quilt well over half way finished, there should be enough. I even thought to bring it quilting continues as we head homeward...

Can you believe it is September all ready? There are touches of gold along the Alaska Highway and our fleece jackets felt cosy as we made our way through the Muncho Lake and Toad River area yesterday...

East of Muncho Lake, high on the Alaska Highway
One of my favorite areas - the turquoise blue waters of the Toad River

Hope you are enjoying this long holiday weekend.

Pat in Dawson Creek, British Columbia - Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August thoughts from Alaska....

Hi everyone - still enjoying the beauty and wonder of the 49th state. Just a brief posting as wi-fi is so iffy.

Wanted to share a very fun evening my daughter-in-law, Jena and I had last Saturday at the home of Alaska Art Experience.

Jena is 2nd from the left and I am 2nd from the right..

Photo by Dave Murrow

A group of us learned how to paint on silk scarves - Gina, our instructor, is an artist of many talents and loves to use silk as one of her mediums. We painted creekside with the sound of rushing water as our music. A perfect Alaskan friends, a lovely meal and a unique memory to bring home.

Our return journey begins next week - wish we could stay longer...

Pat in Palmer, Alaska

View from our rv




Friday, July 11, 2014

Recharging the batteries...

....going to take a break from blogging for awhile....

Back later...



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July America!

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday...

As for my week - to go with that "Relax" pillow I made recently, the intention is to continue along those same lines.. Found this little iron sign at a Herb Fest that I just had to find a spot in the garden..

To all my Canadian readers - Happy Canada Day!

Have a great week everyone!






Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow going with reverse stitching...

Just discovered Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching- how could I have missed this before? Everything lately has been slow stitching and way too much reverse sewing. Among the slow projects is this center for a quilt called Drayton Hall by Di Ford. Those 3 pieces off by themselves are little birdie parts looking for a new place to land after being "unsewn".

New to broderie perse, the number of pieces that have been appliqued and then removed or repositioned are numerous - making for very slow stitching indeed. Eventually, this will be an almost complete circle with a slight opening at the top...but in the meantime...slow and steady is the way things go at Taylorsoutback.

Thank you for dropping by!!






Friday, June 20, 2014


....bought some craft burlap, an inexpensive set of stencils and green spray paint..

Used an old pillow for inside...some quick sewing..

And now if I can find the time, there is a comfy cushion for my tired back.

Guess I had better start making an effort to relax, with newly diagnosed elevated blood pressure (just one more pill to add to the collection - great)

Wishing each of you a relaxing weekend..






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Carpe Diem... is the beginning of summer here in Wisconsin.. June is just about the most perfect month in my humble opinion. Powder blue skies, puffy clouds...comfortable days and cool nights for sleeping. Everything is new green and the pond is high...young life abounds ...

Outdoor projects come together after a start last Fall...

My herbs are doing a happy dance because their feet are no longer in clay soil that is either hard baked or soggy following any rain...this is their new home..

Loving the blue lupines along the back - special to me - seeds were brought back from one of our Alaska trips...

A little clump of marigolds, chervil and basil seedlings by the potting shed porch...

Miss Kim lilacs in bloom...a delicate fragrance hangs in the evening air...

Somehow, I got distracted from unsewing borders (more on this another time)

...watching our family of goslings with their attentive parents.

I did manage to finish Block #6 on the Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt - this was an enjoyable bit of applique to do... happy you stopped by to share this day in June...hoping wherever in the world you are that the day is good for you.