Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WIP Wed., Organic Chemistry Quilt, and vacation

Over the last 2 weeks, our family drove from Eastern Oregon to Chicago and back, mainly to see family and friends, but we also took in many of our country's natural beauties along the way.  We tried to stay off the interstates, and camped all but 2 nights (or stayed in family or friends' homes).  We covered almost 5000 miles, and were in our truck almost 90 hours!  I'm afraid my pictures weren't that great, especially since we got a lot of rain on our trip, and since many of the pictures were taken from a truck moving 55-70 mph.  Here's our favorite camping spot that we found on our trip... It's just outside the Soldier Creek Wilderness Area, in NW Nebraska.  I joked that we had a million dollar view for only $8.  We had the small campground all to ourselves, if you don't count the multitude of birds.  Some of our favorite spots, other than the homes of our loved ones, were City of Rocks Rec Area in Southern Idaho, NW Wyoming, LaCrosse, WI and surrounding areas, Lake Superior and the NE corner of Minnesota, and the mountains of Western Montana and Northern Idaho.

Another view of our view...
Lake Superior.

 Mountains of Montana.
 We also had the unfortunate opportunity to drive through Minot, ND the day after the town had been evacuated due to flooding.  It was devastating to see so many houses already underwater, and to see the desperation of those trying to save what was left.  We tried to avoid the area, but all US roads to the north were closed.  We saw a tremendous amount of flooding, in North Dakota, but also in Eastern Montana and Southern Minnesota.  So so sad!

Today is also Wednesday, so I though I'd link up with Freshly Pieced Blog's WIL WED and share my progress on my "molecule", or "Organic Chemistry" Quilt.  I was hoping to get it done in time to enter into the Modern Quilt Guild contest, but am not holding my breath.  I've all but come to the conclusion, after trying to enter 3 of these contests, that 3 months just isn't enough time for me to create an original quilt and make it.  This quilt has taken more time than just about any quilt I've made, mostly because I have hand embroidered so much of it.  I did most of it in our truck on the road, and only have 1 or 2 blocks left, so there's still hope, but another problem with it is that it's not going to photograph very well.  But here's a picture of my "Estrogen" molecule, and a detail.  I hope to have a finished quilt, or at least quilt top to show soon!  With the weather getting hot, my time on my sewing machine is becoming limited...

I hope all of you are having a great summer so far!!

7 comments:

quirky granola girl said...

fun block! :)

LynCC said...

hehe I just *love* that you made an estrogen block! My Beloved EggHead daughter would really get a kick out of this project, being the science gal that she is.

Amy said...

very nice views! so peaceful. It is so sad to see towns ruined due to disaster, we recently went through Joplin Mo. and it was bad... I stopped at quilt shop there and a lady was telling me she lost all of her fabric due to tornado.. I had to give her a hug..

Beth said...

Glad to see you back!!! Most of my memories growing up were CAMPING!!! We spent many summers traversing the US... staying in remote areas of different states. It's great for kids too, gives them a view of our country.... that you don't get from a plane!

The quilt... well it will be done when it's done.

Lee said...

Wow, some incredible shots. Glad you had a good trip! And you were even in my home state (Wisconsin). Fun!

Love what you're doing with the organic chemistry quilt - how perfect, turning hexies into molecules! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

My Sweet Prairie said...

Estrogen! You rock.
Monika

Amy E. said...

your camping pictures are making me jealous! i'm from MN but dont' live there now, and i miss it every day!

also, i'm really excited to see your o-chem quilt! sounds like a lot of work, but really nerdy, and i love nerdy!